There is a lifting rudder with metal stock and detachable tiller with tiller extension. Nylon blocks are fitted under the gudgeon and pintle and all fittings are bolted through with s/s locknuts. Terylene toe straps are adjustable fore and aft with 5mm pre-stretched polyester rope. Marine ply floorboards with non-slip finish are supplied with cut-outs for Super Maxi bailers, that are now fitted as standard. A keel band is fitted throughout the length of the boat. Genoa fairleads, jamming cleats, drain plugs, allow mainsheet track traveller with end chocks and control lines are all fitted.
The centreboard has a fully adjustable friction pad and is made of 24mm selected marine ply. All fastenings are bolted trough with s/s nuts and washers that are used extensively throughout in place of self-tappers. (For single-handed sailing or for family cruising, Wanderer also has the option of fitting as an extra, a galvanized steel centreplate. Weighing 85lb, this increases substantially the already high stability of the boat making a capsize virtually impossible.
Wanderer - new version.
In 2007 Phil Morrison was commissioned to look at the design of the Wanderer with a view to giving it a modern appearance, clean interior and safer buoyancy character. At the same time consideration was given to the production time and thus cost of a new Wanderer. The end point of this re-design is shown below:
It can be seen that all woodwork and therefore upkeep has been removed from this new dinghy and this has been matched to a self draining and open interior. The rear seats and rear storage tank are removable and are accessories that can be added to the basic Wanderer.
Yet the boat can have a conventional or asymmetric spinnaker added to the basic sail plan. A large spinnaker chute ensures that this sail is as easy to use as possible.
Both centre mainsheet or transom mainsheet can be offered whilst the genoa sheeting remains simple but effective.
GRP centreboard and rudder blade are matched to this low maintenance concept.
The boat has plastic self bailers mounted into the floor to drain any small amount of water that may come on board.
Should one ever push the design to the edge and a capsize result the boat is capable of being easily righted by just a youngster on their own - and then the water disappears out of the drain scuppers under the tank and out of the transom. This makes the design a winner with training centres where capsizing is part of the curriculum.
Even though the boat looks very different the weight, speed, hull, mast, sails, centreboard and rudder all remain exactly as they have always been. Likewise the new Wanderer can be fitted with oars, genoa furlers, slab reefing, mooring cleats and fairleads and even an outboard. However with this enlarged rear storage a 4 stroke can be hidden away when not in use.
Lastly this work has seen the basic price of this dinghy come down which in turn has seen a turn round in new boat numbers.