Saturday, December 31, 2011

Design 1192 - Windalier

Here is the first Windalier to be designed and built for Colonel Edwin Singer of the Pontiac Refining Corporation of Corpus Christi, Texas. Singer was born in New York but moved to Texas and began building refineries which he ultimately sold. He was hugely successful in many aspects of his life. He was a philanthropist and is credited with shaping Corpus Christi into the modern city it is today.

Although there are many, a typical example of Singer's involvement with Corpus Christi is as follows: in the early 1960s he purchased a significant block of land along the bayfront. He then donated the property to the city. Today it is the site of the Museum of Science and History, the Art Museum of South Texas, the Watergarden and the Harbor Playhouse. His involvement didn't stop there. He lead the fund raising for the Art Museum. Further he then persuaded the architect Philip Johnson to design the Art Museum.

Watergarden and Art Museum, Corpus Christi
Philip Johnson

Singer was also a founding member and Commodore of the Corpus Christi Yacht Club.

Back to his boat. As I said this was his first Windalier. She was constructed of wood by the Abeking & Rasmussen yard of Lemwerder, Germany and launched in 1956. A larger boat would follow in 1962, design #1615, also named Windalier.

Here is the general arrangement plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 43'-6"
LWL 29'-6"
Beam 11'-9"
Draft 4'-3"
Displacement 22,400 lbs
Sail Area 847 sq ft

Friday, December 30, 2011

Design 2081 - Shohola

This well proportioned motorsailer was constructed of welded aluminum by the Paul E. Luke yard of East Boothbay, Maine. She was launched in 1972. Here's an article about the boat with comments from both the design office and her owner. Please double click for zoom.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 58'-8"
LWL 43'-6"
Beam 15'-6"
Draft 5'-9" (board up)
Displacement 63,000 lbs
Ballast 18,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,446 sq ft

Design 2695 - 24' Daysailer

Here's an interesting little design study that we undertook back in 2002. In the design of this simple daysailer we have taken a proven hull shape, design #1497 - the Dolphin 24, and greatly simplified it. A summary of modifications is as follows:
Eliminate deckhouse
Eliminate interior - simple storage below foredeck
Lower sheer by 50mm from original lines plan as we have no headroom requirement
Modify stern overhang slightly for aesthetically reasons

Other details:
Simple cockpit with bench seats surrounded by a varnished coaming board on edge
Wooden toe rail
Tiller steering
Diesel auxiliary - conventional shafting
Aluminum spar
All halyards led below deck
Dacron sails

The logic behind the exercise was to produce an inexpensive daysailer by significantly reducing the cost of design fees in addition to simplifying the boat to make her affordable.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 24'-0"
LWL 19'-0"
Beam 7'-8"
Draft 2'-10" (board up) 5'-2" (board down)
Displacement 3,600 lbs
Ballast 1,310 lbs
Sail Area 297 sq ft

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Design 2157 - Morning Cloud III

Here is the third Morning Cloud for Sir Edward Heath. She was designed for Admiral's Cup competition, built of wood by the yard of Clare Lallow of Cowes, England. She was launched in 1972. The boat deserves considerable discussion as she was lost at sea during what started out as a pretty straightforward delivery. Heath was not aboard at the time.

Here are a couple of newspaper clippings about the event. Please double click for zoom.

The best summary of the loss of Morning Cloud can be found in the very good book, Heavy Weather Sailing by Adlard Coles. Here's a reprint of appendix 6. This is posted here without permission, so thank you to the author. Again, please double click for zoom.

Here are the plans.

Here's a dramatic sketch that was published in Seahorse magazine as part of an article about the incident.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 44'-9"
LWL 34'-1"
Beam 13'-6"
Draft 7'-1"
Displacement 27,107 lbs
Ballast 14,940 lbs
Sail Area 856 sq ft

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Design 367 - Sailing Dinghy

This little catboat was designed and built for Avard E. Fuller. The year was 1940. We have no record of who built her. Fuller was a very good client of the firm, with seven boats designed over a span of 26 years (1935-1965). Here's a summary and links to his other boats:

Design #280, Cirrus - 33'-6" sloop, 1939
Design #341, 18'-0" runabout, 1940
Design #381, Gesture - 57'-4" sloop
Design #622, Eroica - 48'-9" yawl, 1945
Design #1534, Diogones - 50'-3" ketch, 1959
Design #1819, Pieces of Eight - 47'-7" power

Here are a couple of construction sections. Note for both of the plans shown the draftsman was Roderick Stephens, Jr.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 7'-10"
LWL 7'-6"
Beam 4'-0"
Draft 10" (board up)
Sail Area 48 sq ft

More About Santana - Design 59

A blog reader asked us about design #59, the schooner Santana: "When was the rig changed to a staysail schooner?"

