Labeled by some as the ideal post-collegiate sailors boat, this simple design is comfortable, easy to sail for beginners and a small family outing, yet also boasts one of the more competitive one-design classes in the US. The Vanguard offers plenty for the thrill seeker; the boat will plane upwind, and is a blast to sail off the breeze in bigger winds as it is relatively stable.
Another bonus of this boat is it’s simplicity. There is so spinnaker; only a jib and mainsail, and minimal controls make this boat easy and inexpensive to maintain. For these reasons the Vanguard 15 is very often the top choice for high-level team racing events. It is a great team racing boat!!
One design feature that is both a blessing and a curse; the foil is a daggerboard, which on the one hand makes the cockpit very open and spacious. On the downside, a daggerboard is a liability should you run aground, as damage to the board, and more critically, the hull, is likely.
sail area 127 ft²
spinnaker area n/a
hull weight 190
# of boats built 5,000
active US fleets MD, FL, CA, MA, CT, RI, VA, NY
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