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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Design 809 - Motoryacht Alva


This beauty was the fifth yacht designed by Sparkman & Stephens for, E. E. Dickenson of Essex, Connecticut. This particular boat was built by John Trumpy & Sons of Annapolis, Maryland and launched in 1949.

She is designed to carry four in owner's party and operate with a crew of two. She is powered by Hall-Scott Invader engines for a top speed of 15.75 knots.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 60'-0"
LWL 57'-9"
Beam 16'-1"
Draft 3'-6"

Friday, February 11, 2011

Design 1667 - Biscayne 27 Class


This little MORC racing yacht was developed by Sparkman & Stephens and the prototype was built by the of Gallart Shipyard of Barcelona, Spain and launched in 1962. We can see from the records that another boat was built from these plans at the Smith & Rhuland Shipyard of Nova Scotia. Beyond these two that we have on record we have no idea if additional boats were built to these plans.


Construction is white oak structural members with single planking of mahogany. The deck is fiberglass over plywood.



Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 27'-4"
LWL 20'-8"
Beam 8'-8"
Draft 3'-2" (board up) 6'-6" (board down)
Displacement 7,600 lbs

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Design 1269 - Barunita


This big motorsailer was so very typical of the period. She was buily by Hodgdon Brothers - Goudy & Stevens of East Boothbay, Maine. I can't figure out of that means the construction was a joint venture between the shipyards which were located next door to each other or if the yard ownership was the same.

She is constructed with white oak structural members and single planked in mahogany. Fastenings are silicon bronze. She was launched in 1957.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 59'-3"
LWL 50'-0"
Beam 16'-8"
Draft 6'-0"
Displacement 94,250 lbs


Design 322 - Raceabout


This one-design keel boat was designed as a simplified alternative to the Star Class. The first boat was built by the Minneford Yacht Yard of City Island, New York.

Here is a copy of the brochure showing the basic proportions.


This article tells the story better than I can. Double click for bigger view.


We don't know how many boats were built to this design. I think it's clear that this design never usurped the appeal and popularity of the Star Class.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 23'-0"
LWL 19'-4"
Beam 5'-8"
Draft 3'-4"

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Design 1305 - Offshore Sport Fisherman Hanka


This 52' sport fisherman was designed for offshore work and built by the Freeport Point Shipyard of Freeport Point, Long Island and launched in 1958. She is powered by twin GM 6-71 diesels generating 235 hp each for a top speed of 18 knots at 2,300 rpm. Maximum range is 1,100 nm at 9 knots.

Here are the plans.


She is constructed of white oak for all structural framing and double planked of mahogany. Fastenings are of Everdur. Interestingly, she sported a Sparkman & Stephens designed custom fiberglass tender of 15' overall powered by a 25 hp Envinrude outboard plus a sailing dinghy, also designed by S&S. I like the crow's nest up the mast.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 52'-1"
LWL 49'-0"
Beam 13'-10"
Draft 3'-9"
Displacement 45,747 lbs

Monday, February 7, 2011

Design 1710 - Gaia Class

Gaia Class Hull #33 - Sarnia

The Swan 36 is very well known in sailing circles and bears the same design number as this class of boats. This Gaia Class was built by the famous Italian builder Benello. 19 boats were built to this design by Benello. Their production run began 2 years prior to the Swan 36 run that started in 1965.

Additional boats were also built to this design with slight variations, such as the Sigma 36 Class (built by Cheoy Lee), the one-off Cybele, Rumbuster and many more in both wood and fiberglass. In all I believe 60 boats were built to this design with slight variations, without counting the Swan 36s. All were based on a previous design Hestia, design #1478, a very successful RORC-rule racing yacht.

The Benello boats had a distinctive raised portion of the deckhouse aft, which is absent in the Swan model. Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 36'-0"
LWL 25'-6"
Beam 9'-8"
Draft 6'-0"
Displacement 15,400 lbs

Gaia Class Hull #2 - Asteria

One-Off Cybele in Wood
Built by Molich of Denmark

Design 1760 - Chris Craft Capri 30


This production model from Chris Craft, named the "Capri 30", was developed in 1963. She was designed as a family cruising boat with plenty of accommodations.

Here are the plans.


Here are a few interior photographs.


The following is an article from Rudder magazine from 1964.


Here's another article, from Skipper magazine.


And finally here are the Lines as they are worth a look. I can tell right off the bat they are from Al Mason's pen.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 30'-0"
LWL 25'-0"
Beam 9'-8"
Draft 3'-9" (board up) 7'-2" (board down)
Displacement 11,740 lbs
Sail Area 476 sq ft

Pequamid - Design 2010


Launched in 1970, this wooden sloop was built by Driscoll Custom Boats (now called Driscoll Boat Works) of San Diego, California. She was developed for cruising and racing in the Puget Sound - Lake Washington area.

A traditional profile was specified with accommodations for 7 and the owner's stateroom forward. Also a dedicated navigator's area was requested with navigation desk, seat and quarter berth.

Here are the plans.


The boat is built with laminated white oak framing and Honduras mahogany planking. Fastenings are silicon bronze.

A couple of detail shots.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 50'-3"
LWL 34'-0"
Beam 12'-0"
Draft 7'-4"
Displacement 28,350 lbs
Sail Area 1,087 sq ft

Design 1871 - Seguin


This beautiful sloop was built by Paul Luke of East Boothbay, Maine and launched in 1965. I caught this image while cruising around Penobscot Bay a couple of summers ago. There's nothing like a bright finished mahogany hull.

Here are the plans.


The "designer's comments" from the time of her launch are as follows: "Seguin is designed essentially for cruising, though she incorporates many of the lessons learned in ocean racing by the owner and designers. She is not loaded down with electrical and mechanical gadgetry and has the independent nature that a true cruising boat should have".

Her construction is white oak for stem and transverse framing, a laminated mahogany keelson, double planking of cedar and mahogany and a plywood deck.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 42'-6"
LWL 29'-0"
Beam 11'-0"
Draft 6'-3"
Displacement 20,420 lbs
Sail Area 773 sq ft

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Design 1505 - Corsaro II


This big yawl was designed and built for the Italian Naval Academy. She was built by Cantieri Costaguta of Genoa, Italy and launched in 1960.

She is powered by a Mercedes Benz OM/321 96hp diesel engine. Notable are 2 Sparkman & Stephens designed pedestal winches (coffee grinders). She is constructed of wood: iroko keelson, acacia frames and double planked of Philippine mahogany. Fasteners are silicon bronze. Spars are of sitka spruce.

Accommodations are private cabins for 1 skipper, 1 navigator, 5 midshipmen in the main cabin plus 2 additional full time crew in the forepeak and 2 in a separate aft cabin, possibly for guests.

Here are the plans.


A sistership was built, named Stella Polare, shown here.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 69'-4"
LWL 50'-0"
Beam 16'-1"
Draft 9'-6"
Displacement 94,848 lbs
Sail Area 2,231 sq ft