Here's a brief chronology:

Santana in fact began her life as a staysail schooner, launched in 1935 by the Wilmington Boat Works. In 1942 she was converted to a yawl rig (as seen above) but her main mast was not increased in height and as a result she was sorely under-canvassed. She was configured as a yawl during the time her most famous owner, Humphrey Bogart, owned her.

After numerous owners (I count 11), she was on the market for the 12th time when sadly, in 1977 she sank at the dock in San Fransisco. She was purchased by Paul Kaplan, owner of a San Fransisco Bay boatyard, and underwent a complete refit. It was at this time she was converted back into a staysail schooner, after 35 years as a yawl. Kaplan still owns the boat and she is in perfect condition.

Interestingly the old mizzen mast now serves as a flagpole at Kaplan's home. Here it is.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Design 231 - Michel II

The 6-meter Michel II was designed for the engineer, Dr. Hans "Polly" Collignon of Berlin. She was constructed of wood by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany and launched in 1938. Her placement within the group of Sparkman & Stephens pre-war 6-meters is of interest as she was designed between the 6-meters Lulu and Fun, designs #179 and #180 and Djinn and Goose, designs #238 and #243, respectively.

The boat originally made her home on Lake Constance (also known as Bodensee) where she resides to this day to the best of my knowledge. Her sail number is G37.

Here is the construction plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 36'-11"
LWL 23'-4"
Beam 6'-0"
Draft 5'-0"
Sail Area 469 sq ft

Mystery Model Solved

We just happened to receive a comment about design #832, sailing yacht Chance, over the weekend. The current owner has posted some images to his MobileMe Gallery. In reviewing the design this morning it dawned on me that this is possibly the design of the model in question that we posted yesterday. Looking at the general arrangement and sail plans I note the following (matching) details, aside from the obvious:
1. House geometry and number of portlights match
2. Companionway off center to starboard
3. Aft portlight after edge aligned with companionway hatch garage
4. The next portlight forward of it centered on aft end of amidships hatch
5. Extremely tall binnacle at forward end of cockpit
6. Strange hatch at after end of cockpit coaming - very small and tall
7. Keel geometry
8. Rudder geometry
9. Propeller aperture geometry
10. Date of launch is 1949, which works with the model date of 1954.

I believe the mystery is solved. Thanks to the owner of Chance for coincidentally sending us this link.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Mystery Model

We've had this unusual model with full sail plan sitting in a closet for years. Our model maker friend, Norman Angus, just did a major cleanup for us. It was decided not to do a full restoration such as to repair the dings in the toe rail as we were concerned it would actually hurt the value. Now we just have to figure out what boat it is. The only notation on the back is by who I assume is the model builder: Don Peterson, Larchmont (New York) 1954.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Design 124 - Rainey

This design takes us back to 1936. To my eye she is very reminiscent of Babe, design #97, built the previous year. But she is six feet longer. The boat was constructed of wood by the Kretzer Boat Works of City Island, New York. It is interesting to note her original owner was one William Appleton and I wonder if he was the father of Joseph Wheeler Appleton, who we have discussed previously in these pages.

Here is the general arrangement plan. Please note the very talented draftsman who produced these two plans was Roderick Stephens, Jr. He would have been 27 year old at the time.

One final note. The boat originally made her home in Port Washington, New York. The last record we have of her is from 1972. She was renamed Hustler and her home port was West Barrington, Rhode Island. I will be curious to know if anyone has seen her.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 36'-9"
LWL 30'-0"
Beam 9'-10"
Draft 5'-0"
Sail Area 715 sq ft

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays

More on Comanche 42 - Design 1867

I was digging through the files and found this great sailing image. On the back someone had clearly written Swan 41. Hmm. I don't think so. I understand why it was misfiled. It's a little hard to miss that Chris Craft logo on the mainsail or those distinctive windows. The boat is in fact a Chris Craft Comanche 42, design #1867.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Design 1986-C1 - Atrevido

Here is Atrevido. She is a modified version of Niagara, a boat designed for Canada's Cup racing. Her aluminum hull, deck and structure were built by Robert E. Derecktor of Mamaroneck, New York. She was then shipped to Argentina for completion (yard unknown). The year was 1969.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 42'-5"
LWL 31'-0"
Beam 11'-5"
Draft 6'-6"

More About 1985 - Prospect of Whitby (II)

