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Design No. 1227

Built for:  Various owners
Builder:    Various builders
Date designed: 1998

Class – Hull Number     Joshua Matthew Class No. 1

Principal Design Data

L.O.A:  24’  5”  ( 7.44 m)
Datum: 18’  2”  ( 5.52 m)
Beam Max: 7’ 10″  ( 2.38 m)
Draft: 2′  9”  ( 0.85 m)
Displacement tons: 1.47
T.M.: 4.30 tons
Ballast ratio:  27.5%
Sail Area: 235 sq. ft
Rig: Gaff cutter

An ideal home build project; the design brief for this trail-able pocket yacht stated that the new design should be affordable for young people with or without children who are planning to take their first steps in cruising under sail.

Joshua Matthew has a safe and seaworthy hull with a manageable rig, no greyhound but not slow either. The design is responsive and maneuverable and the long keel provides a good base for drying out,

A transom rudder is practical and maybe unshipped when not in use, as may the bowsprit. There is a choice of inboard or outboard engine, but some purists may be content with a scull! She has a proper sea toilet with the appropriate holding tank and pump out facilities, cooking facilities and bags of stowage space.

We think that the design is perfect for those taking their first steps in cruising under sail, especially if they have one or two small children. The cabin has two full adult berths, there are two pipe berths in the fo’c’sle which are wide and long enough for all but the tallest teenagers.

Our Joshua Matthew design has been conceived to be built by her owner and is what we believe is an affordable, practical and safe, small boat design.

The coach roof is low and comprises a large sliding hatch giving good access below.  The cockpit is 5’3” long.  There are spacious cockpit lockers at the aft end of the seats.


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Additional Information

Individual Drawing Copies

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

Download Drawing List

Study Notes

14 page A4 format colour booklet containing many small scale drawings and photographs as well as technical data and an abridged specifications of the Joshua Matthew class.

Model Plans

Full set of Stock Building Plans


A Joshua Matthew can be constructed from the original 1998 drawings, or if preferred using strip plank construction for which full construction, rigging and outfit drawings will be provided.

Poster & Art Prints