Saturday, March 12, 2011

Palynodie - Design 1673

Here is a boat that is very well regarded and I would say one of Olin's favorites. She was built in France by the Eduard Chabert Shipyard of Marseilles for the Mayor of Marseilles, Gaston Defferre, and launched in 1962. She has a very small keel area resulting in low wetted surface and proved quick in light air. She was most likely a handful in heavy weather, in terms of directional stability downwind and most especially with spinnaker set.

Here are the plans.

The boat was later modified separating the rudder from the keel. Here's an image of that modification. I'm going to surmise that the reason for this modification was in great part due to the directional stability issues I mention above.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 39'-11"
LWL 28'-9"
Beam 10'-1"
Draft 6'-6"
Displacement 16,950 lbs
Ballast 7,445 lbs
Sail Area 690 sq ft

Design 1812 - Whistler of Paget

I am not in the office at the moment so will check on Monday to see if I can find any images of this boat. I like the interesting deckhouse and window treatment of this profile.

The yacht was designed for a member of the Trimingham family of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. She was built by W. A. Souter & Sons of Cowes, England and launched in 1965. The boat was built using cold molded methodology. The stem and backbone are of Canadian rock elm as are the frames and the laminated planking of mahogany. The construction method proved light and quite stiff.

She was design to rate well under the C.C.A. Rule but also rated well under the R.O.R.C. Rating Rule. She made a good showing her first time out and won the Vanity Cup during Cowes Week 1965. She also made a good showing in the Fastnet Race of that year.

Here is the general arrangement plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 38'-4"
LWL 27'-6"
Beam 10'-3"
Draft 5'-11"
Displacement 16,384 lbs
Ballast 7,500 lbs
Sail Area 651 sq ft

Friday, March 11, 2011

Design 2103 - Anjacaa

This centerboard sloop was built of aluminum by Palmer Johnson and launched in 1972. The design brief was for an I.O.R. rated racer with comfortable accommodations and reasonable draft. The boat was designed for Arthur K. Watson, son of Thomas Watson of IBM. Arthur Watson would become president of IBM World Trace Corporation (subsidiary of IBM) and Ambassador to France from 1970-1972. It seems he died a couple of years after this boat was delivered to him.

I can't quite figure out why the main is reefed in these images.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 53'-0"
LWL 40'-0"
Beam 16'-0"
Draft 6'-9" (board up) 13'-11" (board down)
Displacement 41,446 lbs
Ballast 17,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,324 sq ft

Design 2481 - Tartan 40

An owner was nice enough to send us this great shot of his Tartan 40. So I thought we would say a few words about the design.

Designed in 1984 the Tartan 40 was the last of a long line of S&S designed Tartans over a 25 year relationship between designer and builder. From this point on all Tartan design was done in house by the builder.

The easiest way to describe this boat is as a cruiser/racer that leans more to the racer side. There is nothing radical about her, but she is fairly powered up. It's a nice boat and well loved by many owners.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 40'-3"
LWL 31'-7"
Beam 12'-9"
Draft 4'-9" (shoal keel) 7'-6" (deep keel)
Displacement 17,250 lbs
Ballast 7,600 lbs
Sail Area 727 sq ft

Southerly - Design 2100

This big aluminum centerboard ketch was built by Paul E. Luke of East Boothbay, Maine and launched in 1975. With her well protected center cockpit and accommodations split fore and aft she seems a perfect cruising yacht. Designed as such she surprised everyone by being a successful ocean racing yacht.

This is all we have in color and we glued two images together to get the whole boat.

Here are the plans.

I believe Southerly was the only aluminum yacht built to this design but I can see in the files two sisters were built of steel, somewhere up on the Great Lakes.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 55'-5"
LWL 42'-3"
Beam 14'-0"
Draft 5'-0" (board up) 9'-6" (board down)
Displacement 28,650 lbs
Ballast 11,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,204 sq ft

Design 2034 - Nefertiti

We have designed three boats for this client, two which have been built. She is a small ship. The client comes from a family business involved in shipping. Nefertiti was built by the Astilleras y Talleras Celaya Shipyard of Bilboa, Spain. She was launched in 1973.

Here is the general arrangement plan.

The boat has had two changes in ownership and now operates as a charter vessel, named Absinthe. Modern amenities have been added over the years and include a helicopter deck over the aft deck. Here's her current profile.

