The Echo 12 is a Canadian rowboat, motorboat and sailing dinghy that was first built in 1979.[1][2]

Echo 12
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Builder(s)C&L Boatworks
Skene Boats
NameEcho 12
Displacement140 lb (64 kg)
Draft1.50 ft (0.46 m) with daggerboard down
LOA11.83 ft (3.61 m)
Beam4.92 ft (1.50 m)
Hull appendages
Keel/board typedaggerboard
Rudder(s)transom-mounted rudder
Rig typeBermuda rig
SailplanFractional rigged sloop Masthead sloop
Total sail area92.00 sq ft (8.547 m2)

The Echo 12 is a development of the West German Koralle Junior.[1][3]


The design is built by C&L Boatworks in Belleville, Ontario and was at one time also built by Skene Boats of Gloucester, Ontario, both located in Canada. The design remains in production by C&L.[1][2][4][5][6]


The Echo 12 is a recreational sailboat, built predominantly of fibreglass, with wood trim. For sailing it has a fractional sloop rig, with aluminum spars, a raked stem, a plumb transom, a transom-hung, kick-up rudder made from mahogany, controlled by a tiller and a retractable mahogany daggerboard. It displaces 140 lb (64 kg), has a bow storage compartment and may be fitted with a whisker pole. The mainsheet is mounted mid-boom to a block on the cockpit deck.[1][2]

The boat has a draft of 1.50 ft (0.46 m) with the daggerboard extended and 0.33 ft (0.10 m) with it retracted, allowing beaching or ground transportation on a trailer or car roof rack. The mast is a two-piece design to allow it to be disassembled for car-top transport.[1][2]

The boat has a motor-mount pad and can be fitted with an outboard motor of up to 5 hp (4 kW). It also was factory-delivered with an athwartships seat and oarlocks for rowing.[1]

For racing the design is usually crewed by two sailors.[2]

Operational historyEdit

In a 1994 review Richard Sherwood wrote, "a straightforward beginner's boat, the Echo has been designed for versatility and may also be rowed or powered (with a maximum of five-horsepower outboard). Oarlock sockets are built in, and there is a pad for the motor. A rowing seat runs athwartship."[2]

See alsoEdit

Similar sailboats


  1. ^ a b c d e f McArthur, Bruce (2020). "Echo 12 sailboat". Archived from the original on 29 June 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Sherwood, Richard M.: A Field Guide to Sailboats of North America, Second Edition, pages 14-15. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994. ISBN 0-395-65239-1
  3. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2020). "Koralle Jr. (Kolibri)". Archived from the original on 29 June 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  4. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2020). "C&L Boatworks". Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  5. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2020). "Skene Boats Ltd". Archived from the original on 29 June 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  6. ^ C&L Boatworks (2018). "Echo 12". Archived from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.

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