Thursday, July 15, 2010

130' Spirit of Tradition Sloop


With sleek, refined contours and a traditional finish, the team at Sparkman & Stephens has developed a new 130’ Spirit of Tradition Sloop. A modern light displacement hull form, combined with advanced sail handling and mechanical systems make this new design truly state of the art. Although advanced in almost every aspect, elegant styling evokes traditional sentiments with aesthetically pleasing shapes and classic Sparkman & Stephens detailing.

On deck, a functional aft cockpit provides plenty of working space for the helmsman and trimmers. A roomy lounging forward cockpit provides comfort for guests and an unobstructed panoramic view over the low profile cabin house. Otherwise, the decks are clutter-free, clean, and simple, with all sheets and halyards running below decks. Traditional S&S deck furnishings, such as varnished Dorade boxes with polished cowls, varnished butterfly and companionway hatches, and miscellaneous sailing hardware, are well-placed and complement the exterior styling.

Entering the companionway, a grand staircase leads into the main salon and dining area. Traditional woodworking and trim details abound. The main dining area seats eight guests comfortably, with additional seating and a bar area to port. Three en-suite staterooms, accommodating six guests comfortably, are arranged aft. Guest cabins are well-appointed with queen berths outboard, private heads, and separate showers. The full beam master stateroom features a walk-in closet, large head with double sinks, over-sized separate shower, king sized berth to port, plush settee to starboard, and a private aft companionway.

Forward of the main salon, a full beam galley is furnished with ample cold storage, 36” chef’s range, bar serving area, and all other modern appliances a well-equipped galley requires. A day head for guests is located just beyond the galley to port. The crew area forward accommodates seven, including a spacious cabin with navigation desk for the captain and three separate double cabins with bunks.

Here are the plans.


Please call or email us for more information including specifications and pricing. Click on any image for a larger view.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 130’-0” ( 39.64m)
LWL 110’-0” (33.50m)
Beam 24’-8” (7.50m)
Displacement 265,000 lbs (120 MT)
Draft: 13’-6” (4.10m)
Sail Area 4,800 sq ft (445sq.m.)

A Little Bit of Sparkman & Stephens Trivia


Sparkman & Stephens has been located in New York City since the inception of the firm in 1929. The original offices were located at 11 East 44th Street, just about across the street from where we are today. The office was then moved to 79 Madision Avenue, and finally to our current location at 529 Fifth Avenue (Corner of 44th Street and 5th Avenue), where we've been for 17 years. In the very early days an adjunct design office was located at the City Island boatyard of Henry Nevins (image above). Note the "Drake Sparkman" name only. This was 1928, a year before Sparkman & Stephens was incorporated. I believe they were waiting for Olin Stephens to turn 21 years old before incorporating, which they did on October 28, 1929.

Of course now we also have additional offices in Newport and Fort Lauderdale.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Design 0602-C1 - THEODORA

Construction of the 45’ LOA Yawl THEODORA is nearing completion at Ian Franklin Boat Builders in Christchurch, New Zealand. Built for short-handed family cruising off the East Coast of Australia, the yacht is based on S&S Design No. 602, REVONOC, a centerboard yawl originally built in 1945 at the Nevins yard on City Island, New York. THEODORA has the same Lines as the original design, but construction, systems and rig are all updated to modern standards.

The original design had a double planked (Honduras Mahogany over white Cedar) hull on steam bent white Oak frames. The new yacht will feature an epoxy glued combined strip planked and cold molded Kauri Pine hull laminate over laminated Kauri Pine frames.

Much of the interior layout of the new design is similar to the original. The original full beam galley aft was modified to a galley to port and a new navigation area with additional quarter berth aft, as it suited better the Client’s needs. The cockpit was slightly increased in size and layout to make room for the wheel steering and to allow for better seating, ergonomics and access to the winches. The wheel is mounted on a classic pedestal with binnacle.

The deck plan of THEODORA is much improved over REVONOC, designed for easy handling by a short-handed crew. An inner forestay with self tacking club jib is included for easy work to windward in a breeze. THEODORA will carry a suit of sails cut from the specially developed Cambria fabric by Doyle. All sails will be cut and assembled from narrow 18” panels, with classic corner look, stitching and finishing. The cream colored Cambria Dacron fabric will result in a classic appearance but with modern performance and durability.

Although based on a proven design from the forties, the new THEODORA will be a classic cruising yacht in her own right. As for the original 1945 design 0602, which was the base for this new yacht, S&S keeps all the drawings and technical files of the now 2760 designs in its archives. Most of the classic S&S designs are available and can be considered as a start for a new yacht for interested Owners.


Particulars for THEODORA

LOA 45’-3” (13.80 m)

LWL 32’ - 0” (9.75 m)

Bmax 12’ - 0” (3.65 m)

Draft – centerboard up 4’- 5" (1.34 m)

Draft – centerboard down 7’- 2" (2.20 m)

102' World Cruising Sloop Under Construction in Thailand



Silver Lining
, currently under construction at Phithak Shipyard in Satun, Thailand, is an S&S-designed 102' sloop with an interesting background. Design work originally began back in 1998 at S&S in New York, intended for a limited production run at a major shipyard in China. Halfway through the original build, the shipyard abandoned the project - leaving the completed aluminum hull and superstructure out in their storage yard.

Finally in 2008, an ambitious new owner took possession of the existing hull and all design and engineering information that had been completed to date. The hull was moved to Thailand, where she is now scheduled for completion this fall. All hull welding has been re-done to comply with ABS standards, systems have been updated for 2010 standards, and a modern new pilothouse was built to update the aesthetic of the yacht. It's wonderful to see this S&S yacht finally get the attention and care she deserves, and we hope she creates for her new owner and his family many happy cruising memories!


Design 2689 - 130' Classic Motoryacht

This boat was designed for a repeat customer. He originally owned a 200' Sparkman & Stephens designed motoryacht and he wanted to capture the same aesthetic in a smaller and more manageable vessel. This design is 130' overall. Here's a snapshot of his original boat (design #2034), circa 1975.

He then asked us to design a sailing yacht of the same name of 126' overall. It's an interesting motorsailer design (design #2477), circa 1984, shown below. Both of these yachts are still in operation today.

The new design is powered by twin Caterpillar 3512 B diesel engines rated at 2,250hp each for a top speed of 23 knots and 20 knot cruise. The construction is all aluminum. The boat features an outdoor pool on the expansive aft deck.

Length Overall: 130’-0”
Length Waterline: 117’-10”
Beam, Maximum: 25’-5”
Draft: 6’-7”
Displacement, Lightship: 330,000 lbs

Monday, July 12, 2010

Offshore 56' Pilothouse Sloop


Here's a preliminary design of a 56' raised pilothouse yacht for extended ocean cruising. We have drawn a contemporary profile with a 3-cabin layout with owner forward and twin quarter cabins aft. There is a generous galley with dining settee opposite in the salon, and a proper navigation station within the raised pilothouse. Please email or call for more information.


Length Overall 56’-0”
Length Waterline 50’-0”
Displacement, Half Load 42,600 lbs
Sail Area 1,500 sq ft