Flying Dutchman USA




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One-Design Class Type: Dinghy

Was this boat built to be sailed by youth or adults? Adult

Approximately how many class members do you have? 40

About Flying Dutchman USA

The Flying Dutchman is a one-design international two-person class with active sailors all over the world. It is one of the most exhilarating dinghies you will ever be in. Even after dropping the Olympic status after the 1992 Olympics, the FD Class continues to be popular for the above reasons; there are young members, but also many older sailors, which speaks to the versatility of this exceptional dinghy. The relatively large sail area can be controlled efficiently through many trim options such as a raking rig and carbon fiber spars; even lighter teams manage to race the FD successfully. There are a number of used boats available for purchase. Look up your fleet contacts in your area and try the FD!


Boats Produced:

Class boat builder(s):

Mader- BOOTSWERFT-Germany:
Pacific Flying Dutchman (USA):

Approximately how many boats are in the USA/North America?

Where is your One-Design class typically sailed in the USA? List regions of the country:

There are 10 regions in the US. See

Does this class have a spinnaker or gennaker? Yes

Ideal combined weight of range of crew:  330-400

Portsmouth Yardstick Rating:  82.60-75.90

Boat Designed in 1952 by Conrad Gülcher and Uus van Essen

Beam: 5’10”

Weight of rigged boat without sails: 290

Draft: 3’6″

Mast Height: approx: 6400mm + 800mm =22.62 feet