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CLC PocketShip October 2008.jpg
Designer John C. Harris
Location Annapolis
Year 2008
Role Pocket cruiser
Crew 1–4
Draft 16 inches (41 cm) (rowing)
36 inches (91 cm) (sailing)
Type Monohull
Construction Plywood
Hull weight 800 pounds (360 kg)
LOA 14 feet 10 inches (4.52 m)
Beam 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m)
Hull Appendages
Keel/Board Type Keel and centerboard
Rig Type Gaff
Mainsail area 109 square feet (10.13 m2)
Jib / Genoa area 39 square feet (3.62 m2)
Spinnaker area 90 square feet (8.36 m2)
Total sail area 148 square feet (13.75 m2)

PocketShip is a stitch-and-glue pocket cruiser sailboat designed by John C. Harris of Chesapeake Light Craft.


Exterior diagram of PocketShip.

The first PocketShip hull was built by Geoff Kerr at Two Daughters Boatworks in Westford, Vermont. Commencing in mid-January 2008, it took Kerr 525 hours to complete the hull and spars. The hull was rigged at Chesapeake Light Craft in Annapolis, Maryland, and launched on May 10, 2008. Sailing trials were completed in various waters from Maine to Maryland with crews of 1–4 adults in winds of up to 20 knots.[1]

As of February 2010, PocketShips have been completed or are under construction in the United States, Canada, France, Australia, and Japan.[1]


John C. Harris in the cuddy of the first PocketShip.

The PocketShip is a "refined model, meant to sail well on all points, provide dry camping accommodations for one or two adults, and tow behind a four-cylinder car."[1] The cockpit was designed for comfortable daysailing and can be used for sleeping if necessary. A portable head stows beneath the cockpit, sliding forward into the cuddy for use.[1]

Auxiliary propulsion can be provided with a pair of oars, a yuloh, or a small outboard motor.


PocketShips are single-masted sloops set with a gaff-rigged mainsail and a roller-furled jib. A spinnaker may be set for flying downwind.


  1. ^ a b c d "PocketShip". Chesapeake Light Craft. February 24, 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Harris, John C. How to Build PocketShip. Matt Cordrey, ed. Annapolis: Chesapeake Light Craft, 2008.
– Manual for PocketShip construction; available from Chesapeake Light Craft.
  • Harris, John C. "Plan Study: PocketShip." Small Craft Advisor 55 (January/February 2008 [2009]): 52–53.
– Overview of PocketShip by the designer; available from Small Craft Advisor.
  • Segal, Dan. "Small and Simple Cruising: The PocketShip from Chesapeake Light Craft." WoodenBoat 207 (March/April 2009): 76–81.
– Review of PocketShip; available from WoodenBoat.

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