Lucky Town 7, any info or opinions?

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by James from NZ, Jun 27, 2018.

  1. James from NZ
    Joined: Jun 2018
    Posts: 3
    Likes: 0, Points: 1
    Location: New Zealand

    James from NZ New Member

    The Lucky Town 7 is a little 14ft micro cruiser, sort of similar to Matt Layden's Paradox insofar as it's small, and that you can sail it sealed up inside.
    I haven't been able to find any more information about it or how it handles.
    The only info is on the Duckworks page where the plans are for sale, and Bill's Blog.
    The designer William Longyard built the prototype, but then there was only silence...
    He says it's even capable of proper Blue Water cruising!
    Any opinions or links to more information?
    Cheers from New Zealand.

    Specifications for Lucky Town 7

    LOA - 14 ft
    LWL - 13.75 ft
    Beam - 6 ft
    Mast Height - 18 ft
    Displacement - 680 lbs
    Sail Area - 120 sqft
    Sleeps - 2
    Engine - 2-6 hp
    Keel - Centerboard - 100-265 lbs
    Draft - 10" (keel up)
    - 33" (keel down)

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2018
  2. James from NZ
    Joined: Jun 2018
    Posts: 3
    Likes: 0, Points: 1
    Location: New Zealand

    James from NZ New Member

    I found William Longyard's email address and asked him how the Lucky Town 7 performs.
    He said he knows of several Lucky Towns that have sailed Atlantic waters, but not across the Atlantic. He said he knew of one that sailed from Florida to the Bahamas.
    And he also said if he was building for rough seas work, he would build as lightly as possible and decrease the centerboard weight and delete the on-board diesel.
    So that's interesting.
    Idle opinions still welcome!
  3. tdem
    Joined: Oct 2013
    Posts: 130
    Likes: 5, Points: 18, Legacy Rep: 41
    Location: NZ

    tdem Senior Member

    Although the "small big boat" factor is nice, to be honest this feels like a bit too much. On a 14 foot boat you really wouldn't want to be confined to such a small part of the boat while sailing. It just doesn't look like a boat that would sail well, and the looks don't do it for me either. Having the centreboard case in the middle of the cabin is also a pain, even on a bigger boat like our Hartley 16.

    In the same size, you will find a lot of Hartley 14s here in NZ. They sail great, but the cabin is too small to sleep in really. There have been some built with quarter berth like extensions to give proper sleeping room.

    Other similar-ish boats that I do like are the Jewelbox Jr. by Michalak, and the Oozegoose by Perrtu Korhonen.
Forum posts represent the experience, opinion, and view of individual users. Boat Design Net does not necessarily endorse nor share the view of each individual post.
When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. Your circumstances or experience may be different.