|Boat weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|Draft||3.42 ft (1.04 m) with the daggerboard down|
|LOA||15.25 ft (4.65 m)|
|LWL||15.00 ft (4.57 m)|
|Beam||5.50 ft (1.68 m)|
|Rig type||Bermuda rig|
|Sailplan||Fractional rigged sloop|
|Mainsail area||77 sq ft (7.2 m2)|
|Jib/genoa area||48 sq ft (4.5 m2)|
|Total sail area||125 sq ft (11.6 m2)|
The Vanguard 15 is a recreational sailboat, built predominantly of fiberglass. It has a fractional sloop rig with aluminum spars, a raked stem, a vertical transom, a transom-hung rudder controlled by a tiller and a retractable daggerboard. It displaces 200 lb (91 kg) and is capable of planing upwind.
For sailing the design is equipped with a boom vang and the mainsail and jib have windows for improved visibility. The halyards are external and the mast is of a non-tapered design. The boat is normally raced with a crew of two sailors.
In a 1994 review Richard Sherwood wrote, "the Vanguard 15 is designed for college/yacht club racing fleets. Rig is simple, and the boat is a strict one-design. The deck is rounded, for easy hiking ... With the daggerboard and light weight, the boat may be easily dry sailed — often helpful for fleet sailing."
In 2014, a Vanguard 15 one-design racer, John Storck III, reported that the boat was falling out of favor with college sailors and that attendance at regattas was declining.
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- Media related to Vanguard 15 at Wikimedia Commons