Friday, July 9, 2010

Design 2021 - 45 Knot Motoryacht - Kalamoun

This is an interesting yacht that was designed by Sparkman & Stephens in 1970. The styling was executed in conjunction with the famous automobile design house of Pininfarina of Italy. She is all aluminum and was built by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany. She is powered by twin 20 cylinder MTU V672 engines, each with output of 3,500 horsepower and producing a top speed of 45 knots, impressive for 1970. Special attention was paid to lightweight engineering and construction to achieve the target speed.

Length Overall: 91’-2”
Length Waterline: 81’-3”
Beam, Maximum: 22’-11”
Draft: 6’-8”
Displacement, Lightship: 153,900 lbs

Westchester Medical Center - Children's Hospital Sailing Neighborhood

Special projects - In 2004 we were contacted by the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center (New York) about designing a special "sailing neighborhood" space where children and families could relax, known as the sailing salon. Each wing of the Children's Hospital was to have a special lounge inspired by different interests. Designed to feel like the main salon of a traditional sailing yacht, the salon serves to enrich the lives of the children, as well as the families of children being cared for at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. While Sparkman & Stephens took on the design of the space, (after some gentle persuasion), the joinery was contributed by our friends at Derecktor Shipyard. It's just one of a variety of special projects we have enjoyed participating in.

Original Concept Sketch

2010 Maine Classic Yacht Racing


This year we will be up racing during the classic events in and around Penobscot Bay in early August. Schedule as follows:

Wednesday, August 4: Reception at Castine Yacht Club
Thursday, August 5: Castine Classic Regatta (to Camden)
Friday, August 6: Camden Classic Yacht Race (to Brooklin)
Saturday, August 7: Eggemoggin Reach Regatta

I'll be sailing on Zwerver, the 57' Sparkman & Stephens classic (design #1142). Zwerver was the winner of the Castine Classic Regatta last year. My associate Jason Black will be sailing on Mermaid, the 46' Sparkman & Stephens ketch (design #1230).


We look forward to seeing you in Maine.

IYRS Summer Gala

Once again Sparkman & Stephens will be a sponsor of the IYRS 13th Annual Summer Gala with a table for ten, to be held this coming weekend (Saturday, July 10). We have also donated a set of Sparkman & Stephens Fine Prints for the auction.

Bolero Accommodations Plan

We look forward to seeing you there.

New - Design 2708 - 72' Trawler

This design is a classic Sparkman & Stephens trawler yacht, to be built of aluminum. With twin CAT C15 ACERT engines top speed is 21 knots with a 19 knot cruise speed. Please call or write for more information, layout and specifications.

Length Overall: 71’-10”
Length Waterline: 66’-7”
Beam, Maximum: 19’-7”
Draft: 5’-6”
Displacement, Half Load: 129,600 lbs

Main Salon (Looking Forward)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

J-Boat Ranger

Here are a couple of images that demonstrate the power of 3D computer rendering. The sailing shot is a full scale 3D model that has been inserted into a sailing shot (the water only) of another vessel. The 3D model was rotated and skewed to replicate the original vessel. The interior shot was also created in full scale 3D (inside the boat you see above) and textures applied. You can "click" on either image for a larger view. For more about Ranger click: here.

Design 2686 - Manhattan Sailing Club - Floating Clubhouse

Special projects - if you are ever sailing in and around New York Harbor, there is a "harbor station" for the Manhattan Sailing Club anchored near Ellis Island. This floating clubhouse was designed and engineered by Sparkman & Stephens. Launch service is provided for club members from North Cove Marina and it's a great place to watch the J24 racing that takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday in the harbor. The start and finish lines emanate from the balcony of the clubhouse. The clubhouse is Coast Guard certified for 149 persons. It's just one of a variety of special projects we enjoy participating in.

Here's a great shot of the start line view from the second story of the clubhouse.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Newport Bermuda Race 2010

Racing to Bermuda on even-numbered years can be many things; a rite of passage the realization of a dream or the continuation of a legacy. Forty-six times before sailors have set course and braved the open ocean on a quest to reach St. David's Light. First sailed in 1906, The Newport Bermuda Race was the first ocean race for amateur sailors and has maintained that spirit throughout the years, with 185 boats competing in 2010.

At Sparkman & Stephens, as has always been the case, emphasis is placed on on-the-water experience to supplement the theoretical knowledge we use every day in the office. The 2010 edition of the Bermuda Race saw four members of the team participate on a wide range of boats. Three brokers, A. J. Evans (six previous races, starting at 1998 at the tender age of seventeen), Kevin Daily (seven previous races, starting in 1996), and Rex Herbert (eighteen previous races, starting in 1976), and one yacht designer, myself, Jason Black (one previous race, 2008) sailed the 635 miles from Newport, Rhode Island through the Gulf Stream to St. David's Light, Bermuda.

Sailing on different boats in different classes, each had their own experience. Based on elapsed time alone Kevin was the first to finish about the 66'
Aurora in 71 hours and 7 minutes, A.J. second in 93 hours and 58 minutes about the J-44 Vamp, Rex third sailing on the 63' Sceptre d'Isle after 99 hours and 27 minutes and last in the S&S inter-company competition, I finished aboard the 57' S&S classic, Zwerver, after 106 hours and 25 minutes. On corrected time as scored under ORR, Aurora scored 2nd in class and Vamp tallied a 3rd in class. And while it took us about Zwerver until the wee hours of Wednesday morning to arrive, being greeted by family and friends at the docks of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club made the experience on to remember.

Design 773 - Huntington Class - 26' Sloop

The above image is of the shakedown sail for a 26' sloop, Sparkman & Stephens design #773 (note the snow in the background). We posted a short bit about this design in June (click here to follow the link), and as a follow up we have an original which has been fully restored and is sitting in a barn in Long Island (view listing here). This is one of those particularly special finds in our archives. The plans were penned by Al Mason when he worked with Sparkman & Stephens. The vintage is 1947. Al Mason was without question one of the finest draftsman in the business. Here's a copy of the construction plan which we include for your interest. Check out the lettering, all done free hand.

Here's an article from Yachting magazine circa 1948.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Monaco Yacht Show - 2010

For the 9th consecutive year Sparkman & Stephens will be exhibiting at the Monaco Yacht Show to be held from Wednesday, September 22 - Saturday, September 25 at Port Hercules. Our stand will be where we have been regularly located in the Designers' Gallery on the Quai des Etats-Unis.

Of special note this year we will be co-exhibiting the newly launched 52-meter sailing yacht Nazenin V (see posting June 2010) together with the builder, RMK Yachts. She will be docked on the Jettee Nord (North Jetty).

Please feel free to contact us by phone or email for complimentary tickets.