Monday, July 11, 2011

Design 622 - Eroica

I believe this is the 5th boat designed for Avard E. Fuller of Fuller Brush fame. You can search some of his others on this blog. Not all previously designed boats were built however.

Eroica was built of wood by Henry B. Nevins of City Island and launched in 1946. She was built as a cruising boat, but like many boats she participated, and rather successfully, in a number of distance races.

It's an unusual arrangement plan and I wonder how it worked out in practical use. The two cabins are separated by a head and I can imagine that must have caused a bit of a traffic jam at times.

Of particular note is her aluminum mast which was made of extruded aluminum in Avard Fuller's own machine shop. Some say this was the first aluminum mast installed in a wooden boat. her other spars were of Sitka spruce.

Eroica spent her time on the East Coast until the mid-1960s when she was brought West to California. She was then renamed Pacifica.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 48'-9"
LWL 33'-4"
Beam 11'-0"
Draft 7'-3"
Displacement 31,567 lbs
Sail Area 1,175 sq ft

1 comment:

  1. My son owns PACIFICA and she's currently homeported in Port Townsend, Washington after many years in San Diego, California. He's owned her for close to 20 years and extensively rebuilt her and relaunched her in 2007 (Olin Stephens was at the party for her 60th birthday and recommissioning).

    Yes, the divided cabins can be a bit inconvenient when there is a line for the head (there used to be another head in the foc'sle) but it is the galley where the log jam really backs up. Her dining table can be offset to starboard which helps with accommodations but she is very narrow. Unfortunately she doesn't have a dedicated nav area and chart table (having been designed as a day sailor for Long Island Sound) but she's sailed at least a hundred of thousand miles including lots of ocean races in the Atlantic, cruising in the Med, three TransPacs and lots of miles along the West Coast since then and is much loved and admired.