Bombardier Invitation sailboat
|Crew||1 or 2|
|LOA||15 ft 7 in (4,700 mm)|
|Beam||5 ft (1,500 mm)|
|Draft||3 ft (910 mm)|
|Hull weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|Mast height||22 ft (6,700 mm)|
|Mainsail area||90 sq ft (8.4 m2)|
The Invitation was briefly mentioned in Popular Science 34 and Popular Mechanics 5 in 1974 and 1975. Bombardier filed for a Canadian trademark in December 1973, and it was registered in November 1974. It was later inactivated in January 1990.6
In addition to the Invitation, the company produced a similar, though slightly smaller, boat called the Bombardier 3.8 .
The hull of the Invitation is 4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) long, with a hull weight of 82 kg (180 lb). It is cat rigged with only a loose-footed sleeved batten-less mainsail that slips over the two-piece mast. The batten-less design allows the mainsail to wrapped around the mast when not in use. It has a beam of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in).
The Bombardier 3.8 has a similar, but smaller design to the Invitation. The hull of the Bombardier 3.8 is 3.8 m (12 ft 6 in) long with a displacement of 123 lb (56 kg) and a sail area of 60 sq ft (5.6 m2)7
- Sherwood, Richard M. (1994), A Field Guide to Sailboats of North America (2nd ed.), Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, ISBN 0-395-65239-1.