Friday, January 28, 2011

Design 1720 - Shields Class

The Shields Class was the brainchild of Cornelius "Corny" Shields, an experienced sailor and avid fan of one-design racing. She is very reminiscent of a 6-meter. Hull number 1 was launched in 1962. The boats have been built by two builders: Cape Cod Shipbuilding (still producing boats to this design) and Chris Craft. We don't know the exact number boats built to this design but we think it numbers around 280. There are numerous extremely active fleets around America.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 30'-3"
LWL 20'-0"
Beam 6'-5"
Draft 4'-9"
Displacement 4,600 lbs

Design 1223 - Wayfarer

Described as being owned by "members of the Rockefeller family", this big ketch was designed in 1956. 37 sheets of plans were developed. She was constructed by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany - one of the best and launched in 1957. Construction is of steel. She is designed to cruise 4 couples comfortably, plus crew.

The plans are nicely done.

A glimpse of her interior follows.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 94'-2"
LWL 67'-6"
Beam 20'-9"
Draft 9'-4"
Displacement 212,268 lbs

Here's a peek at her hull shape.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Design 1686 - Aurora

This large motoryacht was built by Cantiere Navale Apuania of Italy and launched in 1961. She is based on a hull that was extensively tank tested at the Davidson Laboratory at Stevens Institute. She is powered by twin Mercedes Benz V-12 diesels generating 1,350 hp each at 1,500 rpm for a top speed of 20 knots.

Here is the general arrangement plan.

This photograph was taken at her launch.

Principal Characteristics
LOA 114"-8"
LWL 108'-0"
Beam 22'-5"
Draft 6'-2"
Displacement 299,082 lbs

Preliminary Design - Cygnet Class

On Tuesday we entertained about 50 members of the Sparkman & Stephens Swan Association here at our offices. It was very enjoyable to welcome such an enthusiastic group of Swan owners here to see the original plans of their boats and to see what other projects we are working on. Guests came from as far away as Finland, Sweden, Italy, England, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand.

We have obviously seen a trend in a new class of daysailers most evident in the success of the Morris Yachts M-Series. For fun we decided to go through a What if? exercise by designing a daysailer with the aesthetics of one of the favorite classic Swans, the Swan 43, design 1973. You can see the results here in these few renderings.

Here are the plans for the Swan 43.

67 boats of this model were built during this production run from 1969-1972.

Principal Dimensions Swan 43
LOA 43'-0"
LWL 31'-0"
Beam 11'-8"
Draft 7'-0"
Displacement 19,800 lbs

Design 2065 - She 27 - 1/4 Tonner

As a follow up to my posting of August 30, 2010 a blog follower was kind enough to send this image of his She 27 which he keeps on the west coast of Scotland. Nice looking boat. And it looks like beautiful cruising grounds.

Built by South Hants Marine of England, I believe quite a few of these boats were built.

Her owner states: She's one of the sweetest and most beautifully balanced yachts I've ever sailed, and I've sailed quite a few in my 40-odd years on the water. Like the best of them from Olin's drawing board, she's a witch with a bone between her teeth, hard on the wind in 20-25 knots of breeze with a 2m swell. In these conditions she happily carries her full working canvas and can be sailed, eating up the miles with just two fingers on the tiller.

It doesn't get much better than that. Thanks very much for writing in.

Here's the general arrangement plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 26'-0"
LWL 19'-3"
Beam 8'-6"
Draft 4'-9"
Displacement 5,255 lbs

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Manhasset Bay One Design - Design 1

Here's a nice image the owner of MBO #14 sent us of his boat sailing in front of the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. Nice image. Thanks for sending it. See my posting of December 30, 2010 about this design by clicking here.

Design 215 - Actea

Here's an absolute beauty, yacht Actea. Built by the Henry B. Nevins yard and launched in 1938, she was designed and built for Henry Sears, former commodore of the New York Yacht Club and marine biologist. The boat was requisitioned by the U.S. Navy during World War II.

After the war the boat was returned to Sears but was sold to Henry S. Morgan, grandson of J. P. Morgan and one of the founders of Morgan Stanley. Morgan would rename her Djinn. Morgan would also become commodore of the New York Yacht Club.

Here's a nice image from a newspaper article during Morgan's tenure.

The boat was eventually sold and brought to California where she had a successful racing career. Unfortunately the final resting place for this fine boat was on a reef.

Here is the general arrangement plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 61'-10"
LWL 44'-0"
Beam 13'-8"
Draft 8'-6"
Displacement 60,900 lbs

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

More on Puffin - Design 1976

These great shots were taken by the owner of Primrose, who was kind enough to send them. We had a short blog about this boat back on August 10th, 2010 when we caught her at the dock in Castine, Maine. Click here to see the posting. She's another great boat built by Walsted. These were taken during the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, 2010.

Here's her original sailplan. You can see she's been converted from a yawl to a sloop.

Design 2583 - Quarta Santa Maria

Quarta Santa Maria (Foreground)

As a follow up to my posting of yesterday regarding sailing yacht Luja, this 82' sloop is a sister to her. Built by Cantiere Sangermani, she was launched in 1992. Because she is significantly different, she was assigned a new design number. The same hull was used and the impetus was the fact all of the jigs were available for the transverse hull framing. This provided significant savings in her construction costs.

Here are the plans.

And a few interior images.

Guest Cabin

Navigation Area


Master Stateroom

Please note her length overall is listed as 3" longer than Luja. This is due to the additional freeboard required to achieve a flush deck boat extended her length (along her bow profile).

Principal Dimensions
LOA 82'-3"
LWL 67'-3"
Beam 20'-2"
Draft 11'-2"
Displacement 112,775 lbs

Monday, January 24, 2011

Olin Stephens - Sailing Falcon

Here's a nice shot of Olin steering the New York 32 Falcon in 2007 - age 99, his camera bag always at the ready. Image courtesy of Maynard Bray.

NY32 Sail Plan

Luja - Design 2561

This cold-molded IMS cruiser/racer was built by Cantieri Sangermani of Italy. The boat was launched in 1991. She's a big boat and some of the loads presented some engineering challenges, such as the attachment of chainplates, bowthruster and fin keel on a wooden boat of this magnitude. Here's an image of the hull being rolled where you can get a good idea of the structure.

Here are the plans.

Here's are some interior shots.

Master Cabin

Main Salon


Navigation Area

Principal Dimensions
LOA 82'-0"
LWL 67'-3"
Beam 20'-2"
Draft 11'-2"
Displacement 112,775 lbs