T980 Design

Dimensions :

9.8 m
3.4 m
2.7 m
Sailing weight
2600 kg
Crew Weight
600 kg
Complete boat
2000 kg
Sail area up
66.2 sqm
Sail area down
184.2 sqm
Date : Crew Weight

Description :

The room and space of a cruiser but aggressive race challenger and line honours winner

Sailing :

The ideal club racer – the T980 has all the Thompson design attributes of excellent windward ability and exhilarating downwind performance with cruising capability.

A simple, roomy interior, large cockpit matched with sail controls mounted close to hand means this boat can be sailed competitively by a racing crew of 7, or easily crewed by fewer for those weekends away.

Light in weight yet strongly constructed the T980 can be trailered due to the lifting keel option and ramp or crane launched using the keel mounted lift position.

Lifting the keel is push button simple with the electrically operated hydraulic control system.

Motoring out to the race course is easy under the internal sail drive with two bladed folding propellers.

Purchase and Build Options :


The T980 is designed as a one design with the added advantage of being a superb PHRF racer capable of beating the 40 footers around the course. IRC = 1.124.
The designers have utilises the latest VPP software to help create a boat that is very fast and stable upwind yet exhilarating downwind.

It features wide and comfortable side decks and a large cockpit, all of the sailing controls are simple and easy to use.
The rig features a topmast or optional twin topmast backstay .


The hull and deck are constructed in our system using temporary female moulds, epoxy resins and foam core with eglass laminates


Two pot paint with non-skid deck


E-glass, carbon fibre, expoxy core with integral bulb


E-glass, carbon fibre, and epoxy core


Mast and prod – carbon fibre Boom and 3 spreaders – alloy Rigging – Dyform/rod

Deck fitout



Vang, cunningham, outhaul, prod rotation control, jib inhaul

Ropes and cordage



18 hp saildrive with 2 bladed folding propeller with remote controls


Stationless steel pulpit, pushpit, 3 stanchions per side with twin s.s. wire lifelines


Low profile main hatch with drop in washboard Lewmar 18 round foredeck


1 x 75 amp/hour battery with 8 circuit switch panel and volt metre, 5 internal lights, nav. Lights on pulpit and pushpit, mashhead light and motoring light

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