Siri: A small yacht for many journeys

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SiriSIRI is an updated version of the 1890's canoe yawl IRIS. That the design has been capturing imaginations for more than a century is a testament to her many charms. She is a versatile, safe, easy and beautiful boat.

VERSATILITY: SIRI is big enough to camp cruise two and small enough to solo. She can day-sail a family or two couples comfortably. She is an 18' cold-molded center-boarder with a relatively flat bottom, making her ideal for trailoring to cruising grounds far from her home port.

SAFETY: The designs 2:1 displacement to outside ballast ratio will keep SIRI on her feet in a blow, and Doug has designed her with fore and aft airtight compartments to make her unsinkable in a capsize. The simple, low aspect standing lug rig makes her easy to handle, and quick to reef.

EASE: SIRI's cold-molded hull with Awlgrip finish, inside and out, minimizes hull maintenance. An optional teak package can be added to eliminate varnishing trim.

BEAUTY: While beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder, SIRI seems to break more than her fair share of hearts.

SIRI Specifications for “Basic Boat”
Construction Cold-molded wood/epoxy composite
L.O.A 18'
Beam 5' 6”
Displacement 1800 lbs.
Draft board up 15”
Draft board down 36”
Sail Area 200 sq.ft.
Ballast 900 lbs. lead
Planking (4) 1/8” diagonal cedar veneers
Stems & Keel Laminated mahogany
Sole planks Teak
Seats Cherry
Coamings Cherry
Deck 1/4 marine ply covered with Dynel
Spars Spruce
Rudder Dynel covered Sapele ply w/ cherry trim
Centerboard Dynel covered Sapele ply
Topside finish Awlgrip in your choice of color
Bottom finish Petit Ultima Eco
Hull interior finish Awlgrip in your choice of color
Trim finish Epiphanes varnish
Rig Standing Lug
Sails TBD By Nat Wilson
Running Rigging TBD

SIRI An 18' Canoe Yawl
By Mike O'brian
September/October 2009
(email with your address for a xerox of the article)

Doug Hylan
D.N. Hylan & Associates
(Visit, describing SIRI and where you can buy plans)

The Iris
By Roger Taylor
Good Boats
International Marine Publishing Company

Sailing Canoes: A brief history
The American Canoe Association
Download the PDF file

Canoe Yawls
By W.P. Stephens
Canoe and Boat building for Amateurs
Download the PDF file

Please call and discuss any options with me. Below is a list of likely choices.

Base Price
Teak trim: Would make your SIRI very low maintenance indeed!
Electric Package: basic electric (Battery and harness), running lights, at anchor light, cabin/cockpit lights
Instruments: Compass, Depth finder, VHF, GPS
Canvas: sail cover, tent