Windsong - 30ft Deep V Cruiser

Cockleshell Hero in a gale off Denmark

WINDSONG is based on Cockleshell Hero, the first Woods design that we built in 1979.
We lived on it for 5 years and sailed it to Norway and the Baltic. After cruising W Africa it is now in the Azores.

Windsong leaving plymouth bound for the Caribbean

With its open deck layout and deep V hulls it is a simple boat to build. The "wings" on the inner hull sides double as cockpit seats and add large lockers on the inside which also give a great illusion of space. It is about the smallest sensible boat for ocean cruising - several have made Atlantic crossings. Both fractional and masthead rigs are available. There is a centreboard in one hull (under the saloon seat) to help prevent leeway and speed tacking.

interior of std hull

Here is a short Youtube video, taken from the Multihull Sailors Have More Fun! video, see the Video page for more details

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Richard Woods
Foss Quay, Millbrook, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1EN, UK

WINDSONG Deep V Offshore Cruiser


sheet ply or grp flat panel deep V shaped hulls
ply decks

Length O.A. 9.15m
Length W.L. 8.1m
Beam O.A. 5.4m
Displ. (empty) 1.8T
Displ. (loaded to WL) 2.3T
Headroom 1.8m
Draft 0.5 - 1.5m
Sail Area - 35 sq m

Windsong lines drawing

"True wind aft of beam about 20 knots. 13.5 - 15.2 knots maintained for 6 miles. Potential speed rather higher I think. Sea state very lumpy at the time, motion nice and easy. Fairly dry in the cockpit" S Nelson

"Light and responsive, manoeuvred easily" Practical Boat Owner 1982