Banks Enterprise One Design Sails


Cut from 4.46 Contender Polykote Ripstop. Complete with leech tell tales, battens, clew slider, soft foot, cunningham, insignia, sail numbers and long sailbag.

A medium full sail with very smooth sections. This sail has a high pointing potential and generates a lot of power. The upper leech twists and opens when over-powered to cut drag and increase speed.


Cut from 4.46 Contender Polykote Ripstop. Complete with luff tell tales, Polymex window, hot cut leech, stainless luff wire and long jib bag. Fine entried yet easy to use.

A truly user-friendly design bringing speed without constant attention from the helmsman leaving more time to concentrate on the important aspects of the race.

Banks Enterprise Dinghy Covers

Enterprise dinghy: Banks Sails

Flat top covers

Easy to fit and can be used with the mast up or down. The main halyard attachment webbing ring helps the cover to shed water.

Enterprise dinghy: Banks Sails

Over boom covers

For the ultimate in weather proofing, the over boom style ensures that water will not collect in the cover and allows air to circulate.

Enterprise dinghy: Banks Sails

Trailing covers

Trailing covers are top covers without openings for masts and shrouds. They reduce drag considerably when towing.

Enterprise dinghy: Banks Sails

Under covers

Undercovers protect the hull of the boat from knocks and scratches, particularly when trailing. Our undercovers are handmade from quality nylon.

Enterprise Data Sheet

The Enterprise is a two-man sloop-rigged hiking sailing dinghy with distinctive blue sails. Despite being one of the older classes of dinghies, it remains popular in the United Kingdom and about a dozen other countries, and is used for both cruising and racing. It has a combination of size, weight, and power which appeals to all ages, and to sailing schools. The Enterprise is accredited as an International Class by the International Sailing Federation, the ISAF.

The Enterprise is most often sailed with no spinnaker . However the international class rules allow the decision of whether to allow spinnakers to be made by the national authority. In the U.K. and Canada, no spinnakers were allowed until 2002 when a new PY handicap was introduced in the UK to allow spinnakers to be used in multi class racing in clubs, although spinnakers may still not be used in "Class" racing; in the United States they are allowed.

Early boats, wooden and GRP, used buoyancy bags fixed under the benches and thwarts for internal buoyancy but nowadays foam reinforced plastic boats have built in buoyancy tanks improving stiffness and removing much of the maintenance associated with air-filled bags. Wooden boats still tend to have buoyancy bags to the rear and a forward bulkhead.

They are also relatively unstable in comparison with other dinghies of similar performance, they have handling characteristics which would generally be associated with much faster designs.

The first two Enterprises built were sailed from Dover to Calais both as a test and for advertising purposes. This feat was recreated on the Enterprise's 50th anniversary, but this time the two boats were sailed both to France and back again.

Designer Jack Holt
Year 1956
Crew 2
Draft 8 in (0.20 m)
3 ft 10 in (1.17 m)
Type Monohull
Hull weight 207 lb (94 kg)
LOA 13 ft 3 in (4.04 m)
LOH 12 ft 11 in (3.94 m)
Beam 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Hull appendages
Keel/board type Centreboard
Rig type Sloop
Upwind sail area 115 sq ft (10.7 m2)
D-PN 92.6
RYA PN 1117

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About Company

Banks Sails was founded because of the demand for dinghy and small keelboat sails designed by Bruce Banks and later by Ken Rose. They quickly established a reputation as an innovative supplier of top quality dinghy and small keelboat sails.

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