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The Hilbre One Design is a racing keelboat built to a strict design specification and raced at West Kirby Sailing Club in north west England. A class rule means all boats have names beginning with "Hi..." The class is named after an island in the mouth of the river Dee and was designed by Alan Buchanan. To date there have been 56 built. The first boat was completed in 1958 but most of the 56 examples built were constructed between 1960 and 1963. Boats are built of wood, with a clinker built hull which is 19 feet 9 inches long. Their draught is 4ft 5in with their centre plate lowered, and 1ft 7in with it raised. This allows the boats to dry out safely on their moorings on the open waters of the Dee.


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