Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Design 1939 - Bay Bea

I apologize that we don't have any better images of this yacht. Sometimes I'm just thankful we have any at all. This aluminum sloop was built by Palmer Johnson Yachts and launched in 1968. She is the second yacht designed for this client.

Her design reflects the trends of the time: short keel, trim tab, separate rudder and weight concentrated low and amidships. The interior is very spartan but well suited for long distance racing.

Here are the plans.

Two boats were built to this design. The other was completely flush decked and required 2" of additional freeboard to achieve the required headroom. Here's the sister, Aura.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 49'-2"
LWL 35'-0"
Beam 12'-0"
Draft 7'-4"
Displacement 32,800 lbs
Ballast 17,500 lbs
Sail Area 1,091 sq ft


  1. We have been alerted to this blog and would like to repond with some current information. The Bonneville School of Sailing and Seamanship in Provo, Utah (yes Utah) is now the home of the amazing SORC (IOR) ocean racing yacht Bay Bea.
    We have also been in contact with the crew of Aura, who has completed an impressive circumnavigation back to Holland. Scaramouche in Vancouver, has also been a great source for information about these great S&S boats. To gather information on Bay Bea, we put out the word on SA and got some interesting responses:
    We continue to look for anyone who has photos, who has crewed, or would like to be involved in Bay Bea's restoration to contact Bonneville School of Sailing, at 801-404-0098

    1. Hi there. I am hoping we can get in touch, my fiancé and I just purchased Bay Bea in Kingston, ON Canada and are interested in restoring her. Thank you.