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Growler 1150

 Home-built from plans or kit

Designed by:
Schionning Designs
Schionning Growler 1150

The Growler 1150 is a racer of original and distinctive design. She looks thoroughly unconventional, but in the parameters that affect sailing performance she is in no way an experiment or an extreme boat. The Growler cats were designed to be raced - in safety, in comfort and short handed. Speed is accomplished through being light, so the boat has little volume in the hulls or bridgedeck cabin. Jeff Schionning describes the main living space as "just skin and bone stretched over low headroom accommodation." However, there is a lot of space in the saloon, albeit all with sitting headroom. There is a small galley that can be used from the cockpit, while standing, or from the cabin while sitting. Similarly, the navigation station is accessible from the cabin and from the cockpit through a drop-down window. To starboard and port of the central cabin are large bunks, reached by stepping over the dinette seat backs. Each hull has its entrance through hatches in the deck. The port hull has a head and the starboard a single bunk; both hulls have 1.2 m (~4 ft) headroom.

Besides light displacement, the Growler's speed comes from slim hull, very clean, low air drag forms above the water and an efficient rig. A lot of thought has gone into making simple and effective systems for racing the boat short-handed, at full potential, and from a safe and dry position.

Multihull type:
  • Strip planked in Western Red Cedar (cheaper and easier), or Durakore (lighter)
  • Durakore bulkheads and furniture
  • Sealed with epoxy resin and knitted glass cloth
Construction images:
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Sails and rigging:
  • Wing mast
  • High aspect ratio mainsail
  • Furling headsails
  • Spinnaker
  • All sail controls, including halyards and reefing lines, lead to the cockpit
Deck layout and gear:
  • Constant radius mainsail traveller track
  • Fold-up, slatted cockpit seats - gives more working room while racing
  • Good protection from spray in the cockpit
  • Optional cockpit canopy for cruising
  • Galley and navigation station can be used from the cockpit
  • Stainless steel or composite spokeless wheel
  • Big, low transom steps give easy access
Keels, boards and rudders:
  • Kick-up rudders
  • Daggerboards - operated from the cockpit
Port hull: Head and shower with sitting headroom
Bridgedeck cabin: Dinette in the centre; galley and navigation station aft; berths to port and starboard; sitting headroom throughout
Starboard hull: Single berth
Accommodation images:
Schionning Growler 1150
Systems - Power, Navigation:
  • Two 5 HP outboards on A frames that hinge forward under the bridgedeck to the required depth to avoid cavitation
  • 9.9 HP outboards are an option in a cruising configuration
Performance and handling:
  • Racer with cruising potential
  • Set up for short-handed racing
  • 6.5 kts cruise, 10.5 kts top speed with the motor
  • 13 kts cruise, 20+ kts top speed under sail
LOA (length overall):
11.5 m (37 ft 9 in)
7 m (23 ft)
Hull length-to-beam ratio:
Draft minimum:
0.48 m (1 ft 7 in)
Windward sail area:
81.0 m² (872 ft²)
Mast height above deck:
16 m (52 ft 6 in)
Daggerboard / centreboard:
Displacement, lightship (empty):
2000 kg (1.97 tons)
Displacement at design waterline (DWL):
2800 kg (2.76 tons)
800 kg (0.79 tons)
Bridgedeck clearance:
0.65 m (2 ft 2 in)
Number of berths:
Cabin headroom:
1.2 m (3 ft 11 in)
Saloon headroom - cats:
1.4 m (4 ft 7 in)
Outboard engines:
Typical total engine HP:
Fuel type:
Fuel capacity:
20 lt (5 US gallons)
Water capacity:
200 lt (53 US gallons)
In production:
Plans available
Degree of customisation:
Several options
Cost to home-build:
$100000 AUS (approx: £44338 Sterling / 59902 / $87955 US)*
Time to home-build from plans:
6000 hours
Designer's/manufacturer's website:
Used boats for sale:
24 boats of this brand currently available!

* Exchange rates last updated: Sunday 27th January 2008 19:27 GMT

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