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Friday, January 14, 2011

More About Design 2533 - 247' 3-Masted Schooner


As a follow up to my posting of June 21, 2010 I thought I would provide a bit more detail about this design and it's development. This design was developed for William E. Simon, former Secretary of the Treasury under presidents Nixon and Ford.

Mr. Simon already owned a Sparkman & Stephens designed motorsailer, Freedom, the 124' ketch built by Picchiotti of Italy (design #2483).

The 3-masted schooner as shown above was first developed with a 180' waterline. This was to be a world cruising yacht with expeditions to the far corners of the globe in mind. Here are the plans as developed.



The boat was then increased in size to a waterline of 192'. The profile as shown above was changed significantly (and refined) and the result is as shown below.


Mr. Simon's interest was soon directed at another project, the ocean going tugboat conversion, Itasca, and the subsequent crossing of the Northwest Passage. See my previous posting on this subject by clicking here. Due to age and health Itasca would be his last boat.

Design 2276 - 3/4 Tonner Pari 34


This 3/4 tonner was built using cold-molded construction by Snug Harbor Boat Works. We can't tell how any were built but we know of at least three.

Here is the general arrangement plan.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 34'-2"
LWL 25'-10"
Beam 10'-10"
Draft 5'-10"
Displacement 8,400 lbs
Sail Area 505 sq ft

Design 1749 - Heavens Above


This little open sailing yacht can best described as a character boat. The boat was designed for sailing on the lower Potomic River and the short chop and fluky winds found there. Although the article below describes an argument about whether she is a yawl or a ketch, to me she's clearly a yawl. Double click for readable view.


Here's a quote from her owner that I found in the files: "The little boat is performing spectacularly in all phases of design, performance and appearance; in the light weather, heavy, intermediate, under power, under sail, at anchor, single-handed or overcrowded: and is just one great delight".


Now how it came to be that this boat was built in Hong Kong is another matter...I sure wish we had a photograph of this boat.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 27'-11"
LWL 21'-3"
Beam 7'-10"
Draft 3'-10"
Displacement 4,608 lbs
Sail Area 382 sq ft

Preliminary Design - Seguin 68' Classic


Following up on the Seguin 52 (see posting 16 August - click here), Fairweather, here's a Seguin 68' flush deck classic. The rendering is by Stephen Davis, illustrator.

Here's the layout.


Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 68'-0"
LWL 47'-10"
Beam 17'-3"
Draft 7'-9"

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Design 1927 - Torea


This boat was heavily inspired by Irving Johnson's Yankee. See my earlier posting about Yankee. Torea was built by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany of aluminum and launched in 1968. She is certainly a character boat but pretty and with a lot of usable space for a cruising yacht.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 58'-8"
LWL 47'-0"
Beam 16'-4"
Draft 7'-0"
Displacement 85,950 lbs

Design 22 - El Nido


This 51' power yacht was built by Lemos Brothers of Rhode Island in 1936. The following article tells the story. Double click for readable view.


Here's an interior image.


I can see from the files that concurrent to the construction of this boat, a larger (58' LOA) version also named El Nido was being designed/built. Here it is, design #76.


Unfortunately for the bigger version there is an ominous note in the file that states "burned during construction".

Principal Dimensions
LOA 51'-0"
LWL 49'-6"
Beam 12'-6"
Draft 3'-8"

Design 333 - 27' Fantail Launch


I came across this plan for a utility launch in the files. I can't tell much about it, for example if it was ever built. The design was for Henry B. DuPont. Most interesting please note the initials of the draftsman: Roderick A. Stephens. The year was 1939.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 27'-0"
LWL 23'-0"
Beam 7'-5"
Draft 2'-8"

Design 2166-C1 - She 36 Class


We received the above image from her owner. Nice picture! Thank you for sending it. This is of a She 36 class. The She 36 was a class that was produced by South Hants Marine of England.

Here are the plans.


The design was also used in a modified form (design 2166) and marketed as the Northstar 35.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 35'-6"
LWL 26'-0"
Beam 10'-5"
Draft 6'-0"
Displacement 11,500 lbs

Here's an image from another owner.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Westerly - Design 321


This smart looking motorsailer (ketch) was built by the Jacobson Shipyard of Oyster Bay, Long Island and launched in 1940.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 73'-9"
LWL 60'-6"
Beam 17'-3"
Draft 7'-6"
Displacement 118,561 lbs

Rod and Olin


Here's a nice fairly early image of Rod and Olin Stephens. I have no idea of it's provenance but it's a nice picture none-the-less.

Onaire III - Design 207


This is one of those designs we don't know that much about. Part of the problem is that a number of the plans have gone missing. We do know she was built in 1940 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company of Bristol, Rhode Island.

Here is the general arrangement plan. It's a fantastic arrangement.


The sail plan is one of the plans that has gone missing. We pulled this one from an old microfiche file we had (so it's not a great image).


We did receive an email from the current owner who said he was completely restoring the boat in Honduras. She was to be used as a daily excursion vessel for hire. He sent the following image.


