Monday, February 7, 2011

Design 1710 - Gaia Class

Gaia Class Hull #33 - Sarnia

The Swan 36 is very well known in sailing circles and bears the same design number as this class of boats. This Gaia Class was built by the famous Italian builder Benello. 19 boats were built to this design by Benello. Their production run began 2 years prior to the Swan 36 run that started in 1965.

Additional boats were also built to this design with slight variations, such as the Sigma 36 Class (built by Cheoy Lee), the one-off Cybele, Rumbuster and many more in both wood and fiberglass. In all I believe 60 boats were built to this design with slight variations, without counting the Swan 36s. All were based on a previous design Hestia, design #1478, a very successful RORC-rule racing yacht.

The Benello boats had a distinctive raised portion of the deckhouse aft, which is absent in the Swan model. Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 36'-0"
LWL 25'-6"
Beam 9'-8"
Draft 6'-0"
Displacement 15,400 lbs

Gaia Class Hull #2 - Asteria

One-Off Cybele in Wood
Built by Molich of Denmark


  1. 1710 Nefertiti(in Finnish):

  2. 20, 2011 at 2:52 AM

    The builder is Poul Molich, Hundested,
    In Denmark, NOT in The Nederlands (Holand)

  3. I was wondering if you had any more information about the picture that you have at the top of this article. If so I would greatly appreciate it if you could contact me at steven @ . My grandfather used to own her.

  4. You write that you think 60 were built to the 1710 design. Do you know how many were built by each builder? I have an S&S Sigma 36 built by Cheoy Lee to design 1710-C24. I know of one other in the US, but would be interesting to know if there are others still in service.
    Thank you

  5. Vator Oy in Helsinki, Finland built two wooden ones, one called Palomita/Nefertiti, the other was sold to Germany.
    Pics in Nefertiti's fb page.
    Eino Antinoja build one wooden one, Huhmari, in Finland.
    There are some mentioned in the Rod's memo, link below. Yacht mentioned in the memo for Claes Turitz was named Ian XIV, now Maja IV.