Friday, September 17, 2010

S&S30 - Another Look

Would you be interested if we were to tell you we have developed a 30' cruising boat that will be available at reasonable cost? Here's another sneak peek. It's been 3 years in development. Coming soon.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 30'-6"
LWL 27'-3"
Beam 8'-3"
Draft 5'-6"

Galileo - Design 2510

I took this image yesterday in Newport of Galileo. This powerful world cruising ketch was built by Palmer Johnson and launched in 1989. The interior design was by John Munford, now retired. At the time of her launch she was the largest aluminum sailboat to be built in the United States since the 1930s.

Here's the general arrangement plan.

The greatest thing about these big old motorsailers is the interaction between indoor space (pilothouse) and outdoor space (cockpit) as can be seen in this image.

This image shows the main salon with dining area and ship's office.

Here's a better view of the convenient ship's office. The desk is in the concealed mode.

Seating area in main salon.

The boat underwent a major refit in 2006, seen here. Seeing her inside a shed gives some sense of scale.

We designed a "soft patch" into the house top and main salon sole. This is a section of aluminum that can be removed by cutting with a torch without disrupting wiring, piping and so forth. The intent is to facilitate future engine or equipment replacement. Here's a new generator going in through the soft patch during her refit. Once finished the patch is simply welded shut, re-faired and painted.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 123'-3"
LWL 96'-0"
Beam 26'-1"
Draft 11'-5"
Displacement 361,000 lbs

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sparkman & Stephens Newport Office

Brokerage Office

We've expanded the size of our Newport office and have done a little refit: we connected two offices, installed new wainscoting, paint, carpeting and artwork. We have both brokers and designers working there year round.

Design Office

Our office in Newport is located at 555 Thames Street, in the Wellington Resort complex, right next to Team 1 Newport. If you are driving down Thames we are on the right just before the turn onto Wellington Avenue. Please visit us if you are in Newport.

And if you are a captain or crew and need help shipping stuff, receiving packages or getting faxes or getting on the Internet: no problem we are happy to help you out. Please just contact us or stop by the office. Our crew in our Newport office consists of Daniela (naval architect), Brendan (naval architect), AJ (yacht broker) and Jeff (yacht broker + project manager).

Tel: +1 (401) 847-5449

Skylark - Design 146

Here's a nice shot of Skylark, design 146, that I took today. The boat is absolutely mint. I don't know whether to say thanks or congratulations to the owner. The boat is currently for sale (and race ready) as he owns another fine classic S&S boat, Sonny. I think he restored the boat just to preserve the heritage of this fine yacht. (So thank you).

Newport Boat Show

M42 and M29 on the Outside

Today I was up in Newport at the Newport International Boat Show. The show is going on through the weekend. Morris Yachts had their own little show over at the International Yacht Restoration School docks with an M29, M36, M42 and M52 in attendance. This was pretty smart on their part. Instead of having their boats locked in at the show, they had a tent over there and were ferrying people right out of the show in a hard bottom inflatable, over to IYRS. Having the boats at IYRS allowed them to do test sailing all day.

M36 and M52

I think they sold a couple of boats.

M36 and M52 Cockpits

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Design 2527 - Encore

This 73' IMS racing yacht was built in 1987 by Dereckor Shipyards of aluminum. She was designed with an interior that could be converted from "Racer/Cruiser" mode to pure "Racer".

General Arrangement Plan

This is the first drawing I ever made for Sparkman & Stephens (below).

Deck Plan & Outboard Profile

The boat has had a successful racing career including by winning the Annapolis-Newport Race, Marblehead-Halifax, Antigua Race Week, and the Mohegan Race during her inaugural season. The following year she placed second in the Newport-Bermuda Race and in 1993, was the overall winner of the prestigious Fastnet Race.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 73'-0"
LWL 58'-0"
Beam 18'-6"
Draft 12'-8"

Update on Design #2758 - 25' Center Console

Yesterday I was at Brooklin Boat Yard inspecting the work on the 25' center console under construction there.

Here's the progress to date.

Check out this nice chock casting.

Here's the stern quarter chock. Nice castings.

And finally here's the general arrangement.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 25'-0"
LWL 23'-0"
Beam 8'-11"
Draft 2'-8"
Engine Yanmar 6BY2-220hp @4,000rpm
Top Speed 32 knots

Monday, September 13, 2010

Yachting Magazine - 1930.

Here's an article from Yachting Magazine - 1930. Olin was 22 years old at the time. Double click for bigger version.

Aweigh - Design 24

A blog follower asked us if we have any information regarding Aweigh. Here's what we have: Aweigh was built in 1934 by Davis & Sons, Solomons, Maryland, a very old shipyard indeed. She was destined to sail from her home port on the Chesapeake Bay and her 6' draft reflects this.

She is an unusual yacht for Sparkman & Stephens, being flush deck at 47'-2" overall. This makes her a bit high sided but still an attractive yacht by any measure. She was set up for short handed sailing for a cruising couple. I like this boat. Note just how much usable storage there is onboard (see general arrangement).

Here's an excerpt from the book, Best of the Best. (Click for larger image).

As a side note if you click on the link for Best of the Best you will be directed to the Barnes & Noble web page about this book. You will note this book is out of print and there is a used one listed there for nearly $600. We are in the habit of buying them whenever we come across them. If anyone is interested in buying one but is having trouble finding the book I have 2 sitting on my desk which we are selling for the published price of $75 (+ shipping). Simply contact me directly at

Back to Aweigh. Here's the general arrangement plan.

I am sorry to report we have not one single image of this yacht.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 47'-2"
LWL 35'-8"
Beam 11'-9"
Draft 6'-0"

Olin J. Stephens, II

Olin J. Stephens, II
April 13, 1908 - September 13, 2008