Greater Manchester Challenge

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Design No. 0944

Built for:  Greater Manchester Maritime Trust
Builder: Seaforth Welding and the youth of Greater Manchester, England
Date designed: 1983

Principal Design Data

L.O.A: 76’ 0” (23.16 m)
Datum: 52’ 6”  (16.00 m)
Beam Max: 17’ 6″  (  5.33 m)
Draft: 8′ 7”  (  2.62 m)
Displacement tons: 46.0
T.M.: 95.3 tons
Ballast ratio: 28.6%
Sail Area: 2795 sq. ft
Rig: Gaff ketch

Greater Manchester Challenge is a gaff rigged ketch and was designed as a sail training vessel to take young people to sea. For many this would be their first experience of being afloat.

She was to be constructed by largely unskilled hands donated by the Manpower Services Commission and the young people of Greater Manchester. Built on money raised by public donations the steel hull was transported by road from Liverpool and the project completed in the old Crossley engine sheds before launching at Salford Quays (now Media City) on the Manchester Ship Canal.

In 1983 the project was the first to emerge from the newly reformed Laurent Giles design practice which had restructured as a result of the retirement of the remaining partners who had worked under Jack Giles.

Greater Manchester Challenge has accommodation for sixteen cadets and three officers. She was designed to class as a Board of Trade Class XI Sail Training Yacht, she served for many years as the North West boat for the Ocean Youth Club (see also design numbers 0950 and 1056) before being sold to the Morning Star Trust and re named Morning Star.


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Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Greater Manchester Challenge, Individual plan copies cost $85.00 which includes standard airmail. Please contact us using the link for information on how to order.

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Study Notes

12 page A4 format colour booklet containing many small scale drawings and photographs as well as technical data and an abridged specifications of Greater Manchester Challenge.

Model Plans

Full set of Stock Building Plans

106.6 Hull Construction low res

A replica of Greater Manchester Challenge can be constructed from the original 1983 drawings. The hull shape is of chine form and full steel construction plans, lofting drawings, rigging and outfit drawings will be provided.

Poster & Art Prints