As you may have read on our opening page, the Sea Sprite 23 was designed in 1954 by Carl Alberg. It is a full keel heavy displacement boat that was designed with all the grace and beauty of her wooden predecessors.
There are two basic types of Sea Sprite 23s the Daysailor and the Weekender. The daysailor is very similar to an Ensign. It does not have a self bailing cockpit, the seats are wood, there are doors to the cabin, the mast is stepped on the cabin top, there is a traveler, the rudder post comes through the aft deck and there is only one set of lower shrouds. The weekender, on the other hand, has a self bailing cockpit, the seats are molded in fiberglass, there is a companionway and stairs down into the cabin, the mast is stepped forward of the cabin, there is no traveler, the rudder post comes through the cockpit floor and there are two sets of lower shrouds.
As a non-official study, looking at the boats registered in our database, it appears that there were about 534 Sea Sprite 23s built. There are no hull numbers registered between 10 and 101 or between 339 and 501 and we know from Chad that 786 was the last boat built by C. E. Ryder.
|Working Jib||93 ft2|
|Total Working Area||247 ft2|
|Displacement to Length||348|
|Displacement to Weight||44%|
|Sail Area to Displacement||17.65|