The Nonsuch idea was formulated by Gordon Fisher of Canada, racing yachtsman and defender of the Canada’s Cup. He needed a sturdy, fast, family sailboat the he could race without a crew. To maximize this concept, the elimination of all the problem areas was essential. Jibs, genoas, spinnakers, stays, shrouds were totally eliminated.
Gordon Fisher and designer Mark Ellis rediscovered the catboat and asked George Hinterhoeller, Canada’s prestigious boat builder, to build four Nonsuch 30s in 1977. The yachts were not only remarkably well balanced in all conditions but they were superior to many so-called racing machines.
The Hinterholler Nonsuch is a remarkably well built yacht with the ease of a one sail, one sheet sailing experience.
To view the Nonsuch Why & How Video or the Nonsuch Navy feature videos click links provided below or on the left hand side of this website.
Nonsuch Why & How Part One "Why a Nonsuch"
Nonsuch Why & How Part Two "How to sail a Nonsuch"
Nonsuch Navy Part One "A day on the water"
Nonsuch Navy Part Two "The Regatta"
Nonsuch Why and How