Saturday, March 5, 2011

Design 1054 - Finisterre

Here is the somewhat unlikely legend, Finisterre. Responding to the C.C.A. (Cruising Club of America) Rule at the time of her design, which favored short waterlines, extreme beam and light ballast she was designed not as an all out racing yacht but as a reasonably comfortable, shallow draft cruising yacht for two persons. It was the talent of her owner, Carleton Mitchell and his crew that drove her to become a legendary ocean racer. Three Bermuda Race wins in a row convinced the non-believers and soon every major designer in the world was pushing out boats of similar type. The popularity of the type continued until the death of the C.C.A Rule and the introduction of the I.O.R rule which favored a completely different class of boats.

She was built by Seth Peterson of Old Saybrook, Connecticut and launched in 1954. Mitchell chose Sparkman & Stephens in great part due to his relationship with Rod Stephens with whom he had sailed with quite a bit on Rod's NY32, Mustang. As Mitchell himself said "Although it was my privilege to sail with many of the top sailors of the era, I don't think anyone else combined knowledge of deck layout, rigging and sails. Add Olin Stephens' innovative design genius, as exemplified by such diverse vessels as Dorade, which revolutionized ocean racing, and the super-J, Ranger, and it was easy to see why S&S was the go-to team."

And the plans. They are beautifully drawn. Please double click to zoom in.

After the tragic Fastnet Race of 1979, Olin often lamented the type until late into his life and preferred deep draft keel boats with superior stability over the beamy centerboarders.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 38'-6"
LWL 27'-6"
Beam 11'-3"
Draft 3'-11" (board up) 7'-4" (board down)
Displacement 18,640 lbs
Ballast 5,860 lbs (outside) 300 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 713 sq ft

Friday, March 4, 2011

Design 8 - Comet & Meteor


Two sisters were built to this 6-meter design, Comet and Meteor. They were built by Henry B. Nevins of City Island, New York and launched in 1930.


Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 37'-6"
LWL 23'-0"
Beam 6'-4"
Draft 5'-4"
Sail Area 466 sq ft

Design 379 - Ciclon

This is the quintessential yacht photo: nice subject matter, great lighting, good background. And what a beautiful boat she is. The boat was built by Remigio Hernandorena in his own small shipyard near Havana, Cuba in 1942. I have posted previously about another boat built by this man, Criollo.

The boat has a commendable race record. We know she won the St. Petersburg-Havana Race of 1947 and the Miami-Nassau Race of '48, among others. The last we heard she was used by a sailing school in St. Petersburg, then wallowed in Texas for a number of years. She has since been purchased and shipped to Cyprus where she has been restored to her former self. Her new name is Maxine.

A sistership named Venture III was built to this design (now called Magic Venture), built by Simms Brothers of Dorchester, Massachusetts and launched in 1950. Venture III was a yawl. She also did not have the small fixed dodger. She is reportedly rotting on a beach somewhere in Central America.

Venture III, now-Magic Venture

Here are the plans.

Here is an article from Rudder magazine. Double click for bigger view.

Article Courtesy of Mystic Seaport Museum

And finally here is a fairly contemporary image of the boat on a Dockwise transport ship, which gives you a hint of her underbody.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 51'-8"
LWL 34'-0"
Beam 11'-6"
Draft 7'-0"
Displacement 35,390 lbs
Ballast 15,436 lbs
Sail Area 1,152 sq ft

Design 2741 - M29

Image Courtesy Onne van der Wal

If you are into sailing you can't help but be a bit envious of this fellow. Especially if you had about 6 miles of open water in front of you. This is the new M29 by Morris Yachts introduced in February of 2009.

Here's an image of her shakedown in February, 2009. Brrr.

The boat is lively and powerful. I sailed one last year out of Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, Connecticut. It was nice to see a trailerable keel boat launched with a single point crane and set up as quickly as she was. Here's an image of the boat on the crane.

We had a great sail in fairly heavy air. She tracks like a freight train and responds to minute helm adjustments. The boat is sensitive to hiking out but the reality it is not neccessary to do so.

Here's the boat on a trailer.

Here are the plans.

Click here to link to the Morris website and check out the video.

I will draw your attention to one item if interest. Note the boat sailing in the top image with spinnaker set. You can see it in the below picture: the opening in the deck just forward of the headstay. The chute launches and douses from that opening. It's an ingenious system. There is a douse line that is led to the center of the sail which pulls the sail into that slot. In this way the lone helmsman as shown can launch and retrieve the spinnaker without leaving the tiller.

