Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sparkman & Stephens Newsletter

Click here to access our latest newsletter.

Keldi - Modified Burger Motoryacht


This design is a result of a client who wanted to design and build a custom motoryacht of around 90'. After completing a preliminary design package the boat was bid at a number of shipyards. When the resultant pricing came in the client decided that the cost of the new build was beyond his budget. Here is a profile rendering of that design.

We then focused on finding, obtaining and modifying an existing Burger motoryacht. The result is motoryacht Keldi. The boat was widened aft by cutting the frames and associated plating at the chine and by shimming the frames out. The boat was also lengthened and repowered. Modifications were made to the general arrangement and a couple of transom garages were added for jet skis. Here's an image that shows the transom garages. If you look carefully you can see the widened hull. Note the side decks growing from about amidships outside of the bulwarks.


Here's the general arrangement plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 91'-2"
Beam 18'-6"
Draft 6'-2"
Engines 2 x Detroit 12V-92TA DDEC 1,100hp each
Top Speed 22 knots

40-Meter Sailing Yacht Preliminary Design


This particular design is a direct result of a customer inspecting the 52-meter ketch Nazenin V. The design brief is obviously different: no raised pilothouse but a flybridge. The interior layout is completely open from the dining area to the aft salon bulkhead, more like a loft apartment. In addition the client requested a large number of cabins, five, as he has a large family who all like to sail. As a result the crew is fairly minimal for a yacht of this size.

Here's the general arrangement plan.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Drake H. Sparkman, III


I was saddened yesterday to read about the tragic death of Drake Sparkman, III last Friday. I had no idea he was ill. Drake's connection to Sparkman & Stephens is not just that he was the grandson of one of the founders of our company, he was a good friend of Sparkman & Stephens and his involvement with sailing was commendable.

I served with Drake on the Board of Trustees of the Landing School for a time. I dropped off of the Board after 10 years due to time constraints but Drake kept at it for many years. This past January I did participate in a Landing School "Summit" where faculty, Trustees and industry participants spent a weekend discussing and exploring where the school wished to be in 2020. Drake was his usual self, adding a lot to the discussion.

I was also involved with another project that was close to Drake, the Sail4Kids fund raiser at American Yacht Club to benefit the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Westchester. Drake was a driving force.

Our condolences go out to Drake's family. He will be missed. He was not only a personable gentleman, but one who gave a lot back to his community.

Criollo - Design 792


A blog follower asked us to share some images of Criollo, our design #792. So here you go. The above image is the only image I can seem to find of this pretty yawl. The boat was built by Remigio Hernandorena in his own shipyard near Havana, Cuba in 1947. I believe this fellow owned another Sparkman & Stephens design named Ciclon which he successfully campaigned on the ocean racing circuit.

Here are the plans.


Principle Dimensions
LOA 67'-1"
LWL 45'-6"
Beam 14'-0"
Draft 7'-9" (Centerboard Up)