Friday, December 17, 2010

Design 638 - Holiday


Here's an unusual design, especially the broken sheer. This in conjunction with a fairly large pilothouse on a 42' yacht. She was launched in 1946.

Here's an article from Yachting Magazine about the boat.


And the general arrangement plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 42'-2"
LWL 32'-0"
Beam 11'-5"
Draft 6'-0"
Displacement 26,450 lbs

Building Entrance - Design 2757


Here's one of the "special projects" that is typical for us. Above you will see an image of a fairly nondescript building which is located on the water in Greenwich, Connecticut. We were asked by the owner to create an entrance with a nautical theme.

Here's what was selected from a number of proposals we submitted.


There will be sliding doors to the small terrace from the executive offices on the second floor. The terrace overlooks the harbor.

Preliminary Design - 60' Ketch


Here's a sneak peak at a new preliminary design. She's a ketch of 60' length overall.

So Fong - Design 143


Of the very small number of schooners (I count ten) designed by Sparkman & Stephens, So Fong is a standout. I found the following history in our files.

The Beginning
So Fong is a topsail schooner built by Ah King Slipway Company of Hong Kong for Alfred Thornton Baker, a New York stockbroker who had commissioned the boat for the purpose of sailing around the world with his son. In the early 40s Baker sailed the boat to the U.S. via the East Indies, Suez, Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Following this voyage he sold the boat.

The name So Fong was given to the boat at the time of her launch as Chinese superstition would not allow a yacht to be put into the water until a name was given. In that the owner had not yet decided on a name for the boat she was launched as So Fong, the nickname for the owner of Ah King’s daughter. The name has remained throughout the fascinating history of this beautiful and exotic Schooner.

The Construction
Ah King Slipway Company built quite a few S&S designs. In fact, So Fong is a slightly bigger version of the famous Mystic Seaport Schooner Brilliant. The builder used ironwood for the keelson and floors, her hull is of the finest Asian teak, her upper sawn frames are teak and yakki (a springy Asian wood), and her deck beams are camphor and teak. The masts and rig were built in the United States and shipped to Hong Kong as were the blocks, which are lignum vitae with bronze or iron straps.

The War Years
During the Second World War, So Fong operated as a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, with a seven man crew. After the war So Fong spent time in the Caribbean and Main under the ownership of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Becton who raced the boat (very competitively) for many years on the East Coast of the United States.

Eventually, So Fong returned to Asia when she was bought by Bill Mathers who sadly used the boat as a salvage and diving vessel in the Far East until 1986 when the boat was siezed by Vietnamese militia off the coast of Vietnam. The boat was confiscated, the crew and captain were detained and questioned. Apparently the high tech navigation and diving equipment provoked suspicion that So Fong was being used as a spy vessel. After four months the crew were released and given a fine. Mathers was allowed to move back on board and was told that all charges against him would be dropped if he agreed to become a double agent. Nine months later he was freed after considerable intervention of the then United Nations Secretary General, Javier Perez de Cuellar. Unfortunately, So Fong was not so lucky and remained a trophy of the Vietnamese (in poor condition) until 1990.

Rescue Mission
In 1990, Robert Verschoyle, an Irish yachtsman was in Hai Phong, Vietnam, investigating a potential boatyard site for himself and his partner to start a new business, when he discovered So Fong. After much red tape he managed to negotiate her purchase from the Vietnamese government and sailed the boat to Saigon where So Fong was lovingly refit under his careful watch.

Increasingly irritated by the bureaucracy to allow the boat to leave Vietnamese waters, Robert and his Vietnamese wife managed to escape in the boat and sailed her to the Mediterranean.


A New Beginning
So Fong was acquired by a Canadian who fell in love with the boat after chartering her for a brief period in the spring of 2000. As a sailing and classic yacht enthusiasts he decided to return So Fong to her original glory and have embarked on an intensive refit which was completed in 2001. Today she is in pristine condition.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 70'-3"
LWL 54'-0"
Beam 16'-1"
Draft 9'-9"

Walsted 42 - Design 2441


This semi production offshore yacht was designed in conjunction with the venerable Walsted Baadevaert Shipyard of Thuro, Denmark. We can't say enough about this yard. They are just great boatbuilders. Conversant in wood, fiberglass and aluminum construction, the Walsted 42 was developed in fiberglass so a common hull and deck mold could be used.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 42'-0"
LWL 32'-10"
Beam 12'-2"
Draft 7'-1"

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Palawans

Sparkman & Stephens has had a number of repeat clients throughout our history. Probably the most prolific was Thomas J. Watson, of IBM. From 1952 until 1980 we were engaged to design 5 yachts for Mr. Watson. Here is an overview.

