Our Boats

By joining Shebogyan Sea Scouts students will have a great opportunity to learn and enhance their sailing skills on a variety of boats. Our current equipment includes:

Flying Juniors

The International Flying Junior or FJ is a sailing dinghy which was originally designed in 1955 in Holland by renowned boat designer Van Essen and Olympic sailor Conrad Gülcher.

The FJ was built to serve as a training boat for the then Olympic-class Flying Dutchman. It is an ideal class to teach young sailors the skills of boat handling and racing.

In 1960 the Flying Junior formed its own class organization and by the early 1970s the Flying Junior was accorded the status of an International Class by the International Yacht Racing Union, the pre-cursor to the International Sailing Federation. This status indicates that the class applies to strict one-design rules and holds regularly scheduled international regattas.

Nowadays the FJ is sailed in Japan, Canada, Germany, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands and the United States. In the US many high school sailing and Intercollegiate Sailing Association programs own fleets of FJs.

Olympic Class 470

The 470 is a double-handed monohull planing dinghy with a centreboard, Bermuda rig, and center sheeting. The name is the overall length of the boat in centimeters (i.e., the boat is 4.70 meters long).

The 470 is an Olympic class dinghy recognised by ISAF, sailed by both male and female teams. It was designed in 1963 by the frenchman André Cornu, as a modern fiberglass planing dinghy. In 1969 the class was given international status and it has been an olympic class since featuring at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. In 1988 the first olympic womens sailing event was sailed in the 470.

The boat is equipped with spinnaker and trapeze, which demands real teamwork. To be competitive, everything should be mastered to perfection and the 470 is often quoted as the hardest Olympic design to get to grips with. Tactically the boat is demanding as speed differences between competitors are small and fleets are usually big.

Watkins 29

The W29 was first introduced in 1984. In 1988 the rear transom was slightly changed from nearly vertical to a reverse style and the model designator changed to W30. The last known Watkins boat to be built by the factory was a W30 whose hull was molded in April of 1989 as a 1990 model. Total production of the W29 & W30 was 88 boats. At least 60 of the total were W29's leaving less than 28 which could be W30's.

The boat is sloop rigged with a 4' draft and a skeg mounted rudder. Her interior offers accommodations for five including a quarter berth with the option of a pull out double berth to port. Standard items includes diesel engine, pressure water, shower, eight opening ports, bulkhead mounted dining table and shore power. The galley is to starboard with a sink, stove, icebox and storage. There is a hanging locker opposite of the head forward. Headroom is 6'3" and her mast height above DWL is 40'1".


The International Laser Class sailboat, also called Laser Standard and the Laser One is a popular one-design class of small sailing dinghy. According the Laser Class Rules the boat may be sailed by either one or two people, though it is rarely sailed by two. The design, by Bruce Kirby, emphasizes simplicity and performance.

The Laser became a men's Olympic-class boat at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and a special Olympic edition of the boat was released that year in commemoration. A version with a smaller sail, the Laser Radial, was first sailed as a women's Olympic-class boat at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Laser sailing and racing presents a unique set of physical and skill based challenges. Fast Laser sailing requires an advanced level of fitness in order to endure the straight legged hiking and body-torque techniques required to get upwind and reach quickly. Downwind sailing is unique in that Lasers can sail by the lee and reach. Fast Laser sailors switch back and forth between these two points of sail to surf and sail around waves.

Merit 25

In 1980, when the popularity of the J-24 was beginning to crest, rumors began circulating around the Bay Area of a better boat built in southern California by a small independent builder. This boat was faster, cost less, rated lower, was nicer looking and was much better built. It was called the Merit 25, and the prototype had just won the MORC internationals, one of the most competitve events for custom racing boats of that size range.

Boasting a PHRF rating of 168, these sleek fiberglass racers offer a roomy cabin with full sitting headroom, a 7.5' V-berth, two additional cabin berths 7' long, and a Lexan foredeck hatch. The large, self bailing cockpit offers two lockers and backrests on the cockpit seats. Harken hardware is included, and all halyards are led aft to the cockpit. Jib tracks with track cars, cunningham, split backstay, and 4:1 internal outhaul are all standard. In addition, each is equipped with two-speed primary winches and additional single-speed winches located on the cabin top.


Tsunami 145 - The most paddler friendly, comfortable, versatile and high performance light touring kayak ever designed. The Tsunami series melds the stability and quickness of a recreational touring kayak with the speed, storage and efficiency of a sea kayak. More...

Chesapeake Light Craft - They are easy to build but handsome and fast. High-volume bows lift you over rough seas - or powerboat wakes - while the skeg-like stern prevents weather-cocking in blustery winds. CLC's signature cambered decks shed spray, increase the storage space inside the hull, add strength without weight, and look great. Chesapeake kayak builders explore quiet local rivers and paddle the length of the Sea of Cortez. Chesapeakes are built in garages, apartments, living rooms, television studios, and in at least 50 countries from Iceland to Australia. More...