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Core Fleet - J/24

The J/24 is the world's most popular one-design keelboat. This appealing keelboat started with one man’s desire for a sailboat to accommodate his family and to be a competitive racer. Twenty-seven years later, the J/24 has become a legend. A stable sailboat for family togetherness, the J/24 has also been the competitive launch pad for the careers of numerous America’s Cup professionals and the platform for a number of international regattas. Our two J/24's, LOBSTAH & CRAWFISH (the former donated by the McDonough family, the latter by longtime Courageous friend & Louisiana native Nick Kathmann ), give our cruising fleet a bit of one-design flair.

 

Overall length 24' (7.32 m)  J24 line drawing
Waterline length 20' (6.10 m)
Beam 8'10" (2.71 m)
Draft 4' (1.22 m)
Masthead above DWL 36' 6" (11.23m)
100% Sail Area 261 ft2 (24.25m2)
Spinnaker area 449 ft2
Displacement 3100 lb (1406 kg)
Lead keel 950 lb (431 kg)
Engine 4hp outboard

 

 

c420Dinghy Fleet - Club 420

The International 420 Class Dinghy is a monohull planing dinghy with centerboard, bermuda rig and center sheeting. It is designed for a crew of two. The name describes the overall length of the boat in centimeters (the boat is exactly 4.2 meters long).  The International 420 was designed by Andre Cornu in the 1960s as a general purpose two sail, transom sheeted, non-trapeze dinghy, with modest easily handled sail plan. The hull's seaworthyness and stability at speed proved to be better than most of its contemporaries, and this together with its modest sail area make it fun to sail in heavy weather and thus an excelent youth trainer, qualities that lead to its adoption for that role by the RYA in the mid 1970's.

 

Overall length 13.90 ft (4.24 m)  c420 drawing
Beam 5.50 ft (1.68 m)
Draft 2.95 ft (0.90 m)
Mainsail Area 79.65 ft2 (7.40m2)
Jib Area 30.14 ft2 (2.80m2)
Spinnaker Area 95.00 ft2 (8.83 m2) 
Hull Weight 230 lb (104.33 kg)
Optimal Weight Range 220-300 lb (100-136 kg)

 

 

 

Laser cropDinghy Fleet - Laser

Thanks to the generosity of the Courageous Community, we acquired a fleet of 12 brand-new Lasers in 2010, complete with Full, Radial, and 4.7 Rigs. The International Laser Class sailboat, is a popular single-handed, one-design class of small sailing dinghy. The design, by Bruce Kirby, emphasizes simplicity and performance. Now manufactured by Laser Performance, the Laser is one of the most popular single-handed dinghies in the world. As of 2011, there are more than 250,000 boats worldwide. A commonly cited reason for its popularity is that it is robust, simple to rig and sail. The Laser also provides very competitive racing due to the very tight class association controls which eliminate differences in hull, sails and equipment.

 

Overall length 13.78 ft (4.2 m)  laser line drawing
Beam 4.56 ft (1.39 m)
Draft 2.62 ft (0.80 m)
Full Rig Sail Area 75.99 ft2 (7.06m2)
Optimal Weight Range 160-190 lb (73-86 kg)
Radial Rig Sail Area 62 ft2 (5.76 m2) 
Optimal Weight Range 121-159 lb (55-72 kg)
4.7 Rig Sail Area 50.59 ft2 (4.7 m2)
Optimal Weight Range 100-120 lb (45-54 kg)
Hull Weight 130 lb (58.97 kg)

 

 

 

j22.3 copyCore Fleet - J/22

The J/22 is a 22 foot keel sailboat designed by J boats. It is actively raced in yacht clubs in the United States and Europe.  The J/22 has a comfortable self-bailing cockpit with 7 ft. long seats and room for 4 people in the cabin to escape the rain or cold. J/22 is built for safety with buoyancy tanks and offshore hatches. Her 700 lb. lead keel lowers the center of gravity, creating nearly 1700 foot pounds of righting moment at 90 degrees of heel.

 

Overall length 22'6" (6.98 m) 
Waterline length 19' (5.8 m)
Beam 8' (2.45 m)
Draft 3'10" (1.18 m)
Upwind Sail Area 223 ft2 (22m2)
Spinnaker area 345 ft2 (34 m2) 
Displacement 1790 lb (812 kg)
Lead keel 700 lb (318 kg)

 

 

Rhodes-19-Boston-SkylineCore Fleet - Rhodes 19

The Rhodes 19 is a 19 foot (6 m) long sailboat, designed by Philip Rhodes and originally manufactured by O'Day. Currently, the Rhodes 19 is built by Stuart Marine Corp. To date, approximately 3500 of the boats have been built.  Available with either a fixed keel or with a retractable centerboard, it is used primarily as a day sailer or for one-design racing.  All of the Courageous Rhodes 19s are fixed keel. The Rhodes 19 is still actively raced throughout the United States, with active fleets in many Massachusetts locations.

 

Overall length 19'2" R19 layout
Waterline length 17'2"
Beam 7'
Draft 3'3"
Upwind Sail Area 175 ft2
Spinnaker area 190 ft2
Displacement 1325 lbs.
Cast Iron Keel 428 lbs.

 

 

Chris Roper - Assistant Fleet Manager

Chris is an English teacher of 30 years and comes from a family rich with sailors.  He helps Dan with managing the fleet whilst keeping us up to date with our Yeats.

Dan Keenan - Fleet Manager

Dan comes to us from a tall ships backround and has crossed the ocean many times.  He now keeps our fleet of over 70 boats in working order(no easy feat!) and manages all boat donations and sales.  As we revitalize our cruising programs, Dan is on the lookout for any well-kept 25'-35' boats that could fit in with our cruising fleet.  We're still trying to convince him that smaller boats are fun too.
 
 
 
 
Nate Peterson - Office Manager
 
Nate has been a part of Courageous off-and-on for the last ten years.  He started teaching Cruising and Instructors-In-Training in the Youth Program in 2003, and has worked many seasons for both the Youth and Adult programs.  He grew up sailing J105s in Eastchester Bay, and raced 420s in high school.  Nate grew up in Winchester, MA, and most recently worked for a Telecom/Tech company as the Operations Coordinator for multiple offices in the region. Nate is very excited to be a part of the great team here at Courageous, and is looking forward to promoting Courageous's growth and mission.
Kate Henderson -  Director of Youth Programs
 
Kate is responsible for managing all of our need-blind youth progams. From after-school programs to our Summer Youth Program, Kate manages nearly 65 instructors and other staff to allow nearly 1,200 youth to sail with Courageous each year. Kate learned to sail on the South Shore in Cape Cod Mercuries and went on to sail in high school and college. She has worked at and managed numerous sailing programs in the area.
 
 
 
Cha-ling O'Connell -  Membership and Sales Manager
 
Cha grew up sailing, racing, and instructing at Courageous before heading off to M.I.T., where she majored in Comparative Media Studies and sailed for the Engineers as captain of the Women's Sailing Team. For the past several years, first as an assistant program director and then as our Director of Adult Programs, Cha has been instrumental to the success of the Courageous adult program. While fostering an active and open environment for a growing community, she has also improved the training and management of staff and instructors, and refined the many scheduling and database systems that support our programs. This season, Cha's role as Membership and Sales Manager will mark her last season as one of our core staff, but she looks forward to being a part of the Courageous community for years to come!
 
 
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