Palawan I - Design 991, LOA 47'-3"


Palawan II - Design 1292, LOA 54'-6"


Palawan III - Design 1821, LOA 57'-11"


Palawan IV - Design 1996, LOA 67'-5"


Palawan V - Design 2373, LOA 50'-0"


We will expound on these designs in future postings.

Design 301 - Vendaval


This 65' yawl was built in Rio de Janeiro by one Jose Candido Pimentel Duarte. The year was 1939. She was designed as an ocean racing yacht.

Here's an extremely detailed drawing.

And the sail plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 64'-7"
LWL 46'-0"
Beam 14'-4"
Draft 8'6"

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

More about Concordia 52 - Design 2515


As a follow up to our posting of Monday regarding the Concordia 52, here's another nice image we received from her owner.

Design 2437 - Golden Eagle

This nice looking 52' IMS racer/cruiser was built by Eric Goetz of Bristol, Rhode Island and launched in 1983. She is built of wood using cold molded Epoxy construction. She's got a nice bird's eye maple interior.

Here are the plans.

Principle Dimensions
LOA 52'-0"
LWL 42'-0"
Beam 15'-6"
Draft 9'-2"

Design 1114 - Motoryacht Njorth

This 53' motoryacht was built but Herman Lund of Erie, Pennsylvania in 1954. She's built of wood with twin GM 6-cylinder diesels generating 216hp each for a top speed of 20 knots.

Here's the layout.

And here's a nice article from Yachting Magazine about the boat. Double click for bigger view.

The office manager from our Fort Lauderdale office happened to catch sight of her in a local marina and took these images of her as she is today.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 52'-10'
LWL 49'-2"
Beam 13'-8"
Draft 3'-6"

Sea Trials - Design 2758


Yesterday we were up in Brooklin, Maine doing initial sea trials on our design 2758, the 25' center console built by Brooklin Boat Yard. Granted it's not painted, no cushions and so forth but we just wanted to test drive her before winter sets in.


With 4 pretty big guys onboard we achieved 26.5 knots. Here she is running at around 16 knots. Double click for better view.


You can see the underbody and running gear in this image once we hauled her.


To the paint shop!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Design 1642 - Patricia II


I sure wish we could find a better image of this nice design as I suspect this boat looks even better in the flesh than it does in these interesting drawings. This boat was built and launched in 1963 by the famous Italian shipyard Cantiere Sangermani. I count 17 boats that were built by Sangermani to our designs over the years.


As you can see from the general arrangement shown above, the boat has a generous raised salon yet a very sleek profile.

Here's the sail plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 71'-5"
LWL 50'-0"
Beam 15'-5"
Draft 9'-5"
Displacement 95,974 lbs

Concordia 52 - Design 2515


We were pleased to have received these images from the new owner of a Concordia 52 center cockpit, design #2515. The boat was constructed by Concordia Custom Yachts in 1988.


The following is an excerpt from our Designer's Comments regarding the design brief: "First, the boat should be a top performer under the IMS Rating Rule. The boat should be aesthetically pleasing with a timeless, classic appeal. Second, she should be a superior sea boat with major offshore racing and serious blue water cruising capability. Finally, in order to take advantage of Concordia's custom yacht building ability, we are to develop a series of suggested interior layouts and deck configurations".


Note the boat in the images is a center cockpit version.


Here is the general arrangement plan for the center cockpit boat.


And here is a profile, inboard profile and 2 general arrangement options for the aft cockpit version showing 2 different keel configurations. The middle arrangement looks to be an alternate for a center cockpit.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 52'-4"
LWL 42'-0"
Beam 15'-5"
Draft 7'-0" or 10'-0" depending on keel configuration
Displacement 38,000 lbs
Ballast 18,500 lbs
Sail Area 1,310 sq ft
D/L 229
SA/D 18.54