Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Design 1557 - Spirit Class

This lovely little flush deck racing yacht was designed for racing on San Fransisco Bay. She was designed as a prototype for a potential one-design class of boats. She was built of wood by American Marine Ltd of Hong Kong and launched in 1965.

Here is the general arrangement plan.

It looks like a great boat. I like the cockpit so far forward (and generous) and the sliding hatches into the accommodation space and into the lazarette.

Here's an article with some additional details. Double click for bigger view.

A number of these boats were built around the world. As a further development, plans were created for a cruising version with a small deckhouse, nicknamed Orpheus. Plans as follows.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 33'-5"
LWL 28'-6"
Beam 8'-5"
Draft 6'-3"
Displacement 12,320 lbs
Sail Area 613 sq ft


  1. Do you know who the draftsman was on the construction plan for this boat?

  2. There's a Spirit 33 deckhouse version for sale in New Zealand - - what do you think Bruce ?? Do you know this boat?