Principle Dimensions
LOA 61'-10"
LWL 44'-0"
Beam 14'-8"
Draft 6'-6"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Robert L. Garland - Yacht Broker (Jan 22, 1908 - Dec 22, 2009 )

Robert Garland and Mitch Gibbons-Neff in 2001

As a follow up to my previous posting about Robert Garland's boat Turtle, here's a little bit of history regarding Bob. Robert Lee Garland joined Sparkman & Stephens in 1930 as a yacht broker. By 1934 he was a shareholder and the following year was made a director and based on what I can read in the corporate minute books it was due to "exemplary hard work". I can also see from the corporate record that in 1934 he was given a base salary of $18 per week plus commissions.

His career at Sparkman & Stephens was only interrupted by World War II, where he attained the rank of Lt. Commander with the Navy and worked on the design and construction of fast torpedo boats. After the war he returned to Sparkman & Stephens. By 1978 Bob was appointed President of the firm. He retired in 1994.

An avid Shields (S&S design #1720) sailor for over 30 years, he affectionately earned the nickname of "the Silver Fox". In addition Bob sailed all of the great S&S boats of the time: Baruna, Windigo, Northern Light, and Argyll to name but a few.

A resident of Oyster Bay, Long Island, Bob was a member of various clubs: New York Yacht Club, Seawanhaka Yacht Club, Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, Cruising Club of America and the Storm Trysail Club.

Bob passed away in 2009 at the age of 101, outliving Olin Stephens by a little over a year.

There is a great story about Bob and Mitch Gibbons-Neff. Apparently in 1977 Mitch came into the office looking for a job as a yacht broker (with little experience). He met with Bob Garland. Bob told Mitch he was sorry but there wasn't a place for him at Sparkman & Stephens. As they left Bob's office Mitch asked Bob who sat in the desk adjacent to his office to which Bob said "No one, it's unoccupied". Story has it that Mitch pointed to the desk and replied "I'll see you tomorrow". Mitch would succeed Bob as company President years later.

Design 1329 - Crusader Class


This new class of steel sailing yachts was designed in 1960 and built at the Westhaven Shipyard of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In all of our marketing material she is drecribed as a "motorsailer" although she is clearly lacking the raised pilothouse one normally expects to see. I will assume the term is used here to describe a sailing yacht of heavy displacement with a moderate rig and an over-sized engine.

As described in the following article, the first boat was ordered by Robert Garland, a former partner of Sparkman & Stephens, yacht broker and company President. Please double click for larger, readable version.


Bob named his boat Turtle as the article states and that's an image of his boat at the top (and bottom) of this posting. Please check back soon for a further posting about Bob Garland.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 32'-6"
LWL 26'-6"
Beam 10'-10"
Draft 4'-6"
Displacement 19,200 lbs
Sail Area 563 sq ft

Design 2560-C1 - Tiger Too


Relevant to my earlier posting of today here is hull #2 of the S&S 48' built by Bennett Brothers yachts. This design utilized the same hull mold as Jam Session, but with a center cockpit deck layout. It is also a two cabin boat but with a full beam owner's stateroom aft.

Here are the plans.

Design 2560 - Jam Session


This 48' sloop was built in 1989 by Bennett Brother Yachts of Wilmington, North Carolina. She is built of cored fiberglass construction using vinylester resin.

The layout features an owner forward cabin with centerline berth and en suite (wet) head. There is a pass through galley, a navigation area located adjacent to the companionway for ease of use and good communication between navigator and helmsman and a starboard quarter cabin with en suite head. The aft head acts as the day head with access from the salon through the separate shower.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 48'-0"
LWL 39'-0"
Beam 14'-4"
Draft 6'-3" (wing keel)
Displacement 32,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,154 sq ft

More About Silver Lining - Design 2572-C3


Speaking of Thailand, here's an image of the 102' aluminum sloop, Silver Lining, under construction in Thailand. See my posting of 13 July by clicking here. It is amazing what this owner has accomplished. The boat is to be launched next week.

Design 2719 - Passagemaker 60 - Hull #5




These images were sent to us by a friend who happened upon Katok, hull #5 of the Passagemaker 60 series. The boat is sitting in the Royal Phuket Marina in Phuket, Thailand. The boat has a number of special options such as twin anchors forward (stock boat has one), hard top, jacuzzi (note the extra coaming at the aft end of the boat deck) and hydraulic passarelle.


The owner is apparently quite a fisherman so the boat is equipped with a fishing cockpit and live bait tank (you can see the window into the bait tank in the port side of the cockpit). The fighting chair has not been installed yet.

Monday, January 10, 2011

3 Generations of Stephens


This image was taken in 1931 just after the Dorade victory in the trans-Atlantic Race. Left to right: Olin J. Stephens, II, Roderick Stephens, Sr., Olin J. Stephens, Sr., and Roderick Stephens, Jr.

Roderick, Sr. owned a coal delivery company in Westchester County, and sold it in 1929, just prior to the Great (Stock Market) Crash of that year.


That fortuitous timing eventually led to Rod, Sr's investment in Dorade, the yacht that helped greatly to put Sparkman & Stephens on a trajectory for success.