Friday, April 8, 2011

Design 1930 - Freya Class


This design is essentially an enlarged version of the highly successful Gaia Class design. The design features a separate keel and rudder and a trim tab on the after end of the keel. The trim tab was controlled by a smaller wheel within the steering wheel which can be seen on the attached inboard profile if one looks carefully but is more apparent on the construction plan at bottom. The boat was designed to rate under C.C.A., R.O.R.C. and also as a two-tonner.

Four boats were built to this design by Cantiere Benello of Italy. Construction is of fiberglass using sandwich construction and an Airex core. The boat was introduced in 1968.

Here are the plans. It looks like she would make a fine cruising boat.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 44'-9"
LWL 32'-6"
Beam 12'-4"
Draft 7'-0"
Displacement 22,345 lbs
Ballast 11,000 lbs
Sail Area 936 sq ft

14 comments:

  1. I have been the proud owner for a couple of years now of a fully restored and refitted S&S design #1930 Freya Class.

    Does anybody now the whereabouts of any other hulls? I'm also happy for any information and/or would be glad to exchange experiences regarding this design.

    Erik van Wijk, info@emvanwijk.nl, Netherlands

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    1. i m the owner of a FREYA 44 name RANA the boat is now in SETE south of FRANCE

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    2. Hi Erik,
      I am now the proud owner of Koala, which was owned by Al (below) in the Isle of Man. I will be lifting her out of the water in the coming weeks, and working on her over the winter.
      The layout is different to the plans above, with a forepeak, then heads, then forecabin, then galley (to port) and chart table (to starboard), then main saloon, then double (aft port) and large cockpit locker (aft starboard).
      She is cutter rigged and I would be keen to hear from any others who have experience of the cutter rig on this design.

      kotukuedyc@gmail.com

      Trevor

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  2. I own a #1930 MK II Freya Class. She's called Morganne. The shipyard Benello was in Livorno, and several hulls were here in Livorno.

    Antonio Giordano, jordan@supereva, Italy

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  3. Hi I have another Freya from Cantieri Benello in Livorno. I bought her in Fiumicino in Italy in 2008 and she is now in the Isle of Man where I live. We will be heading back to the Med when Imfinish re-building her engine.

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  4. Hi,
    what's the name of your boat?
    Best regards.
    Antonio

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  5. Good memories racing Blythe Spirit on Long Island Sound in early 1970s... Saw boat in St Thomas as Dark Horse in 2009. Sister ship Gem in San Diego in 1990.

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    1. I owned Dark Horse (former Blythe Spirit) for 8 years in St. Thomas, USVI. She was one of the Livorno built Model 1930 Freya's. Fast boat and super fun to sail. I sold it in 2008 and shortly after was heavily damaged in St. Croix from hurricane Omar. Surprised to see it was in St. Thomas in 2009. sardog1vi@att.net

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    2. sardog... I bet she was fun to sail in the Caribbean. She was in the marina in Red Hook when i saw her and looking unloved. I may be off by a year, I was down there from 2004-2010 and the years sort of run together in my memory. I as in the Caribbean for Omar and in STX later that season but didn't see her there. Freyas are pretty boats and she would have caught my eye immediately. Remember her hauled out in Tortola when I was running a race boat in 2006... pretty sure of the year.

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  6. I'm the owner of Ex-Gem, Ex Swanya, now Mel. Currently cruising westcoast Mexico, maybe on the way to Europe soon. The boat was built in Livorno but finished in New York. Has anybody experience hoe to get such a Yacht CE certified to sell here in the EU market? Cheers.

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    1. Hi Phil,
      I don't know anything about CE approval - It may be worth having a look at the S&S Associations website and putting a post on the forum there. I'd love to know more about your boat - I don't believe too many were built, but they must be good - in the 2016 S&S Association Yearbook, there are three (I think!) articles about Freya 44s!
      My email is trevor@sailingkoala.co.uk

      All the best,

      Trevor

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    2. Hi Phil,

      Think I may have seen your boat on Yachtworld recently. I'm partial to 70's era S&S designs. Looks like you and the previous owners have done a fair amount of blue water cruising/circumnavigation any comments or compliants on the characteristic of the boat for such a venture? I'm in the market for a 45-55ft boat to take my wife and daughter around the globe. Have been looking at 70's era Swan 44's and 55's. Your boat appears to have very similar lines and layout.

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  7. New owner of Phil’s boat. Presently in La Paz, Baja Sur. Finding the boat to be a fantastic machine! Systems installed by previous owners make it very comfortable and easy to sail. Looking forward to getting to know the boat better.

    Previous history, "GEM", "Gynmill" (Sailed in 1977 Transpac), "Swanya", (Circumnavigated in the 2000’s), "Mel" and now "California Stars". Looking forward to many more passages, both long and short.

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  8. Anybody have any success in obtaining a copy of the plans?

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