Mackinaw BoatMACKINAW BOAT

Length: 18′ 8″

Beam: 6′

Draft: board up 1′ 6″, board down 2′ 1″

Sail area: 242 sq.ft.

Displacement: approx. 3,000 lbs

Designer: Nelson Zimmer

Builder: Doug Hylan

Construction: Carvel planked — cedar on oak ribs

Usual location: Mooring

Comments: This is an historically accurate 18′ version of the well-known, reputed Mackinaw boat, a sailing and rowing shallop type that was popular on Lakes Michigan and Superior in the late 1800’s. Being long-keeled, she won’t tack very quickly, but with the right breeze, she’ll provide a good turn of speed. This roomy, shoal-draft boat will give a good account of herself in a broad range of wind and sea conditions, and with a variety of loads.