Saturday, December 31, 2011

Design 1192 - Windalier

Here is the first Windalier to be designed and built for Colonel Edwin Singer of the Pontiac Refining Corporation of Corpus Christi, Texas. Singer was born in New York but moved to Texas and began building refineries which he ultimately sold. He was hugely successful in many aspects of his life. He was a philanthropist and is credited with shaping Corpus Christi into the modern city it is today.

Although there are many, a typical example of Singer's involvement with Corpus Christi is as follows: in the early 1960s he purchased a significant block of land along the bayfront. He then donated the property to the city. Today it is the site of the Museum of Science and History, the Art Museum of South Texas, the Watergarden and the Harbor Playhouse. His involvement didn't stop there. He lead the fund raising for the Art Museum. Further he then persuaded the architect Philip Johnson to design the Art Museum.

Watergarden and Art Museum, Corpus Christi
Philip Johnson

Singer was also a founding member and Commodore of the Corpus Christi Yacht Club.

Back to his boat. As I said this was his first Windalier. She was constructed of wood by the Abeking & Rasmussen yard of Lemwerder, Germany and launched in 1956. A larger boat would follow in 1962, design #1615, also named Windalier.

Here is the general arrangement plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 43'-6"
LWL 29'-6"
Beam 11'-9"
Draft 4'-3"
Displacement 22,400 lbs
Sail Area 847 sq ft

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