About Ultimate 20 Class
The Ultimate 20 was the result of a team of sailors with impressive credentials. Jeff Canepa headed a team that included Jim Antrim of Antrim Associates-Naval Architects, sail maker and Olympic medalist Jay Glaser, and 505 builder and foil specialist Larry Tuttle.
Their idea was simple. Create a monohull with multihull performance. They wanted a dry and stable platform with safe interior space for kids or crew. They also wanted a lightweight trailerable to have responsive dinghy-like handling, all with the cockpit comfort of a 30 footer.
After years of prototype testing, the U20 team achieved the perfect blend of size and simplicity, creating the ideal boat for racing ONE DESIGN, PHRF or any weekend sail about. The U20’s design offers exceptional craftsmanship that is reliable, safe, economical, and fun to sail.
Boats Produced: 160 – North America
Class boat builder(s):
No present active builders in North America
Approximately how many boats are in the USA/North America? 160
Where is your One-Design class typically sailed in the USA? List regions of the country:
Active OD racing on the West Coast (Bay Area), Intermountain West, Kansas, Great Lakes, and East Coast.
Does this class have a spinnaker or gennaker? Yes
Ideal combined weight of range of crew: Competitive with a range of crew weights. A weight limit is in place for class events.
Boat Designed in 1995
Beam: 8′ 6″
Weight of rigged boat without sails: 1260
Draft: 5′ Down, 9 Inches Up
Mast Height: 30′