Packet Rat

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Packet Rat

Packet Rat

Eleven Plus dinghy – © UKHBBR

Packet Rat

What with growing up, settling down, starting a family and work commitments, it wasn’t until middle life that I was able to consider taking up sailing again. A modest start seemed in order, so I looked around until I found an attractive little dinghy on a trailer.

She was an Eleven Plus and I bought her for £120 in 1983.

Blessed with a vivid imagination, I christened her  “Packet Rat”.

“Liverpool packet rat,” hairy and wild and drunken, the prey of crimps and dive-keepers ashore, brave and toughened to every hardship afloat, climbing aloft in his red shirt, dungaree breeches, and sea-boots, with a snow-squall whistling, the rigging sheathed with ice, and the old ship burying her bows in the thundering combers.- The Old Merchant Marine by Ralph D. Paine 1919

Technical Data

Eleven Plus Sailing Dinghy
Dimension Measurement
Length 3.40m (11ft 2ins)
Width 1.37m (4ft 6ins)
Sail Area 6.5 sq m (70 sq ft)
Designer Eric Parkin
Design Year 1956
Builder Kit
Acknowledgement: Technical data sourced from: Classic & Vintage Racing Dinghy Association