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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) 0.925 m 3' 0⅜"
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 2180 kg 4806 lbs
Ballast 900 kg 1984 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 exactly 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 simplifies 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 othe 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.

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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