Seahopper Lighter Sail
Choose the Lighter and move up a size in terms of carrying capacity and sailing performance, whilst retaining portability. Don’t forget you’ll get much more space in one of our folding boats when compared with an inflatable of the same length because there are no tubes taking masses of volume! That said our novel dual purpose fenders provide good stability when the boat is heeled over and protects the varnish on your boat when coming alongside.
The boat has two mast steps so that if you select or upgrade to the sailing version of this versatile portable folding boat, you’ll be able to sail with just the main or main and jib, each option giving you a good sailing performance.
Here are some facts relating to the main materials we use in construction of our folding boats.
All our boats use good quality materials we source from around the world. We use ELITE marine grade plywood with a 15 year guarantee produced in a Lloyds approved mill ensuring consistent quality. With a pale mahogany colour, it is manufactured from selected Gaboon (Okoume) veneers throughout, it has an attractive close grained face which is ideal for varnishing and finishes well. Due to its excellent strength to weight ratio, it is also very popular for dinghy construction and ideal for our versatile folding boats. The product has the following approvals BS1088, Lloyds Register Type Approval, PS1-95, KOMO Class ‘A’ or ‘C’.
The plywood has FSC certification which means the products that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.
Jointing Fabrics and Adhesives
The fabrics we use for the ingenious jointing system and the bow and stern panels is based on 700gsm super heavy duty satin lacquered and fire retardant PVC material. BS 5438 1989 Tests 2a and 2b. The main adhesive is a two pack variety which provides excellent adhesion and sealing properties in the jointing strips and the four corners of the boat’s construction.
We use a traditional quality UV resistant yacht and seaplane varnish. Two diluted veneer washes are used to seal the surface and end grains of the plywood panels before two top coats of 100% varnish are applied. This provides a durable and workmanlike finish, which can easily be touched up if scuffs occur, and easily rubbed down for adding a new coat of varnish at the end of the season.
Seahopper Lighter Specification
|Length (folded)||2.54 m||8'4"|
|Width (folded)||0.51 m||20"|
|Sail Area||3.72 sq.m|
|Weight||31 kg||68 lbs|
|Weight Sail and Spars||5 kg||11 lbs|
|Carrying Capacity||325 kg||716 lbs|
|Capacity||Row and Motor: 4 adults||Sail: 2 adults|