Principal Characteristics
LOA 201'-0"
LWL 174'-0"
Beam 31'-2"
Draft 9'-5"
Displacement 825 tons
Propulsion 2 x Caterpillar D399TA 12cyl Diesel
Total Combined 2,250 hp
Cruise Speed 15 knots
Max Range 6,000 nm at 11 knots
Steel Hull/Aluminum Superstructure

Jessica Watson

Here's a nice shot of Jessica Watson wearing her S&S Musto jacket. We gave her this jacket when she visited us in New York. This image is apparently from her promotion regarding her entry in the Sydney-Hobart Race this year. Click here to see our previous posting about Jessica. Thank you to the person who sent this image to us.

Here's a link to her website:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Design 1536 - Cleopatra

This beautiful sport fisherman was built by Freeport Point Shipyard of Long Island, New York. To my eye she really is a nice looking boat. The boat was designed for a J. Lakin Baldridge of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, and an avid fisherman. She was designed for day fishing and a rare overnighter.

She was constructed of white oak framing and mahogany planking and launched in November, 1959. Power is derived from twin GM 4-53 diesel engines generating 120 hp each and resulting in a top speed of 19 mph, and a cruising speed of 15 mph.

Here is a nice launch sequence for when the boat arrived in Bermuda.

Here are the plans.

And an article from Yachting magazine.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 38'-4"
LWL 35'-0"
Beam 11'-6"
Draft 2'-5"
Displacement 15,400 lbs

Design 1705 - Giralda

Two boats were built to this design: Giralda shown above (and below right) and Jan Pott III, both by highly respected builders. Giralda was built by Walsteds and Jan Pott III by Poul Molich, both of Denmark. Both were launched in 1964. They were designed specifically for ocean racing.

Here are the plans.

Principal Characteristics
LOA 52'-0"
LWL 37'-0"
Beam 12'-6"
Draft 7'-10"
Displacement 41,800 lbs
Ballast 16,960 lbs (Giralda) 16,000 lbs (Jan Pott III)
Sail Area 1,575 sq ft (Giralda) 1,257 sq ft (Jan Pott III)

Design 1698 - Clarion of Wight

Here's a boat with a very successful career both as a cruising boat and most especially as a racing yacht. She was built by Clare Lallow of Cowes, England and launched in the spring of 1963.

Her construction is a little different from the average S&S boat. The backbone and deadwood are made from Afromosa. Frames are of Canadian rock elm. Planking is double mahogany. Fasteners are of copper and clinched.

Let me see if I can get these facts correct: In the year she was launched she was selected to represent the British Admiral's Cup Team. She was successful in winning. She also won the Fastnet Race of that year, which was part of the Admiral's Cup Series.

The boat was subsequently modified and the rudder was detached from the keel and hung from a skeg. The original rudder was reduced in size and became a trim tab. Nice idea.

The boat continued to enjoy a successful racing career. It is believed that Sir Edward Heath was introduced to ocean racing aboard this boat and subsequently order the design of Morning Cloud (and more to follow).

Here are the plans.

Here's a fairly contemporary image from her current owner, taken in 2004. Thanks for sending it to us.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 43'-6"
LWL 30'-0"
Beam 10'-11"
Draft 6'-9"
Displacement 22,175 lbs
Ballast 11,250 lbs
Sail Area 725 sq ft

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Design 1939 - Bay Bea

I apologize that we don't have any better images of this yacht. Sometimes I'm just thankful we have any at all. This aluminum sloop was built by Palmer Johnson Yachts and launched in 1968. She is the second yacht designed for this client.

Her design reflects the trends of the time: short keel, trim tab, separate rudder and weight concentrated low and amidships. The interior is very spartan but well suited for long distance racing.

Here are the plans.

Two boats were built to this design. The other was completely flush decked and required 2" of additional freeboard to achieve the required headroom. Here's the sister, Aura.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 49'-2"
LWL 35'-0"
Beam 12'-0"
Draft 7'-4"
Displacement 32,800 lbs
Ballast 17,500 lbs
Sail Area 1,091 sq ft

Aluminum Yachts

There is something to be said for an aluminum yacht. This boat was hit by a fishing vessel and suffered fairly little damage as a result of the properties of aluminum. And the real beauty is that a new bow section can be fabricated and welded to the adjacent plate and structure.