Thursday, September 22, 2011

Design 820 - Caribe

Caribe was constructed of wood by the Dalin Boatyard of San Isidro, Argentina, which is located on the River Plate. She was built for a top official in the Peron regime and launched in 1954. Her construction is interesting. Planking is 1-1/8" Petiribi with white oak frames on 11" centers with copper rivet fasteners.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 50'-0"
LWL 35'-4"
Beam 13'-0"
Draft 5'-6" (board up) 9'-0" (board down)
Displacement 64,000 lbs
Ballast 9,300 lbs
Sail Area 1,220 sq ft


  1. Oh my goodness, I sailed on this boat in the early 1960's when she was occasionally in Ludington Michigan.

  2. Late time I saw Caribe she was hauled out in Beaufort NC looking sad. I'm delighted to see her being sailed again. I made my first off shore delivery on Caribe in '79 when Capt. Hank Kelly owned her.
    I've often wondered what happened to Caribe.

  3. I am very sorry to disappoint you but that magnificent s/y is not Caribe but Santa Rosa of Callao racing in Porto Cervo 1989 at the Veteran Boat Rally, where we arrived 2nd overall. Olin Stephens visited the boat in that occasion, confirming the original refitting. In the picture, I am trimming the genoa and Tim Park from New York is at the helm. She belongs to Nicolini's family in Lima since 1950, when they bought her from Argentina, built at San Isidro, ex Rosaines. They took the boat together with her sea-man Abelardo that stayed with the yacht till 1992. Myself I have skippered Santa Rosa for ten years with excellent results, in the Mediterranean Sea, since 1989 following refitting, winter storage and lovely care of the boat. Splendid Yawl.
    Cpt. Lorenzo Orrù,

  4. Thanks for the update Cpt Orrù.
    I am disappointed that Caribe might still be drying out in Beaufort NC.

  5. The very first big boat I ever sailed on was Caribe, sailing out of Ludington Michigan, my cousin John Gustafson was a regular crew and my father worked the foredeck on various races... I want to say the owner was named macdonald (?) and she was a beautiful boat, supposedly originally built for some autocrat dictator. I was hoping to see whatever happened to her, but will take Cpt. Lorenzo's word that this isn't her.

  6. I had the occasion to sail on Caribe while living in South Florida in the early 80's. She had been recently purchased by a nice man as a reconditioning project. She was rough around the edges but performed well in the gulf stream on a windy, sunny January day.