Originally designed by Peter Milne in 1962, the Fireball is a one-design high-performance sailing dinghy.
The Fireball is sailed by a crew of two, and sports a single trapeze, symmetric spinnaker, centerboard and chined hull.
The boat planes in as little as eight knots of wind and is easily controlled past 35 knots.
Since the trapeze and sails require skillful adjustment rather than plain strength and can be tuned for different sailor weights, the boat lends itself to sailing and racing that is very inclusive with respect to age and gender.
It's an exciting boat to sail.
LOA 16 ft 2 in
Beam 4 ft 8 in
Hull Weight 175 lb (minimum)
Mast Height 22 ft 4 in
Mainsail Area 88 sq ft
Jib Area 35 sq ft
Spinnaker Area 140 sq ft
US 8085 is in very good condition
Purchased new in 1973 from Sailnetics
Raced in San Francisco Bay Area for 3 years
Hasn't been in the water since 1976
Always carefully garaged
Lime green balsa core fiberglass hull trimmed in teak with Elvstrom Super Max bailers
Dark blue fiberglass deck with spinnaker launcher
Gold anodized Proctor mast and boom
Hornung sails - main, jib & spinnaker (new in 1973) - a bit soiled, but no rips
Little Dude trailer in good condition
Spare (unused) Proctor Beta Minus mast with fixed fittings, shrouds and trapeze wires
2 Trapeze harnesses
Boat cover (serves its purpose, but is made for a larger boat)