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Diller Schwill DS-16 sailboat Lazy Daze 3874.jpg
Designer G. Diller & H. Schwill
Location Canada
Year 1970
Builder(s) Diller-Schwill
Boat weight 500 lb (227 kg)
Type Monohull
Construction Fiberglass
LOA 16.00 ft (4.88 m)
LWL 14.33 ft (4.37 m)
Beam 6.00 ft (1.83 m)
Hull draft 4.00 ft (1.22 m) centreboard down
Engine type Outboard motor
Hull appendages
Keel/board type shallow draft fixed keel or centreboard
Ballast 135 lb (61 kg)
Rudder(s) transom-mounted rudder
General Fractional rigged sloop
Total sail area 155 sq ft (14.4 m2)

The DS-16 is a Canadian trailerable sailboat, that was designed by G. Diller & H. Schwill and first built in 1970.[1][2]

The boat was built by Diller-Schwill (DS Yachts) in Odessa, Ontario Canada, but it is now out of production.[1]


DS-16 with the shallow draft fixed keel, on its road trailer.

The DS-16 is a small recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass, with wood trim. It has a fractional sloop rig, a transom-hung rudder and a fixed shallow draft keel or optionally a centreboard. It displaces 500 lb (227 kg) and carries 135 lb (61 kg) of ballast.[1]

The centreboard version has a draft of 4.00 ft (1.22 m) with the centreboard extended and 0.58 ft (0.18 m) with it retracted, allowing beaching or ground transportation on a trailer.[1]

The boat is normally fitted with a small outboard motor for docking and maneuvering.[1]

Operational history[edit]

In a review Michael McGoldrick wrote, "The DS 16 is probably the smallest sailboat with lockable cuddy cabin that you'll find... The cabin has a little over 3 feet (1 metre) of sitting headroom and is supposed to have enough space for a double berth, although it's likely to be extremely cramped for two adults... With a total length of 16 feet (4.88 m) and weight of only 650 pounds (295 kg), it should be possible to trailer the DS 16 with almost any car."[3]

See also[edit]

Related development

Similar sailboats


  1. ^ a b c d e Browning, Randy (2017). "DS-16 sailboat specifications and details". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  2. ^ Browning, Randy (2017). "DS Yachts (Schwill Yachts) (CAN)". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  3. ^ McGoldrick, Michael (2018). "DS 16". Sail Quest. Retrieved 24 July 2018.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to DS-16 at Wikimedia Commons