(excerpts from the Kenner Privateer boatbuilding manual)

The PRIVATEER is a four berth cruising ketch or cutter that offers the sailor a unique combination of large cockpit space and enough room below decks so that a man and his family can overnight, weekend and make an occasional longer cruise in comfort.

While we did not build the PRIVATEER as a racing machine, she is very competitive and will hold her own against the other small cruisers in her class. She sails very well in light air, but is, also, stiff enough to stand up to the high winds prevalent along the bays.


There are two major fiberglass castings in the PRIVATEER, the one piece hull and the one piece deck, cabin and cockpit. These pieces are constructed of hand-layed up plastic reinforced fiberglass with the gel-coat colors molded in.

The hull and deck key together and are fastened with bolts. For watertightness, a mastic such as Dow-Corning Sealant is used in the joint between deck and hull. The toe rails cover the joint and are also through-bolted. In the basic kit, the structural bulkheads (plywood) are fiberglass taped to the hull. Also, the rudder and rudder post are fully installed, except for the addition of the tiller head fitting and tiller. The fiberglass hatch covers and plug for the molded-in motor well are included in the kit. The chain plates are stainless and are installed.

Detail Specifications

Length Overall: 31' 9"
Length of Deck: 26' 5"
Length on the Water: 20' 11"
Beam: 8' 0"
Draft: 3' 5"
Displacement: 6500 #
Ballast: Inside 3500#
Headroom: 6' 1 "

Total Sail Area:

Ketch - 393 sq. ft. Click here for sail plan
Cutter - 410 sq. ft. Click here for sail plan

Construction material: Molded reinforced fiberglass
Interior trim: Varnished mahogany
Exterior trim: Natural Teak
Hardware: Bronze
Mast and Boom: Aluminum extrusions
Standing Rigging: Stainless steel with swaged fittings
Running Rigging: Dacron, stainless steel halyards with Dacron tails.
Auxillary: Center-mount outboard well or optional inboard (Volvo MD-1 diesel or Universal Atomic 4).