Laurent Gilles WANDERER III

Sail Number:

Type: Sloop

Wanderer III Specifications:

LOA: 30’3″ / 9.22m
LWL: 26’5″ / 8.05m
Beam: 8’5″ / 2.56m
Draft: 5’0″ / 1.52m
Design Number: 39
Designer: Laurent Gilles
Original Owner: Eric Hiscock
Current Owner: Thies and Kicki Matzen
Year Launched: 1952
Built By: William King, Burnham-on-Crouch, UK
Hull Material: Wood
Gross Displacement: 7.2 tonns
Sail Area: 600 sq ft / 55.74 sq m



Wanderer III, a 30-foot (9.1 m) Laurent Giles sloop, carried the Hiscocks around the world via the tropics at a time when few people were cruising the world for pleasure on small sailboats. The voyage and book accorded them a degree of popular celebrity, and was the first of their three circumnavigations. It was also the start of a series of books detailing their later voyages on their sailboats Wanderer III, Wanderer IV and Wanderer V. The trips in Wanderer III, together with previous voyages, provided much technical information for his technical how-to volumes on small boat sailing and ocean cruising, Cruising Under Sail and Voyaging Under Sail (later combined and published as Cruising Under Sail).


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