Review of Great Pelican

Basic specs.

sail specifications
The Great Pelican is a small dinghy designed by the American maritime architect William H. Short in the early sixties.

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The hull is made of wood.
Some boats has a hull made of Fibreglass.


The Great Pelican is equipped with a centerboard keel. A centerboard keel is a pivoting lifting keel, allowing to sail both coastal and inland waters.

The boat can sail close to the beach as the draft is just 0.15 - 0.25 meter (0.49 - 0.79 ft) dependent of the load. See immersion rate below.

Sailing characteristics

This section covers widely used rules of thumb to describe the sailing characteristics. Please note that even though the calculations are correct, the interpretation of the results might not be valid for extreme boats.

Immersion rate

The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for Great Pelican is about 79 kg/cm, alternatively 446 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 79 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 446 lbs cargo on the boat it will sink 1 inch.

Sailing statistics

This section is statistical comparison with similar boats of the same category. The basis of the following statistical computations is our unique database with more than 26,000 different boat types and 350,000 data points.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)

What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?

The l/b ratio for Great Pelican is 2.00.

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Compared with other similar dinghies it is more spacy than 96% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a significantly more spacy hull design.


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