Wednesday, June 16, 2010

S&S Expands Newport, RI

Sparkman & Stephens is pleased to announce the expansion of their Design Department to Newport, Rhode Island. Yacht design, naval architecture, and marine engineering services is now offered at both the New York and Newport locations.

President Bruce Johnson notes: "We feel we can better serve our client base, local boat builders, and service yards by positioning permanent design personnel in our Newport offices. As the yachting center of the Northeast, Newport is the natural location for our expansion."

In Newport, the S&S design staff will focus on new designs for custom one-off and production yacht construction in both power and sail, as well as refit work. The design team is comprised of two talented naval architects, Brendan and Daniela Abbott. The designers have joined two knowledgeable S&S brokers, Jeff Grey and A.J. Evans. Jeff also manages after-sales and refit services for S&S.

With support from satellite locations in Newport and Fort Lauderdale, Sparkman & Stephens continually aims to broaden its services and presence within the yachting community.

The Newport office is located at 555B Thames Street.
Telephone: +1 (401) 847-5449

Fax: +1 (401) 847-0052

2010 World Superyacht Awards

Sparkman & Stephens has the pleasure of announcing that sailing yacht NAZENIN V was awarded a Judges' Special Commendation for a Sailing Yacht over 45 meters at the 2010 World Superyacht Awards at London's Guildhall on May 22.

The 52-meter ketch is a blend of traditional styling and contemporary elegance, designed by S&S in New York City and built by RMK Yachts in Tuzla, Tukey.

She was awarded this special commendation for her "outstanding design, excellent execution, and meeting the owner's requirements perfectly." The owner, Mr. Rahmi Koc, was honored with a Neptune trophy and a bottle of champagne at the gala dinner, which was attended by over 500 industry professionals and yacht owners.

Exterior styling, engineering, and naval architecture for NAZENIN V was completed by Sparkman & Stephens, while Redman, Whitely, Dixon of the UK created the graceful blond teak interior. Project Manager Paul Johnson also brought years of experience and invaluable expertise to the project.

The culmination of five years of design development, engineering, and construction has led to a world-class superyacht that exceeds the owner's expectations for comfort, safety, performance and tasteful simplicity in every way. Special congratulations to RMK Yachts for their outstanding execution.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Huntington Class (26' Cold-Molded Sloop)

Originally designed by S&S and build in Long Island in 1947, this one-design class filled the gap between small open racing classes active at the time and larger racing-cruising yachts on Long Island Sound. As a June 1947 article in Yachting magazine noted, this little sailboat "will make not only for a fine racing class but also day sailer and overnight cruiser. It will be a boat for the whole family to enjoy."

In this new iteration, the design team at S&S has maintained the classic club racer styling and hull lines, with light displacement and low wetted surface, making it a speedy one-design class. Two alternatives are offered for the underwater appendages - the original full keel and attached rudder for the traditionalist, or a new fit keel and spade rudder configuration for the more competitive club racer. Construction method and scantlings have been updated for cold-molded construction, allowing the aesthetic appeal of exposed laminated wood beams below decks to add character throughout the cabin. Below deck, this club racer can accommodate two people for an overnight stay.

The sail plan is manageable by a crew of two while racing or cruising. Optional symmetrical and assymmetical spinnaker gear also allows the owner to expand the sail inventory to his own comfort level. Deck hardware is kept to a minimum and optional teak trim on the toe rail and deckhouse make maintenance a breeze.

Length Overall: 26'-0"
Length Waterline: 21'-3"
Beam: 7'-0"
Draft: 4'-7"
Sail Area: 340 sq ft
Displacement: 4,740 lbs

Under Construction: 25' Center Console Launch

This 25' center console is sure to be a head-turner in any harbor! Currently under construction and due for launch later this summer, she is being built in cold-molded wood construction. High-grade materials and techniques include mahogany and western red cedar strip planks, laminated with epoxy resin, and exposed laminated structural beams inside the cockpit. Bright finish on the inside of the cockpit and transom add to the classic wooden boat appeal. With classic barrel-back lines and exquisite teak trim details throughout, this little boat will be a true jewel of boatbuilding.

