Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Nortada - 43' Power Cruiser - Design 14


This appears to be the first Sparkman & Stephens powerboat launched (although design #3 was a powerboat design, it was not built). The year was 1931. She was heavily built by one William Bunce of Huntington, Long Island. She was powered by twin 4 cylinder engines of 56hp each for a cruising speed of 10 knots.

The general arrangement looks quite practical for a 43' boat with a cabin including en-suite head on each end of the boat separated by the engine room/wheelhouse for reasonable privacy for two couples.

The hull lines look definitively influenced by sailing yacht design. There was 5,000 lbs of ballast integral to the skeg.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 43'-0"
LWL 40'-0"
Beam 12'-1 3/4"
Draft 4'-4 1/2"

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