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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Design 54 - Landfall

This pretty yawl was designed in 1934 and built in Tasmania. One can easily see the influence of Dorade (design #7) and Stormy Weather (design #27) in her hull shape and how she fills the gap between these two early designs and Sonny (design #94) and Skylark (design #146), yet to be designed. Looking at the length/beam of these 5 designs, she's narrow; proportionally almost as narrow as Dorade.

Here are some study plans.

General Arrangement Plan

Sail Plan

And here's a nice article from the time. Double click for bigger view.

The boat is still actively sailed in and around Australia.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 44'-0"
LWL 32'-9"
Beam 9'-9"
Draft 6'6"


  1. A friend alerted me to this story, i have owned Landfall for about 15 years, i purchased her as a sloop with alloy spars and have kept this sail configuration, she now has all fibre standing rigging with furling systems on genoa and gennaker.
    The hull is original, some deck gear has moved position slightly and she has recently had a new engine fitted.
    The boat is very easy to sail single handed but i will be joined by 2 friends in February 2011 to sail her back down to Hobart for the Tasmanian Wooden Boat Show and the return trip to her home base in Bundeena, just south of Sydney
    mike strong

  2. Mike,
    Good to hear from you. She's a beauty. Please send us some current images. We would love to have them for our files. If you send me your contact information to: I would be happy to send you a couple of S&S sailing caps.
    Regards from New York,
    Bruce Johnson