Thursday, March 24, 2011

Design 204 - Orient


This is another case where we don't possess any good images but nonetheless this boat is worth some study. The profile is very beautiful and I really like the geometry of the deckhouse and the aggressive windows.

Orient was built by the Wing-on-Shing Shipyard of Hong Kong and launched in 1938.

Here are the plans.


And an article from Yachting magazine.


It is not the original owner who brought so much fame to this yacht but her second owner, Tim Mosely of San Fransisco who would sail her to victory in major West Coast races, starting in 1955. Mosley was the father of the Barient Winch Company and he used Orient for a test bed. The boat still carries a set of Barient prototype winches. An interesting aside is that the owner of Baruna (design #222) was so interested in the winches that he ordered a set for his own boat and decided to go into business with Mosely. The name Barient is a combination of the names Baruna and Orient. How's that for yachting trivia?

Principal Dimensions
LOA 63'-5"
LWL 44'-0"
Beam 14'-1"
Draft 8'-7"
Displacement 54,000 lbs
Ballast 23,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,845 sq ft

12 comments:

  1. We just saw and photographed ORIENT in Santa Barbara, CA. She is beautiful and looks to be in Bristol condition.

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  2. She;s now on the hard in Ventura Harbor. Wow, what a beautiful thing she is.

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  3. Actually Tim Mosley was the third owner. The first was Edgar Moxham of Manhasset Bay. She was then owned by a man named Smiley in Detroit. Tim Mosley bought her in about 1954.

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  4. The building of the Orient is detailed in letters from Clifton Francis Haughey, sent by Sparkman and Stephens to oversee the project. They are in the University of Michigan Library and can be found online at http://books.google.com/books?id=VSw7AAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false.

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  5. I'm not sure exactly were we were in line of ownership, but we rescued her from being sent to the boneyard after she had been repossessed by a bank in San Diego in 1993. She was in terrible condition and the picture above was my before photo in an article for Maritime Quarterly. We spent 7 years doing repair and improvements and enjoyed her...what a great lady. We sold her to Kathy Roche of Santa Barbara and she has really moved Orient's restoration forward. I still have a lot of data and records and hope to forward those on as appropriate.

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    1. Jerry, Do you have any images of Orient that you can send to me? We're running an article by a local Hong Kong historian about yacht building in Hong Kong and it'd be great to have a shot of her. The magazine is Asia-Pacific Boating, started in 1976, and still published in Hong Kong.

      You can reach me at ryan@bluincmedia.com

      Thanks
      Ryan Swift
      Editor
      Asia-Pacific Boating
      www.asia-pacificboating.com

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    2. My grandfather own Orient in the 70's.
      I might be able to dig some photos up

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    3. My grandfather own Orient when she was in Newport Beach.
      I might be able to dig some photos up

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  6. Hello everyone, this is the first time I looked up Orient. I sailed on board in the early 80s. The owner then was Tom Borst (if I remember right). We sailed her in the Ancient Mariners race in San Diego. What a wonderful sailing vessel. At the time had the biggest spinnaker of any vessel I sailed.

    A little more trivia, this vessel was used and received a name change for the Movie "Lucky Lady".

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  7. Update from Port Townsend, Washington: Yesterday I strolled through the Wooden Boat Foundation's chandlery here, and observed work - mostly sanding - being performed on an enormously long (100'+) wooden spar. When I inquired, I was informed that the mast was being fabricated for the cutter "Orient" based in Santa Barbara. The only other information I gleaned was the mast alone was being fabricated at a cost of nearly $80,000. I wanted to find a photo of said vessel, but apparently are none available on the Internets. Would love to see some images of her under full sail.

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    1. Today, June 14, 2016, visited the Wooden Boat Chandlery in Port Townsend, WA and observed the work being performed on the wooden spar for the Orient. We found the story to be so interesting we would like to know more about the Orient's present agenda. Is it currently participating in the racing scene?

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    2. Hello, my grandfather Paul Smiley owned the Orient in the 1950's. The Orient was docked at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in the Detroit area while she was here. He cruised and aced her extensively on the Great Lakes. In 1952 he won the Port Huron to Mackinaw Island sailboat race overall. The host club for this race Bayview Yacht Club has the overall winners trophy that still displays Orient as the 1952 winner. I have many large black and white photos of the Orient my grandfather passed down to me. I have on hanging in my office today. I can be reached at clikert@dietechna.com.

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