15' Phoenix III
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“Oshun” is a Phoenix III designed by Ross Lillistone. She’s a 15′ 1″ sail-and-oar boat with a balanced lug rig. She’s great for solo sailing or with a two person crew. Reviews say the design is light and responsive in the hands of experienced sailors and forgiving of beginners. She’s not aimed at racing but is a good day sailor and is capable of being set up for light cruising (ie. overnight trips).
With the weighted centerboard up she has a draught of just 6″. The matching set of oars is useful to get out of a tight harbour or when the wind dies. With a narrow beam of 4′ 9″ she’s comfortable to row for extended periods. Should you want a small motor she does have a self-draining motor well.
With her light, un-stayed mast the rig is simple and quick to set up. The sail is Dacron and professionally made by a small-boat specialist. For trailering the rig stows within the boat. At less than 200 lb. and in combination with the optional aluminum trailer Oshun would be easy to tow with even many small vehicles.
For more detail about the boat and her construction plus references to third party reviews and videos of the Phoenix III design please see my website www.boatworksottawa.ca