Figures refer to length, weight, sail area, number of hulls in the U.S., price and makers.
Category I. The hot hulls. Weigh less than 400 lbs., carry one or two men.
INTERNATIONAL 14—14 ft., 325 lbs., 160 sq. ft., 620 hulls, $1,375 to $1,475, Fairey Marine, others. Designs continually changing, but this class provides top international competition. The most challenging of the two-man hulls. 505—16� ft., 280 lbs., 150 sq. ft., 35 hulls, $1,500, Fairey, others. Almost as hot as the 14, but more stable. Hull is standard but sails allowed to vary. Goes like a bomb in light air. JOLLY BOAT—18 ft., 310 lbs., 160 sq. ft., 120 hulls, $1,445, Fairey. Completely standardized, fast in heavy weather. Capable of 22 knots. Fine for club racing.
FLYING DUTCHMAN—19 ft. 10 in., 374 lbs., 161 to 200 sq. ft., 300 hulls, $1,550 to $1,795 ($1,750 fiber glass), Fairey, Stokvis, Siddons & Sindle, others. Variations allowed in hull and sail. Fastest of category in medium winds, loses to 505 and Jolly in light wind or heavy weather. Capable of 22 knots. Excellent lake sailer. Picked for 1960 Olympics.
FINN MONOTYPE—14 ft. 9 in., 330 lbs., 114 sq. ft., 25 hulls, $1,090, Fairey, others. One-man, single sail. A brute in wind. The ultimate test of racing stamina. Planes quickly, standardized. Picked for the 1960 Olympics.
Category II. Hulls weigh 450 lbs. or less but have generally lower speeds and more stability than category I boats.
FIREFLY—12 ft., 250 lbs., 90 sq. ft., 275 hulls, $785, Fairey. Completely standardized. Inexpensive interclub racers. ALBACORE—15 ft., 300 lbs., 125 sq. ft., 50 hulls, $985, Fairey. Designed as a roomier family planing boat. Completely standardized. JET 14—14 ft., 225 to 235 lbs., 116 sq. ft., 315 hulls, $795, Siddons & Sindle. A stable version of the International 14. Standardized. GANNET—14 ft., 250 lbs., 125 sq. ft., 45 hulls, $1,045, Marscot Plastics. Fox design in fiber glass. Rugged, no upkeep. RHODES BANTAM—14 ft., 300 lbs., 120 sq. ft., 675 hulls, $575, Gibbs Boat Co., others. Faster than Firefly with the wind. CADET—10 ft. 6� in., 150 lbs., 55� sq. ft., 200 hulls. $445, Fairey, Medina Yard. Smallest planing boat. Not very fast. Good trainer. THISTLE—17 ft., 450 lbs., 175 sq. ft., 1,150 hulls. $1,650, Douglass & McLeod, Inc. Heaviest in category I or II, needs good wind to plane. Most popular hull in the U.S.
Category III. Three-man boats. Weigh over 600 lbs. Slower to plane than category I and II hulls.
RAVEN—24 ft. 2 in., 800 lbs., 380 sq. ft., 257 hulls, $2,850 to $2,950, Medina Yard, Cape Cod Shipbuilding Co., others. Fastest in category III. Will beat a Star in medium and heavy wind. HIGHLANDER—20 ft., 675 lbs., 225 sq. ft., 215 hulls, $2,275, Douglass & McLeod, Inc. Roomy, comfortable design. FLYING FIFTEEN—20 ft., 715 lbs., 150 sq. ft., 6 hulls, $1,414, Tormenter Yacht Station. Only successful keel planing type. Needs stiff wind to plane.
Category IV. The scows. The original planing hulls. Developed independently of categories I—III. Highly specialized craft with blunt bows, flat bottoms. Suitable only for sheltered waters, but very fast off the wind.