Friday, April 29, 2011

Design 1493 - Zarabanda

This little sloop was designed for Geoffrey Pattinson, rear Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club of England and built by Tucker Brown of Burnham on Crouch, England. She was designed under the R.O.R.C. Rule.

Launched in 1960 she was destined for immediate shipment to Australia to compete in the Syndey-Hobart Race of that year. Here is a published report regarding that race. Please double click for zoom.

The design is interesting in a couple of details. The short forward overhang seems to have necessitated the use of the bow sprit and must have been done to obtain a favorable rating. Placing the ice box in the cockpit is somewhat unusual but has some logic. One only accessed the box to get what one is about to eat or drink. By placing it in the cockpit it makes it very easy to load (and to drain above the waterline) and gains valuable space below. One could argue the box could have been placed where the chart table is and used as such but perhaps there is a swinging stool and foot space there instead.

Here are the plans.

The Lines are quite pleasant with a powerful turn of the bilge and a nice run aft (see buttocks below).

Principal Dimensions
LOA 38'-5"
LWL 28'-0"
Beam 10'-3"
Draft 5'-11"
Displacement 18,600 lbs
Ballast 7,000 lbs (outside) 300 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 699 sq ft


  1. We owned this boat for 12 years..... I believe we were the third owners. I notice this is dated April 29 2011... I would like to know where she is and who owns her now..... Cathy Puskarich

  2. Bill Yardas, a longshoreman out of Longview, owned her around 1995 when I knew him. She was moored at Elochoman Marina Cathlamet then. We sailed her to Astoria once. Good memories of Zarabanda!!