Thursday, June 9, 2011

Design 1251 - Simba

This shallow draft centerboarder was built by Joel Johnson of Bridgeport, Connecticut. She was launched in 1958. Construction was robust with a teak backbone, white oak frames and double planking: mahogany over cedar. Her garboard planks were of teak.

That's not a great image but it's the only one we have. Note Olin's signature: the owner asked him to sign it at some point. That was probably during our 75th Anniversary event at Mystic Seaport back in 2004, if I had to guess.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 42'-7"
LWL 29'-6"
Beam 11'-10"
Draft 4'-1"
Displacement 22,035 lbs
Ballast 7,000 lbs
Sail Area 873 sq ft

1 comment:

  1. SIMBA is owned by Bob & Jane Cairl. She docks at North Cape Yacht Club on Lake Erie. She is still in bristol fashion. This Sept 2014, she will take part in the National Sailing Hall of Fame's Induction Ceremonies at Detroit Yacht Club.
    Here are some other facts not shown above:
    - everything below the waterline & above the topsides (including all interior cabinetry) is teak;
    - floors are all bronze with lightening holes (like a plane) for strength
    - the centerboard is all bronze, strutted like an airplane wing & water ballasted;
    - main mast is aluminum, mizzen wood (both original);
    - 40 hp Mercedes engine (orig);
    - Built for Dr. Ralph Greenlee of NYC & Block Island;
    - original cost for this custom racing yawl $100,000.00;
    - featured in Arthur Beiser's "The Proper Yacht";

    The photo above was taken during a classic race in Sandusky, OH. SIMBA was awarded "Best Sailboat" at Newport's Museum of Yachting Classic Wooden Boat Show in 1992. She is still sailing & participating in shows today. If you would like more exterior & interior photos, please contact us.
    Jane & Bob Cairl, owners