Saturday, December 10, 2011

Design 2009 - Salacia II

Around 1969, the boat to beat in Australian waters was Ragamuffin, the boat designed and built for Syd Fischer. She is design #1949 and we have discussed her before. In 1970 Arthur Byrne decided to challenge her dominance and asked us to design a similar boat. Byrne turned to Quilkey Brothers of Taren Point, New South Wales, Australia to build her, the same builder as Ragamuffin.

Salacia II was built using cold molded epoxy techniques. Her frames are of laminated Queensland Maple and planking of Oregon Pine. At the time she was declared the most expensive ocean racer ever built in Australia.

The design is similar to Ragamuffin, but she is wider, especially at her transom and has a shallower canoe body. She was designed to rate better under the I.O.R. Rule. She was designed for Admiral's Cup competition and was a member of the 1971 Australian team alongside Ragamuffin and Koomooloo. The team finished second that year.

Here's her sail plan. I apologize that we don't have a scanned copy of her general arrangement handy.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 48'-6"
LWL 36'-0"
Beam 13'-0"
Draft 7'-9"
Displacement 30,975 lbs
Ballast 16,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,068 sq ft


  1. Ragamuffin is now know as Spirit of Koomooloo, in honour of Koomooloo.

  2. Salacia II is still a beautiful yacht maintained in concourse condition, here's a link to her in the Sydney Classic and Wooden Boat Festival 2016.

  3. I crewed on Salacia II with AWB in 2 S2H races
    John Pocklington

  4. I love sailing and Yachts, She was a beautiful yacht no doubt. The most impressive thing on that yacht was the skipper. Smart humble and compassionate. Kim Exton