Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Design 1150 - Venturer

This big beauty was built by the Henry Hinckley & Co. yard of Maine, and launched in 1956. The only image of the complete boat we have on hand is this newspaper clipping shown above. We have quite a few of her under construction such as the one below.

There have been numerous ownership changes over the years: ex-Venturer, ex-Northern Light, ex-Audacious and finally Windigo II. She is often described as a gold-plater.

Note the lack of jumpers in her sail plan. This is due to the aluminum main mast (built by Bath Iron Works) - all other spars are wood. Also note the big coffee grinders amidships in the image at the top.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 73'-3"
LWL 52'-6"
Beam 15'-5"
Draft 9'-6"
Displacement 94,000 lbs
Ballast 31,964 lbs (outside) 1,200 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 2,487 sq ft


  1. I'm searching for APLA 1150, and only got a hit on this article. Can you post some information about ALPA 1150, LOA: 11.64M.

    Regards /Joakim

  2. Joakim,
    Alpa 1150 is not an S&S design. The 1150 was designed by John H. Illingworth. It is a design that is often (incorrectly) attributed to Sparkman & Stephens.

  3. Hi Bruce! Sorry for late feedback, but thank's anyway. Did John work for S&S at this time, or how comes that it's (incorrectly) attributed to S&S?

  4. The newspaper photograph above of a cutter is not Venturer, which was a dark blue yawl as illustrated in the drawings. The photograph for #2055 is her. Lee Loomis bought her and renamed her Northern Light. I worked for him aboard her for one summer season and raced on her in the 1962 Bermuda Race, first boat to finish. Her size was the largest allowed to enter that race at that time, the same as the two famous yawls, Baruna and Bolero.

    Peter Parsons

  5. The picture above is Design 1150; she was named AUDACIOUS (x-VENTURER) during the 1960s and sailed by Al Cassel out of California. She was painted white at that time, and Cassel removed the mizzen mast. You are correct that one image under Design 2055 with sail # 354 is VENTURER.