Ample seating forward and aft allow for family-friendly weekend outings, while the electric marine toilet discreetly tucked under the forward settee makes extended trips even more comfortable. The console electronics package includes a GPS/chartplotter, depth sounder, VHF radio, and remote-controlled autopilot. Adding to the comfort of this little day-boat is an ample freshwater tank with pump and wash-down hose to make wash-down a breeze at any dock. The dodger provides shelter for passengers and can also be folded down to serve as a windshield around the forward seating area.

Powered by a 220 hp Yanmar diesel engine housed inside the center console, she will have a comfortable cruising speed of 24 knots and a maximum speed of 28 knots. Hull design has been aimed at maximizing ride comfort - low planing trim, flared bow for dryness, and adequate deadrise to minimize slamming. Insulation and exhaust systems have also been optimized to create a smooth and quiet experience aboard.

Length Overall: 25'-0"
Length Waterline: 23'-0"
Beam: 8'-10"
Draft: 2'-8"
Displacement: 6,400 lbs
Power: 220 hp
Maximum Speed: 28 knots
Cruising Speed: 24 knots
Fuel Oil Capacity: 70 gal
Freshwater Capacity: 20 gal


After the acclaim of the Phoenix II commuter-style motoryacht, S&S has created a more compact commuter to expand the range. Gryphon, similar to Phoenix II, has been designed for fashionable coastal cruising and occasional offshore passage making. Powered by twin Volvo D6 engines with IPS drives she will perform efficiently while at sea and will maneuver easily at the dock. Her hull, deck, and superstructure will be constructed of lightweight composite materials to further increase performance. Traditional S&S detailing, including butterfly hatch and dorade vents, add a level of refinement and class that make her truly a sight to see.

Gryphon has been designed to accomodate one, two, and three stateroom arrangements. In each of the arrangements, a large master stateroom foreword with en suite head and separate shower is included. Aft of the master stateroom, trade-offs can be made to accommodate individual needs whether it be an expansive main salon or luxurious extra cabins for a complement of six. The wheel house features an aft dining area, helm station, and retractable aft windows. On deck, a large aft cockpit and sun bed provide the perfect place to socialize, dine, or relax.

Length Overall: 49'-3"
Length Waterline: 48'-1"
Beam, Maximum: 13'-8"
Hull Draft: 2'-3"
Displacement, Half Load (est.): 38,000 lbs
Maximum Speed: 33 knots
Cruising Speed: 28 knots
Range at Cruise: 450 nm
Fuel Oil Capacity: 500 gal
Fresh Water Capacity: 200 gal
Main Engines: 2 x Volvo Penta IPS 600
Drive Type: Volvo IPS (Options: Jet Drives - Conventional Shafts)
Thruster: Side-Power SE120 (8.5 HP)
Generator: Northern Lights M843NW3 12kW

Phoenix II

This Sparkman & Stephens' 68' Commuter Yacht is a modern classic with nostalgic styling reminiscent of a bygone era. She has been designed for fashionable, high-speed, near coastal cruising and occasional offshore passage making. Narrow beam and an efficient hull form make her quick to plane; she is easily driven by two screws conventionally coupled to high output marine diesel engines. Her performance is further bolstered by lightweight composite hull, deck, and superstructure construction.

Accommodations for six include a luxurious master stateroom aft with en suite head and separate shower, a spacious forward VIP cabin, a second head and shower, and a twin guest/captain stateroom. The admidships main salon features a starboard side dining area and galley to port. The open main salon also boasts a vaulted overhead with traditional butterfly hatch and generous windows on three sides. Topsides, her arrangement provides for a social aft cockpit and an expansive, airy pilothouse from which to commute in elegant style.

Length Overall: 68'
Length Waterline: 66'-5 ½"
Beam, Maximum: 16'-2"
Hull Draft: 3'-8"
Displacement, Half Load (est.): 75,000 lbs.
Maximum Speed: 41 knots
Cruising Speed: 34 knots
Range at Cruise: 500 nm
Fuel Oil Capacity: 1500 gal
Fresh Water Capacity: 350 gal
Main Engines: Caterpillar C32 (1450Bhp)
Drive Type: 2 x Conventional Shaft
Propellers: 2 x 5-Bladed Nibral Fixed Pitch
Thruster: Side-Power SP 220 TC (15 HP)
Ride Control: 2 x Active Interceptor System
Generator: Northern Lights M844W3 20kW