Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Design 1428 - Pavane II

This handsome motorsailer was built of steel by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany for an American customer, Uncas A. Whitaker. Whitaker was a repeat client. Click here to see his next boat.

She has a number of interesting design features. The most noticeable is the location of her engine room. While this allowed a much lower profile that would have been possible amidships, it must have caused some challenges in terms of sound attenuation being adjacent to the owner's cabin.

Notice the secondary "backing rudder" located just forward of the propeller and above the propeller shaft. The feature comes from river tow boats in Europe and includes independent controls and is used to assist when backing into a slip.

Also note the two steering stations: one on the bridge deck and one in the aft cockpit. The after station is used primarily when fishing.

Pavane II is powered by a single General Motors 4-71 diesel coupled to a Walters v-drive with 2:1 reduction producing a cruising speed of 11 knots under power. She was launched in 1959.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 52'-0"
LWL 46'-0"
Beam 14'-6"
Draft 5'-0" (board up) 8'-8" (board down)
Displacement 52,193 lbs
Ballast 4,500 lbs (outside) 750 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 1,194 sq ft

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