Matilda 20


L.O.A.: 19' 6" (5.94 m)
L.W.L.: 16" 4" (4.98 m)
Beam: 7' 10" (2.41 m)
Draft: 0' 9" (0.23 m)

Displacement: 1550 lbs. (704 kg.)
Ballast: 300 lbs. (136 kg.)
Sail area: 195 sq. ft. (18.14 m²)

Motor: outboard.
Headroom: 4' 3" (1.31m)
Berths: 4

Price range: $4,500 to $6,000

    The Matilda 20 has a very wide beam for a 20 footer. It also has to rate as one of the roomier 20 footers on the used market in Canada. Much of the Matilda's large interior is due to the fact that its cabin stretches the full width of the beam (there are no side decks). This feature gives the boat a somewhat awkward appearance, but is also means that it has an interesting cabin layout below decks and space for a semi-private head (toilet). A noteworthy feature is that the Matilda has a good size ballasted centerboard as retractable keel. In theory, retractable centerboards should provide better sailing performance than the swing keel arrangements typically found on many trailerable boats. For the amount of room it offers, the Matilda is a relatively light boat. This boat usually comes on a trailer.

    by Michael McGoldrick.
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