Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pilot Class - Design 539

This post war beauty is one of my favorite designs. She is a 33' cruising auxiliary that has made a good boat for countless families over the years. And what's not to like? Standard user friendly interior, classic sheer and a good performing boat to boot.

The design was headed up by K. Aage Nielsen when he worked for Sparkman & Stephens out of S&S's short lived Boston office. Numerous builders built the boats. Here's the layout.

The design was eventually the prototype for the Hinckley Pilot.

Hinckley Pilot

The following is a nice article from Yachting Magazine from 1945. (Double click for readable size).

Further reference can be found in the Olin Stephens book Lines and Worthy of the Sea, the K. Aage Nielsen book.

And finally here are the beautifully proportioned lines.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 32'-11"
LWL 24'-0"
Beam 9'-6"
Draft 4'-9"

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Follow Up to Monaco Yacht Show

Here are a few interesting statistics from the Monaco Yacht Show. There were approximately 100 superyachts in the show and inside of Port Hercules. The average size was 40-meters and up to 90-meters. In addition to the boats in the show, and as a general indicator of the big boat brokerage market there were an additional 107 megayachts moored off the harbor and for sale! I snapped the image above from the bridge onboard Nazenin. It's a bit hard to see (double click for bigger image) but as all yachts are now part of the AIS (Automatic Identification System) you can see the area of the port itself completely chock-a-block with boat names but upon inspection you can see just how many yachts were moored nearby.

20' One Design - Design 256

This interesting design looks a lot like a Lightning but with a fixed keel. The cast iron keel looks like a Scheel keel. Here's the construction plan.

We don't know much about the design. The files are entitled Corinthian 20 Class. It obviously influenced the Lightning as this is design #256 and the Lightning is design #265, designed just half a year later.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 20'-2"
LWL 18'-0"
Beam 6'-4"
Draft 3'-4"

Monday, October 4, 2010

New York Classic Week - 2010

America II and Northern Light

Last Friday I sailed onboard Blackwatch (design #218) in the Verrazano Bridge Race. It was very wet! Rainy and windy, we experienced the tail end of the tropical storm that had pounded New York throughout the night.

We spent the day chasing two 12-meter racing yachts around the race course, both S&S designs. Northern Light, (design #239, classic 12-meter, built in 1938) and America II (design #2500, modern 12-meter built in 1984). Northern Light is the boat with the tan sails above and America II is the boat with MOET written on the main sail.

By the time we got down to the leeward mark at the bridge we were seeing gusts of 30 knots. It never ceases to amaze me how much punishment these old classic yachts can take. After rounding the mark we tacked away from the 12s and experienced a terrible override on a primary winch. This locked the sheet with the genoa at centerline or a bit to windward and there was not a lot we could do. The helm was unresponsive and the boat was well heeled with water up over the side deck. A crew member finally cut the sheet and the sail tacked and the boat came back on her feet and off we went.

Blackwatch Chasing Northern Light

Here we are back at the dock after racing.

Design 105 - 36' Sport Fish

Here's one of those gems we continue to find in the files. Little is known about this boat but it's a nice looking yacht. Here's the general arrangement.

I like the little cockpit/jump seat forward of the deckhouse.

LOA 36'-0"
LWL 33'-3"
Beam 7'-6"