Monday, January 31, 2011

Design 1449 - Sea Star


This big motorsailer of 90' length overall was built by the Burger Boat Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin and launched in 1959. She is constructed of welded steel with teak decks and deckhouse.

Here are a few deck shots.


What can I say about the cheesy bikini clad model? They're the images we have on file.

Here are the plans.


The large cockpit was converted to an all-weather wheelhouse in 1966.

And some interior images.


The last I saw of this boat she was in Miami in very rough shape and with a broken main mast. I spoke with a gentleman since who is a boatbuilder from Holland. He told me he had purchased her and had her shipped to his yard in Holland for a complete restoration.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 90'-0"
LWL 65'-0"
Beam 21'-0"
Draft 6'-8"
Displacement 185,000 lbs

12 comments:

  1. Sad to hear that she is in disrepair. I crewed on Sea Star in the early '80's as a charter boat in the Carribean. One of our charters was Bianca Jagger and her french boyfriend. At the island of Mustique we hosted meals for some very famous people, serving dishes like "breast of quail on cruton". Good times.

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  2. While similar in look, I though that the Sea Star was 122'loa
    and was cruising the Caribbean from 1970 to 74 and was in Europe thereafter. From what I know she was sold to a Greek ship owner, never to be seen in the Caribbean again.

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  3. I sailed trans Atlantic on her from Portsmouth, RI to San Remo, Italy I believe it was 1988. We blew out a starboard porthole among other interesting "hiccups" along the journey. The owner at the time I was onboard was George Harrison's business partner of Handmade Films.

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  4. The 122 Sea Star was an S&S design built for Laurence Rockefeller, I saw her in Gibraltar in 1973.

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  5. The lady is now in little better shape her actual Captain the Canadian Joe Roussel have the job to bring her to a top shape

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  6. Sea Star has been on an ongoing refit for the past 4 years. She should be sailing once again in the spring of 2015 and will look like a new boat. Im looking forward to posting those photos.

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  7. This S&S "Sea Star" was built in 1959 for the SA Camp Companies out of Bakersfield, California.
    Sold in 1965-66, when SA Camp Companies purchased the "Santa Maria" (109', Feadship) from Henry Ford II and renamed it "Sea Star II".

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  8. Sea star. As a sailor into tradition gaff schoonews I was leary of a "motorsailor" until I went out on the Sea Star. She was at Burrs Yaght Haven in CT then. Fantastic under sail. Nelson and Lawrence were on board. I did not ask but I always thought that Nelson owned her. Glad to hear of the refit.

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  9. Sea star. As a sailor into tradition gaff schoonews I was leary of a "motorsailor" until I went out on the Sea Star. She was at Burrs Yaght Haven in CT then. Fantastic under sail. Nelson and Lawrence were on board. I did not ask but I always thought that Nelson owned her. Glad to hear of the refit.

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  10. I sailed as engineer on Sea Star in the Med in 1972 under Captain Ybe van de Bosche. It was a beautiful ketch: immaculately kempt. It had twin two-stroke Turbo GMs and an Onan generator. The charters were booked through Ingress Lines, New York. The yacht was sold off by Ingress Lines at the end of the season to a British Quaker Association, who planned to sail it through the canals and rivers of the USA. Until I saw this web page I had not heard of the yacht since. Nice to see it again :-) I recognized the photos were taken from the Ingress Lines’ brochure.

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  11. I believe Sea Star is being confused with Rockefeller's 'Sea Joy' designed by Philip Rhodes(Goudy/Stevens 1970)which is currently owned by a Greek shipowner and maintained to Bristol condition. I am fortunate to spend some time on her and will again this summer!

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  12. I crewed on Sea Star in 1972, with Ybe as Captain. Started in Antigua and left her in South of France at the end of the season. Ybe's wife Maria was the chef and her food was delicious, in 6 months of being on board, we never sailed without the engines ticking over, even coming across the Atlantic!!

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