The Phantom dinghy designed by Paul Wright and Brian Taylor in 1971 is a one-design high performance single-hander with a deep ‘V’ bow. Their objective was to produce an exciting and manageable single-hander that was also affordable to build. Additionally as there were already boats suitable for lighter weight helms (the Laser & Solo) they focused on designing a boat that was both comfortable and fast for larger sailors. As a general guide a Phantom sailor will usually be in the weight range of 12 -18 stone (76 -115 Kg).

The Phantom dinghy has a hard chine hull with a deep ‘V’ bow, a flat run aft, and planes easily. With her lightweight hull and large rig on a stayed mast she has a high power to weight ratio, but remains stable and responsive. There is no trapeze or spinnaker. The Phantom dinghy can be ‘home-built’ from plans available from the designers using the stitch and glue method. Alternatively it can be obtained professionally built in GRP foam sandwich, or wood. Phantoms can be obtained from £500 second hand to £6000 including carbon mast, although £3500 will get you a very competitive boat.


Phantom Vital Statistics

Length (Metre)


Beam (Metre)


Sail Area (Sq. M)


Hull Weight (Kg)


Crew Weight (Kg)

76 – 115


The Phantom class association and the designers view the development of the class in a proactive manner always providing that care is taken not to outclass older boats. Latterly the design has been modified to incorporate self-draining cockpits and carbon spars. Additionally the design allows freedom in cockpit design and sailors are therefore able to develop cockpit, sail and rig control systems that suit their individual requirements.

The Phantom Fleet at Shustoke SC has 10 members with a broad range of experience right up to very experienced and competitive helms who regularly compete at both club level and Open Meetings.

There is always plenty of friendly and helpful advice on all matters relating to sailing, rigging, tuning, racing and buying Phantoms.


For more information visit the Phantom Website