Image Courtesy Onne van der Wal

Principal Dimensions
LOA 29'-2"
LWL 20'-10"
Beam 7'-4"
Draft 4'-6"
Displacement 4,375 lbs
Ballast 1,958 lbs
Sail Area 395 sq ft

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Design 2715-C1 - 40-meter Motoryacht

We posted a brief blog about this design last year. We're a bit further along in the design process now. As we said then, she is a new tri-deck 40-meter motoryacht design with emphasis on hull efficiency, sea-keeping, and with a seaworthy interior design that provides safety and comfort while underway. Plus she is designed with a bit of "retro" aesthetic.

Here's the general arrangement. I think it's a great layout. I especially like the Chris Craft launch as tender that stows athwartship and comes out either side of the boat on a beam crane. We did this so the owner could still have a very nice lazarette with wet bar, day head and shower.

Principal Characteristics
Length Overall 131’-3”
Length Waterline 120’-0”
Beam 27’-10”
Draft 8’-3”
Displacement 836,000 lbs
Hull Type Displacement Hull
Construction Steel Hull, Aluminum Superstructure
Main Engines 2 x Caterpillar C32

Dorade - Design 7

Here are a couple of nice shots of Dorade taken up in Penobscot Bay 2 years ago during racing. Here she is flying all of her canvas. The boat is surprisingly fast.

Chubasco - Design 255

This is one of the grand dames of the design archives. Built by Wilmington Boat Works of California for William L. Stewart she was launched in 1939. Through two owner's she's been a major player in the Southern California racing scene her whole life. Her race record is extensive.

This picture is worth a thousand words. Inscribed on the back of this photograph are the words "Chubasco leading Baruna and Bolero across the finish line in San Fransisco", 1960.

Here are the plans.

In 1966 "Chubby" as she is affectionately known, underwent a major refit and was converted from a yawl to a sloop.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 67'-3"
LWL 46'-6"
Beam 13'-10"
Draft 9'-2"
Displacement 73,000 lbs
Sail Area 2,051 sq ft

More on She 31

As a follow up to my previous posting, here's Mitch Gibbons-Neff our then company president at the ceremony of the relaunch of a She 31. Below is an image with Olin Stephens, Mitch and who I assume is the owner of this boat.

I believe I recognize this as Stamford Yacht Club, Stamford, Connecticut. The year is 1999. Olin was 91 at the time.

More About Design 1899 - She 31

As a follow up to my posting of Friday, February 18, the 1899 design was utilized in another boat model. Shown here is the She 31, built by South Hants Marine of the U.K.

The boats are very similar with some slight differences. The general arrangement for the She 31 is different than the I.W. 31. Here it is.

Here's a brand new boat about to launch.

In addition the 9-5 "Traveller" was developed. This boat is oriented more for cruising with a bit more lavish accommodations. Here's an early brochure. Please double click for readable view.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 30'-5"
LWL 22'-0"
Beam 8'-10"
Draft 5'-6"
Displacement 7,750 lbs
Sail Area 342 sq ft
Ballast 3,520 lbs

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Olin & Rod on Constellation - Design 1773

This image of Olin and Rod aboard the 12-meter Constellation has been rolling around the office forever. Some smart-aleck has hand written a caption at the bottom of the image "Gee look, it's hollow". By the looks of the handwriting I suspect Frank Kinney, the comedienne.

Constellation was built by the Minneford Yacht Yard of City Island, New York and launched in 1964. She is constructed of double planked mahogany over oak frames.

She was designed to be an improvement on the very successful Columbia. Although an America's Cup winner, in early testing her performance was lackluster. A change of skippers made all of the difference. She easily won the Cup by defeating the British 4-0. As allowed by the rule (Third International Rule) she sported titanium mast tip, boom and winches.

The boat subsequently made her home in Monaco under new ownership and for a time was used as a trial horse for a French syndicate, then off to England where she was a trial horse for a British challenger team. The last we heard she sank while under tow off of Turkey in the '80s.

Here's the sail plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 68'-4"
LWL 45'-6"
Beam 12'-3"
Draft 8'-10"
Displacement 60,928 lbs
Sail Area 1,830 sq ft

Design 2701 - Cape Horn 81' Explorer

Here is an instance where we were hired to provide exterior styling (only) to improve an older design, in this case built by the Cape Horn Trawler Company. The image below is right after launch and she is floating quite high. This boat is a very rugged world cruiser.

Here she has just been launched, is quite light and floating quite high.

Here is the general arrangement but again this is not our work. I include it for information's sake.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 81'-0"
Beam 22'-6"
Draft 7'-6"
Displacement 360,000 lbs