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Character Boats specialise in the building of traditional and classic sailing craft which are widely recognised throughout the world for traditional style and quality of build. The C17sailingbusiness was established on the North West Coast some thirty years ago and nowadays operates from premises in Scarisbrick, Lancashire.

It has established an excellent reputation for building seaworthy shallow draught craft of sound construction and good sailing performance. Derived from well proven hull designs, the range owes its origins to the traditional working sailing boats of the North West and Scottish coastlines. The company employs a small but highly experienced workforce using modern materials combined with fit out in selected hardwoods from sustainable sources.

Character Boats produce traditional boats which retain the charm and good handling of the original craft yet require minimal maintenance and give good performance well suited to the needs of the modern sailor. Character Boats attract great attention wherever they are sailed and are appreciated by owners who seek something distinctive and which gives great pride of ownership.

As well as building complete new craft Character Boats can also offer selected models as fully built and assembled hulls with woodwork and rigging kits for completion by owners with suitable skills and the desire to complete their own boatThe business has built up an excellent reputation for customer service and after sales support. Whether you are new to sailing, trading up from a smaller boat or downsizing from a larger yacht, there are many features within Character Boats to suit your requirements.




The long shallow keel of a Character Boat allows them to sail well in shallow waters and protective keel banding enables them to be launched and sailed onto a beach without damage. With a Character Boat you simply just launch and immediately start sailing or motor as required.

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Craft Features


The craft in the Character Boats range feature a shallow long keel that allows them to sail well in shoal draft waters and eliminates the need for a centreboard and its attendant centre case, leaving a spacious and uncluttered cockpit.

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Sailing Performance


Character Boats are well balanced, properly rigged and finely tuned to give a performance which will satisfy the most experienced of sailors yet can be easily handled by the less experienced. Ballast in the long keel ensures roomy comfortable cockpit with no centreboard casing.

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