The Cherub class has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years with many original boats being restored. The ease of building these at home has meant that there are also a number of new yachts under construction.
Doyle Sails has worked with leading One Design sail designers to curate a complete Cherub package to suit this style of sailing. With hands on experience through a number of in-house Cherub sailors, this team is at the fore front of high performance dinghy development and innovation.
The Cherub is a 12 feet long, high performance, two-person, planing dinghy first designed in 1951 in New Zealand by John Spencer (d 1996). The class is a development (or "box rule") class, allowing for significant variation in design between different boats within the rule framework.
Many Cherub sailors are in their late teens or early twenties but the flexibility of the class and the Cherub’s great sailing qualities mean that they are also attractive to many older sailors. In the 1960s and 1970s the Cherub was a popular sailing dinghy in New Zealand when they were mainly amateur built.
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