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Current specifications
Class symbol
Crew 3–4
LOA 8.28 m (27.2 ft)
LWL 6.30 m (20.7 ft)
Beam 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in)
Draft 1.3 m (4 ft 3 in)
Hull weight 1,450 kg (3,200 lb)
Mainsail area 14.8 m2 (159 sq ft)
Jib / Genoa area 10.2 m2 (110 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 36.0 m2 (388 sq ft)
Two H-boats in Ystad guest harbor during Ystad Sail Racing Week. 9 July 2015.

The H-Boat is a one-design keelboat designed by Finnish Hans Groop in 1967, with some minor modifications by Paul Elvstrøm in 1971. The boat gained international status in 1977. Since 1967 over 5000 hulls have been made,[1] making it one of the most popular yacht classes in the world. The boat is mostly sailed and raced in Nordic countries and Central Europe, although there are a few boats in the UK and the US. It is still a popular cruising/racing yacht, with 69 boats participating in 2007 H-boat World Championships.[2]

The official race crew consists of three persons. Women and juniors are allowed to have a fourth crew member in competitions. The H-boat has sleeping bunks for up to four persons. As a cruising yacht, the boat is suitable for 2-5 persons.

Used H-boats are fairly inexpensive, so it is popular for people looking for their first yacht. Major manufacturers of H-Boats have been Eagle Marine (Finland), Elvstrøm (Denmark), Scanboat (Åland), Hydrospeed (Finland), Artekno (Finland), Botnia Marin (Finland), O.L. Boats (Denmark), Ott Yacht (Germany) and Frauscher (Austria).


The "H" in the name "H-boat" is derived from the Greek mythology goddess Hestia, not "H"ans Groop.[3]

Groop also designed H-35 and H-323, both based on H-boat but much larger.


  1. ^ Features of the H-Boat
  2. ^ H-Boat Worldchampions
  3. ^ Swedish boating magazine Båtnytt 1/2000: "H som i H-båt"

External links[edit]

ISAF licensed H-Boat builders (06/2008):