Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dyna - Design 1177

This famous yawl was built by the Burger Boat Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She was constructed of aluminum and launched in 1957. A sistership names Area was built right on her heels. The stepped deckhouse became a trademark of S&S aesthetics for many designs. It's a great way to break up the monotony of a very long house.

And the plans.

Here's an article from Yachting magazine from 1957. Double click for bigger view.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 57'-5"
LWL 40'-0"
Beam 13'-6"
Draft 5'-7"
Displacement 48,100 lbs
Ballast 18,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,604 sq ft

Rosenfeld Image Courtesy Mystic Seaport

1 comment:

  1. Of course, Dyna is perhaps most famous for having lost her rudder in, I believe, the Transatlantic race in the late fifties. There was a prominent article about it in Yachting, back when Yachting was a great magazine before its slide into irrelevance. "One Thousand Miles Without A Rudder.". As I recall, the crew experimented with sail trim (they were running downwind) and worked on building a steering oar out of the saloon table. Reading about their seamanship and dedication to the task, the boat, and each other fired me up as only a small boy can be fired up. And it was made even better by their being from our home water, Lake Michigan.

    Those were the days when boats were boats and men were men and it was the normal state of things. Today people operate floating condos that have televisions and microwave ovens and when the bilgewater is around their ankles they reach not for a bucket, but for a radio transmitter.

    It's a different world.

    Paul J. Nolan