Friday, January 28, 2011

Design 1720 - Shields Class

The Shields Class was the brainchild of Cornelius "Corny" Shields, an experienced sailor and avid fan of one-design racing. She is very reminiscent of a 6-meter. Hull number 1 was launched in 1962. The boats have been built by two builders: Cape Cod Shipbuilding (still producing boats to this design) and Chris Craft. We don't know the exact number boats built to this design but we think it numbers around 280. There are numerous extremely active fleets around America.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 30'-3"
LWL 20'-0"
Beam 6'-5"
Draft 4'-9"
Displacement 4,600 lbs

1 comment:

  1. Hello,

    I own Shields #56. I'm interested to see that the original sail plan shows jumper struts! I've never seen them on current boats.
    Hinckley built a number of Shields at one point also.
    I spoke to Olin Stephens at an IBEX conference a few years ago about the Shields and he indicated the design owed more to the 5.5 meter class than the 6. The keel location and profile reflected the trend in the Olympic 5.5 class at the time and Olin said he wasn't as pleased with the resulting handling as he would have liked.

    Thanks for this blog. It's a treasure trove of information.