LOA (inc. bowsprit) 8.045 m 26' 4¾"
LoD 7.000 m 22' 11¾"
LWL 6.400 m 21'0"
Beam 2.500 m 8' 2½"
Draft (board up) 0.900 m 2' 11½"
Draft (board down) 1.500 m 4' 11"
Headroom (galley) 1.835 m 6' 0¼"
Headroom (toilet) 1.780 m 5' 10"
Headroom (saloon) 1.765 m 5' 9½"
Headroom (fo’c’sle) 1.580 m 5' 2¼"
Displacement on dwl 2000 kg 4409 lbs
Ballast 700 kg 1543 lbs
I 8.240 m 27' 0⅜"
J 3.520 m 11' 6½"
P 4.870 m 15' 11¾"
E 3.740 m 12' 3¼"
100% Foretriangle 14.500 m² 156.0 ft²
Mainsail 15.750 m² 169.5 ft²
Roller Jib 16.300 m² 175.5 ft²
Staysail 6.000 m² 64.5 ft²
Outboard Engine 5 to 11 kw 7 to 15 hp
EU Category B - Offshore
The Starfire 23 is a strongly built, robust, modern-style gaff cutter, designed for very straightforward construction in ply and epoxy. She is especially suitable for CNC cut parts, but all the data (including the shapes of developed surfaces such as the hull planks) is provided for builders to mark out and cut their own parts. No laying off (lofting) or spiling (taking shapes from the hull) is required.

The hull is designed for lapstrake constructionYou can click here for a more detailed discussion of the construction of the boat. – a fairly narrow flat bottom strake with five hull strakes and a full-length coachroof strake.

The seven frames are made from three layers of 10mm ply and the outer edges are shaped exactlyClick here for a more detailed discussion of how the frames are made and assembled. so that the strakes will fit directly to them without further shaping or bevelling of the frame edges.

The full-width coachroof gives us the possibility of a spacious accommodation extending out to the full beam of the hull. It also simplifiesYou can click here for a more detailed discussion of this feature of the design, and how it also incorporates the cockpit and foredeck structures. the construction considerably, obviating the need for the sidedecks, carlings and coamings.

The accommodation that we are showing here is a classic four-berth layout: twin V-berths in the fo’c’sle and a quarterberth each side aft under the cockpit seats. But several otherClick here to take a look at some other interior plan options. interior layouts could be considered.

As noted above, the standard accommodation has two full-size V-berths forward; there can be a door to the fo’c’sle if more privacy is required. There are good drawers and lockers under the berths, with longer-term stowage under the forward part. Though we haven't drawn them, there could be nets or shelves above the berths along the hull for day-to-day clothes stowage. The standard accommodation is shown below – clicking the image will load a larger version together with a profile view of the interior.

178 Starfire 23

The saloon, immediately aft of the fo’c’sle has a settee either side and a drop-leaf table, set over to port to allow a clear passage forward. There are drop-down locker fronts under the settees, with further stowage behind the seat backrests.

To port, there is a good-sized galley with a sink on the peninsula unit and a twin-burner & grill cooker along the hull side. There are excellent lockers under the peninsula and the hull-side unit, with a further locker outboard of the peninsula. The aftermost galley unit is set outboard a little to give better access to the quarterberth.

To starboard, the toilet compartment is set further forward than the galley to allow a good entry to the starboard quarterberth. The toilet compartment has space for a traditional marine toilet, a “Portapotti” style toilet or a composting toilet. There is a good locker outboard of the toilet. The washbasin is set in a worktop with lockers beneath.

Full-size quarterberths to port and starboard complete the interior accommodation. The starboard berth is probably the better berth, being rather more open at the head. Both berths have access to lockers under the cockpit sole, astern of the companionway ladder.

The detailed and accurate plans together with true step-by-step building instructions carry builders, professional and non-professional alike, through the building process simply and easily. And for larger boats particularly, they allow a managed build to be carried out very successfully. Plans are fully dimensioned; no scaling or lofting is required. The plans and instructions are practical, clear and detailed, containing everything required to build and complete the vessel. Where CNC cutting files are included, or available, they can be sent directly to a CNC facility as required. Professional technical support throughout the build, is available by email, via the forum or by regular mail. More plan info

The Standard Plan Package below includes all the plans and instructions to build and complete the boat, with all the data necessary to mark out and cut the CNC plywood parts by hand. If you purchase some or all of the CNC Packs, you will still need these plans and instructions. You will find the CNC Packs here

Click here to look at the free study plans and a list of the plans and instructions that are currently available. The first of these boats is in build at the moment (August 2018).

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