Monday, December 27, 2010

Lotus Class - Design 1603

This pretty little boat was designed as a "stock" plan set that was designed to the MORC (Midget Ocean Racing Class) rule. They were built by a variety of boat builders. A couple of interior layouts were developed, shown here.

They were built of wood. The year was 1961.

Here's the sail plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 28'-6"
LWL 22'-6"
Beam 8'-0"
Draft 5'-0"
Displacement 7,985 lbs


  1. We owned one named "Myth" in the 1980"s. Built by Foss in 1965 in the Pacific Northwest. She was well built and very pretty with teak house and decks, varnished spruce spares, planked in red cedar, iron bark stem, oak ribs, cedar timbers, lead ballast and bronze fastened. All then in very good condition. She was a very good sailor with no bad habits. I little narrow with a high ballast ratio by modern standards. We were young and drove her hard at times and she was very forgiving for that kind of sailing. Of course, we sold her for a larger boat but we always missed her good sailing qualities.

  2. We currently sail Coquina out of Rockland, Maine. She was built by American Marine in Hong Kong in 1962. Mahogany planked on Yacal frames. She sea kindly and steers herself. I'd love to do a complete restoration but can't justify it because she sails well now. I only haul her for maintenance and she winters in the water in Belfast.

  3. You'll be happy to know Myth is alive and well in Gig Harbor, Washington in (2015) and in the process of a full restoration. Hull has been completely re fastened with some new planks and frames, cabin top replaced, decks being refastened and re caulked, interior was stripped out and will be replaced along with new engine. Lots of work and expense on this little gal but she's a gem rescued from near total loss. Rick Boudreau

    1. I'm the anonymous owner above. We are so glad to know Myth is in good hands. We sailed her year round out of Bellingham and had many adventures with her. We found rot in the transom and aft deck. This was repaired by Mike Jacobson or "Jake" who is a some time skipper of the Lady Washington the last I heard. He helped build Lady Washington a few years later. A great shipmate, shipwright and sailor. We sold her to a fellow named Pickering who I think took good care of her. That's the last I hear of her till now. -Mike Bailey

  4. Myth now completely refastened hull, some new planks, frames, rebuilt cabin top and decks replaced. We wanted to refasten the old teak decks but the builder curiously edge nailed the odd tongue and groove of each plank making them impossible to remove without damage to replace the underlay. So we had to tear em out sadly and decided to glass the decks in this wet environment. No more leaks now and and no nwet rot behind the ceilings anymore. The mast has been refinished with 7 coats of varnish but is not back on while we keep her under cover to work on the interior. Hull is now sound as the day she was launched. Engine and interior will be completed this year and perhaps we’ll take her to the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend in September. Would love to show some pics here but no way to do that in this blog. Cheers