Thursday, April 28, 2011

Design 297 - Privateer Class

This early example of a "stock" design was developed in 1939 at the urging of Drake Sparkman. I am not exactly sure of how many of these boats were built. We have confirmation of three boats for sure: Rattlesnake built by George Lawley & Son of Neponset, Massachusetts and launched in 1940, Rowdy built by William Stone & Son of Oakland, California launched in 1941, and Bonanza, builder unknown.

Here are the plans.

And an early article. Please double click for zoom.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 35'-4"
LWL 24'-6"
Beam 8'-10"
Draft 5'-3"
Displacement 14,224 lbs
Ballast 5,500 lbs (outside) 370 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 523 sq ft


  1. I find this design very elegant, thank you for sharing.
    Are there any survivors that we know about?

  2. We have no record of anyone contacting us about this class of boat, for example for assistance with plans for restoration. It will be interesting to see if anyone (an owner) pipes in on this posting.

  3. Mr. Johnson:

    I am currently in the process of working on "Rattlesnake" aka "Girl". It sitting on the hard in Buffalo, NY. If you have the original plans for deck layout and interior layout, it would be most kind to help restore her to the 1940 plan. Alos if you have any history on her it would be great. Thanks

    Rev. Jeremia

  4. My father Sam Ciccia is the current owner of the "Rattlesnake" now known as "Girl". she has recently been restored by Cayuga Wooden Boat Works in New York. We are looking at options for her future. We have talked with the local Maritime Museum, and would love to see her with someone that could enjoy her as much as we have!! If anyone has any interest in this beautiful vessel please contact me!! or email Thank you!

  5. ARG 250 Bonanza was built in Mar del Plata, Argentine, for Mr. Carlos Iriarte (+) in 1950. You can read more about the first owner and the yacht:

    Bonanza sailed the Rolex Cup 2012 at Punta del Este, ROU.

    I love this yacht.

    Diego Sieburger

    1. and the Calypso, A-403 also

  6. My husband Sam, owner of this boat, has passed away. I would like to sell it to someone who will enjoy it as much as we did. You can contact me at 716-886-0715 or

  7. Curious do you think this is the same class?