Saturday, March 19, 2011

Design 1908 - Sandpiper

One of 17 boats built by Sangermani of Italy to our design over the years Sandpiper is as nicely built as the rest of them. (You can find other Sangermani boats within these pages). She was designed strictly as a roomy cruising yacht. Please note the navigator's "stateroom" aft of the nav area. And as was very common for boats being shipped to America, the lifting bridle to make putting her on a ship an easy job. She was launched in 1968 and destined for California.

Sandpiper is constructed of iroko framing and backbone and mahogany planking. Fasteners are of silicon bronze.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 50'-6"
LWL 34'-6"
Beam 12'-0"
Draft 7'-3"
Displacement 29,250 lbs
Ballast 13,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,040 sq ft


  1. I don't believe I've seen a prettier boat, ever. A tad skinny aft for power reaching, but it sure makes for a pretty plan view.

  2. Yes, a pretty boat and the deckhouse ending aft of the mast contributes to her beauty. But the keel, in my opinion, is too small. Olin, whom I regard as the best naval architect of the twentieth century, was always concerned about minimizing wetted surface, and properly so. But in the late sixties he went into what I always think of as his "tiny keel" period where it was perhaps overdone. A sailboat operates on the interface between two fluids and I like a keel (and rudder) deep enough and long enough to get a real grip on the water. In light air I'd rely on a big rig and a smooth bottom for speed and pay the price in wetted surface. I couldn't help but notice that in designing the famous Loki, which Gifford Pinchott specified would be a cruising boat and an engineless one at that, Olin drew a long, deep keel.

    Similarly, the distortion in her stern sections just hurts my eyes too much to look. Another case of the search for speed under a rating rule leading to unhappy characteristics. No doubt this is the cause of the unfortunate turbulence inder her counter visable in the photo.

    Paul J. Nolan

  3. This boat, now named Rose Wilder, looks a lot like a Morris 52 (also an S&S design) but is lighter, although a ton more ballast, and 2' skinnier. She draws 7'3"compared to 6'8" for the M52. Probably not too little keel, and the skeg hung rudder is pretty good sized too, IMO.

    If she's not the prettiest sailboat ever, gotta be near the top!

    Rodger Cosgrove
    Owner, SV Rose Wilder