With a fixed keel, the Deckster has a maximum height of less than 500mm (20"). Use this measurement to determine if there is enough room between your deck and boom. If you choose to not have the keel you can deduct 100mm (4”) from this measurement.
This photo illustrates a typical deck with the outline of the Deckster marked upon it in blue tape.
As it is impossible within the scope of our plans to give
measurements for all types of deck layout, a Pacific Seacraft Dana 24
sailing yacht has been used as a typical example.
The only real disadvantage to stowing a dinghy behind the mast is that a boom vang may have to be removed. However there are many other good systems that can be used to pull down the boom and reduce twist in the main sail. The bottom line is that small sailing boats don't have much choice when it comes to putting a dinghy on deck, so losing a vang is a small price to pay for the freedom and fun that a good dinghy brings.
Until now, stowing a hard dinghy on the deck of most small yachts has never really been an option. The Deckster however has an optional removable bow section that allows it to be stowed around the mast on the cabin top, thereby permitting even the smallest yacht to carry a very competent, tough and stable, hard dinghy in a safe and seaworthy manner.
The Deckster's shape mimics the shape of most decks (when viewed from above). The dinghy's wide stern offers great interior volume, stability and stiffness under sail.
This innovative design also allows for companionway hatches and deck camber to a maximum depth of 180mm across the full width of the dinghy.
Use the image below to determine if the Deckster is suitable for your deck. Use masking tape to transfer the dimensions to your cabin top.