Friday, March 25, 2011

Design 1780 - Firebrand (and others)

Images Courtesy Beken of Cowes

This is a very typical R.O.R.C. racing yacht, named Firebrand. A bunch of these boats were built by various builders. This is right at the point in time when separate rudders were coming into fashion so the boats built to this design were from modified plans with separate rudder. Other modification were made to differentiate the boats, mostly with changes to the deckhouse geometry.

Here are the plans to Firebrand.

And here's a general arrangement for one of the others, with the separate rudder (and modified deckhouse, reverse transom, etc).

Principal Dimensions
LOA 43'-3"
LWL 30'-0"
Beam 11'-3"
Draft 6'-4"
Displacement 22,400 lbs
Ballast 11,000 lbs
Sail Area 725 sq ft


  1. Do you know where Firebrand is at this time?

    1. Aldeburgh Boatyard

    2. Her home port is now Hamble. She is on Facebook as Firebrand Hamble.

      She has a new rig, which she loves, and is back doing what she does bet - winning races.

  2. Firebrand fully restored & active in the UK, owned by renowned yacht designer Ed Dubois. This design No.1780 was one of Olin's favourites and featured in his "Lines" book. Also four sister-ships :

    1780.1 "Santanita" - built in Auckland and still there in very good condition

    1780.2 unknown ?????

    1780.3 "Revocet" (ex Revery, ex Papillon, ex Cotton Blossom V) - built in Auckland by Salthouse for Peter Spencer. Olin Stephens and Ed Dubois inspected her together in Auckland during the 2003 Americas Cup. Now moored in Picton, NZ in very good original condition, currently being refitted.

    1780.4 "Lygaia" - built for Finland's Herlin family, apparently in very good condition and still actively sailed by them.

    1. It's currently moored on the Beaulieu River

  3. 1780-C4 built in british columbia canada in late 60's name on build was wrangel. she was last seen in hawaii in early 70's. where is she today

  4. Firebrand recently sold