Monday, April 11, 2011

Design 873 - Versatile

This unique looking motorsailer was designed for the famous yachtsman, Harold S. Vanderbilt. This would be Vanderbilt's first foray back into yachting in over ten years. The boat was built of wood by Simms Brothers of Dorchester, Massachusetts and launched in 1950.

Versatile was designed as a robust sea going yacht. Powered by twin G.M. diesels of 185 hp each, her cruising range under power is 1,750 nm at 10 knots.

Here are the plans.

Here 's Mr. Vanderbilt taking a look just prior to launch.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 88'-9"
LWL 74'-6"
Beam 20'-6"
Draft 7'-0"
Sail Area 2,475 sq ft


  1. I worked as a mate on this yacht. We were tied up in West Palm Beach, Florida. When the season ended we sailed north to Swampscott, Mass., somewhere north of Boston. We anchored and after the Vanderbilts returned to the ship, we sailed to Nevin's Shipyard in City Island. I was drafted not long after that in 1953.

  2. I am writing a book about my life, which includes more details of the twister we were in when heading north. There are many other things that happened in my life that I am writing about because of people telling me I lived a very active, exciting life. Sam Younghans