West Coast Sailing is your source for Thistle sailboat parts and equipment. The Thistle is a high-performance one-design racing boat that can also be used for day sailing. Designed in 1945, the Thistle has been carefully modernized to reflect new technologies while keeping all boats competitive. It carries a lot of sail for its size, planning easily in 10-12 knots of wind. The sail plan consists of a main, jib, and spinnaker. This family-friendly boat features a plumb bow, straight sheer, thin rails and no decking. The rounded bottom provides stability, making it ideal for beginners. It’s usually raced with a three-person crew.