The Enterprise is a two-man sloop-rigged hiking sailing dinghy with distinctive blue sails. Despite being one of the older classes of dinghies, it remains popular in the UK and about a dozen other countries, and is used for both cruising and racing. It has a combination of size, weight, and power which appeals to all ages, and to sailing schools. The Enterprise is accredited as an International Class by theInternational Sailing Federation, the ISAF.
The Enterprise is most often sailed with no Spinnaker. However the international class rules allow the decision of whether to allow spinnakers to be made by the national authority. In the U.K. and Canada, no spinnakers were allowed until 2002 when a new PY handicap was introduced in the UK to allow spinnakers to be used in multi class racing in clubs, although spinnakers may still not be used in “Class” racing; in the United States they are allowed.
Early boats, wooden and GRP, used buoyancy bags fixed under the benches and thwarts for internal buoyancy but nowadays foam reinforced plastic boats have built in buoyancy tanks improving stiffness and removing much of the maintenance associated with air-filled bags. Wooden boats still tend to have buoyancy bags to the rear and a forward bulkhead.
The Enterprise is simple and easy to rig and relatively easy to sail in comparison to other dinghy’s but quite hard to sail well.
|LOA||13 ft 3 in (4.04 m)|
|LOH||12 ft 11 in (3.94 m)|
|Beam||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Draft||8 in (0.20 m)|
|3 ft 10 in (1.17 m)|
|Hull Weight||207 lb (94 kg)|
|Main & Jib area||115 sq ft (10.7 m2)|