C Scow



LENGTH 20 ft (6.096 m)
BEAM 6 ft 9 in (2.057 m)
WEIGHT 650 lbs (294.835 kg)
CREW 2-3

Sail Area

MAIN 216 sq ft (20.067 m2)
C Scow Class Rules

The one-design C Scow class created by Johnson Boatworks of White Bear Lake, Minnesota began sailing in 1905. Original, the boat and masts were made of wood and the gaffe-rigged mainsails were made of cotton. Through the years, hull shapes and materials have changed, but the critical formula remains the same: One hull, one large sail, two bilge-boards, and one helluva ride!

Unlike typical mono-hulled sailboats, the flat bottomed C Scow was designed to be sailed at a 20 to 25 degree angle of heel. First, it helps the boat cut through waves when the wind rises. Secondly, it reduces the friction induced by projecting a very small wetted surface area. Third, it increases the waterline length of the boat. This yields the desired result of speed! When the bilge-board is placed in the down position, it extends from the hull at a 25 degree angle, thus making the bilge-board most effective when the boat heels at 25 degrees. The boards are also “toed-in” a few degrees to provide some extra hydrodynamic lift, which increases the pointing ability upwind. In most cases, the boat is sailed with the leeward board down, and the weather board up, with the crew switching board positions during tacks and jibes. Definitely not your average craft! Until 1981, a total crew weight of 475 lbs during racing was strictly enforced. Today, there are no such restrictions, but the magic number for total crew weight remains around 500 lbs in the heaviest of winds, and less weight in lighter conditions. Due to its size, the C Scow is not a car-top boat. Yet, most any vehicle with a large 4 cylinder engine, or better, can easily tow the boat across the country. Many owners transport their boats from Wisconsin to New York, from Minnesota to Texas, from California to Iowa, and from Missouri to Florida, to attend C Scow events.