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Fireball

  • Designer

    Peter Milne

  • Design year

    1962

An International Fireball is a two person, three sail monohull sailing dinghy, with a single trapeze built in either wood or fibreglass. Suitable for competitive racing from club to World Championship level, the International Fireball is 4.94m long and has a 1.37m beam. Probably the highest performance dinghy that just about anyone can sail in almost any wind strength, on any style of race course, on virtually any stretch of water. Ideal for mixed crews, inland club waters or the sea, with entry level boats from just a few hundred pounds and with an active owners association protecting your interests, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is the only dinghy you'll ever need. She is good for inland water or the sea. Her performance has proved intriguing for expert helmsmen, yet she is stable enough to be kind to the clumsy novice. Fireball planes at the drop of a hat. Peter Milne of Norris brothers in designing the prototype threw aside the old tradition that a boat sails upright. Fireball is intended to sail best at an angle of about three degrees.This exciting 16 foot scow was intended to be FAST. Described by one enthusiast as a sailing surfboard frightened by an American Scow, Fireball really goes. With one of the highest Nationals turnouts of any 2 man trapeze dinghy in 2002 and 2003, and with over 30 boats attending events like Abersoch Dinghy Week, do you really want to sail anything less? The Fireball offers you the chance to expand your sailing, large established circuits, great social scene, classic boat circuit, freedom to choose sails and fittings from a variety of manufacturers. Come and join the fleet and see what you've been missing. There's never been a better time.......

Build / Config

  • Vessel type

    Dinghy

  • Hull type

    Monohull

  • Rig type

    Bermuda Rig

  • Keel config

    Centreboard

  • Construction

    Kevlar/Glass Epoxy foam sandwich or wood

Ratings / Handicaps

  • Portsmouth

    975

  • Number of crew

    2 (typical)

Dimensions

  • Length (overall)

    4.93m

  • Beam

    1.35m

  • Draught

    1.22m

  • Displacement

    79.4 kg

Sails

  • Sail area (total)

    11 m2

  • Spinnaker area

    13.01 m2

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