Pelican (dinghy)

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Current specifications
Crew 2
LOA 2.900 metres (9 ft 6.2 in)
Hull weight 54 kilograms (119 lb) (min)

The Pelican is a pram dinghy, peculiar to Perth, Western Australia

It is similar to the ubiquitous Mirror being a gunter rigged pram designed for a crew of two, except that it is a little smaller and usually rigged only with main and spinnaker. Originally constructed in timber they may now be constructed in timber or fibreglass. A variant of the Pelican class sailed at Lake Maquarie is also rigged with a jib.

The class evolved in the 1950s from the tenders of local sail boats - these were jury rigged with sails for races between crews of sail boats moared at Rottnest. The class peaked with over 270 hulls registered with about 70 currently active (cite WA newspapers report Jan 2008).

It remains a popular beginners' dingy class in Perth.

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