We have received a couple of emails plus comments from blog readers related to the image that was shown on the PJ40 brochure versus Prospect of Whitby II. Here's a detailed shot of Prospect's cockpit. I have admit that image on the PJ brochure is pretty clearly her, especially when one focuses on the details such as handrails, winch location, traveler and deck prisms. It just seems very strange they would use this image and not an image of a Swan 40, very strange indeed.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Design 1985 - Prospect of Whitby (II)

Earlier this week we posted an article about the Palmer Johnson 40, design #2025. A blog reader asked: "Is the boat with sail number 130 on the PJ advertising Prospect of Whitby II? Are her lines the same as those of the PJ/Swan 40?" The simple answer is no. Prospect of Whitby II is shown here. She was built of steel by Frans Maas of Holland and launched in 1968. She was designed for Admiral's Cup racing.

Here are the plans.

And an article about her.

I must admit though I am scratching my head about that PJ40 image we showed with the sail number of 130. Here's Prospect I (design #1781) and II sailing together, each with a sail number of 130. I just don't have an explanation.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 42'-7"
LWL 32'-8"
Beam 12'-2"
Draft 7'-1"
Displacement 24,635 lbs
Ballast 8,997 lbs
Sail Area 763 sq ft

Design 2386 - Ocean Cruising 48

This design was commissioned by Hank Hinckley in 1979 for what appears to be a new yacht building company in Bar Harbor, Maine called Ocean Cruising Yachts. I do not believe the company got off the ground or beyond this stage of promotion. Her Hinckley roots are evident.

Here's the rest of the brochure. Please double click for zoom.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 47'-7"
LWL 36'-0"
Beam 13'-9"
Draft 4'-10" (centerboard up) 9'-6" (centerboard down)
Displacement 29,375 lbs
Ballast 11,494 lbs
Sail Area 1,062 sq ft

Monday, December 19, 2011

Design 2346 - Beach Support Vehicle (BSV)

This amphibious vehicle looks like a proposal or conceptual package to me. The work was commissioned by Consolidated Diesel in 1978. It looks like a baby D.U.K.W, design #402 (or at least a distant relative). Looking at the plan list (see below) you can see the set of plans from 2346-A through 2346-Y were concept drawings of a variety of different configurations and and four "final plans" were generated. The bottom line is I don't thing any of these vehicles were ever built.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 38'-0"
LWL 35'-9"
Beam 11'-9"
Draft 1'-7"

Design 2025 - Palmer Johnson 40

We have already discussed the Swan 40 which bears the same design number #2025. So what is this boat versus the Swan (hint: it's the very same boat)? Here's how it came to be: In the late 1960s the boatbuilder, Palmer Johnson of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, established a brokerage division with representatives around the Unites States: New York, Chicago and Newport Beach, California, and a representative in Hants, England. Their strategy was to market a number of fiberglass sailboats under their name but built by various builders, primarily in Europe.

The PJ40 is just such a boat. The boats were in fact built by Nautor Swan and sold by PJ under their name. Eventually Nautor decided that it was no longer in their best interest to have their yachts sold through Palmer Johnson, and returned to the practice of exclusively selling the boats under their own name.

The material shown above is an advertisement form the period. The images below are from their sales literature.

Here's the general arrangement plan, identical to the Swan 40 but with the PJ name in the title block.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 39'-6"
LWL 28'-6"
Beam 10'-10"
Draft 6'-5"
Displacement 15,776 lbs
Ballast 9,200 lbs
Sail Area 706 sq ft

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Design 1100 - USS Bittern, Mine Hunter (MHC 43)

This coastal mine hunter was constructed of pre-fabricated red oak frames by the Consolidated Shipbuilding Company of City Island, New York. Her keel was laid in August of 1955 and she was launched in March of 1957. She was the last vessel of over 100' to be built on City Island as well as the last vessel to be built by Consolidated Shipbuilding before they shut down the following year. This is not to be confused with Consolidated Yachts which remains open and active today.

Propulsion was by twin General Motors diesels generating 600 hp each for a speed of 14 knots. She was manned by a crew of 44. Her armament consisted of a 40mm and two 20mm guns as well as two depth charge projectors.

Here's her outboard profile plan.

Here are some construction images.

Laminating Frames

She was decommissioned in 1965 and struck from the Navy list in 1972. The USS Bittern was used by Southern Maine Technical College as a training vessel for professional mariners, re-named “AQUALAB” and served from 1973 until 1996 when she was towed south for scrapping. Here is the last known photograph of her.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 144'-5"
LWL 138'-0"
Beam 28'-0"
Draft 8'-0"
Displacement 358 t