sailboat was in production for over 20 years and in its day
surely was one of the more popular sailboats being built.
Thousands of these 16 foot boats populate inland lakes along with its 16 foot sister,
the Luger Windward which was designed without the cuddy.
Leeward's semi-planing hull is stable and
at 140 sq.ft. the low-aspect sail plan should provide ample power.
According to the manufacturer, the cockpit seats up to six adults. I would suggest that four people
would seem more reasonable on any 16 footer. At the same time, this boat can easily be single-handed as all lines
are in easy reach of the helmsman. Originally, the boat was set up with roller furling of the
mainsail around the boom thereby permitting reefing of the main for quick reduction of sail area.
The centerboard retracts completely within a fully enclosed
centerboard trunk - for beaching and trailering. For more information about this and other
Luger sailboats, check out this
informative web site. The Luger is a practical, very traditional looking boat betraying "woody" origins of
its design. Used boats should readily be available in most parts of North America.