Saturday, April 2, 2011

Design 1949 - Ragamuffin

This 49' racing sloop was constructed in 1969 by Quilkey Brothers of Sydney, Australia. She was designed for the legendary Syd Fischer. In her first year she was selected as the team boat for the Australian Admiral's Cup. She went on to race in the 1971 and 1973 Admiral's Cup Races. In addition she has had a pretty impressive racing career elsewhere winning for example the 1971 Fastnet Race. She has competed in 21 Sydney to Hobart Races.

Under her current ownership she has been renamed Margaret Rintoul II and has continued with racing success. She is considered by some to be the most famous racing yacht ever built in Australia. From the looks of some current images she seems to be in "mint" condition.

Here are a couple of interior shots.

Main Salon


The protection from this hard dodger is fantastic, created by simply running the house aft beyond the deckhouse.

Thanks to whoever took these great images.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 48'-8"
LWL 36'-0"
Beam 12'-6"
Draft 7'-9"
Displacement 30,654 lbs
Ballast 16,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,060 sq ft

Friday, April 1, 2011

Design 1205-C1 - Maruca

If anyone has ever trolled around in a sportfish they have probably experienced unpleasant rolling at one time or another. This unique sportfisherman was designed with a small sailplan whose primary purpose was steadying. I could imagine in certain conditions one could troll under sail power along. What a joy that would be: complete silence and no diesel fumes. The crow's nest is also helpful for spotting fish. She was built by Freeport Point Shipyard in Long Island for a Venezuelan client. It's interesting that she is American flagged.

Features include twin spade (and balanced) rudders, a refrigerated fishwell, fighting chairs and outriggers. Power is derived from twin 3-cylinder G.M. diesels producing a top speed of 10 knots and a cruising range of 550 nautical miles. She was launched in 1957.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 46'-6"
LWL 43'-4"
Beam 14'-7"
Draft 4'-1"
Displacement 50,625 lbs
Ballast 1,800 lbs (outside) 500 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 653 sq ft

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Design 1969 - Running Tide

It could be said that Running Tide is the most successful racing yacht to come from the boards of Sparkman & Stephens. Bermuda Races, S.O.R.C. Races, Storm Trysail Club Week winner, Miami to Palm Beach winner, Annapolis-Newport Race winner, the list goes on and on. Well over 200 trophies have been won with this boat.

Running Tide was launched in 1970, a year prior to the adoption of the I.O.R. Rule. She was still completely competitive for years. The hull was built of aluminum by Walter Huisman of Holland and then it was shipped to America and finished by Kretzer Boat Works of City Island. She was designed as an all out racing yacht. A great part of the success of Running Tide was an experienced owner and crew and a willingness to constantly upgrade the boat to keep her competitive.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 60'-7"
LWL 45'-0"
Beam 14'-3"
Draft 9'-0"
Displacement 52,250 lbs
Ballast 25,500 lbs
Sail Area 1,515 sq ft

Design 160 - Baltica

Here's another from the hand of A. Aage Nielsen from our short lived Boston office. It's a pretty boat. The guy just drew a nice set of lines. I like the small coaming around the mast for line storage. I also think it's a great layout with the galley forward against the toilet room bulkhead.

Here is the general arrangement plan.

Here's an article from Rudder magazine, circa 1937. Double click for zoom.

The boat was recently discovered sitting on the hard in Brooklyn, New York a few years back, ready for the scrap heap. Our understanding is that someone purchased her and she is undergoing a full restoration.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 38'-5"
LWL 29'-0"
Beam 10'-2"
Draft 5'-5"

Design 2032 - Toogooloowoo V

This 6-meter was designed and built in 1970 by William Barnett of Sydney, Australia. Toogie V as she is known is a smaller relative of the 12-meter Valiant, designed at the same time. I believe the shortcomings of Valiant probably carried over to this boat as Olin readily admitted he pushed the idea of reducing wetted surface too far and relied a bit too heavily on tank test results rather than experience, intuition and good old common sense. The boat must be a bear downwind.

Construction is of wood: frames of Danish ash, double planking of mohagany, fasteners of Monel. Ballast is a whopping 80% of total displacement.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 33'-2"
LWL 24'-5"
Beam 6'-2"
Draft 5'-7"
Displacement 10,059 lbs
Ballast 8,033 lbs
Sail Area 485 sq ft

Design 28 - Roon II

This design takes us back to 1934. She was built by Kretzer Boat Works of City Island, New York. This is a very traditional cruising ketch.

Here are the plans.

Here's a nice construction section. Please double click for zoom.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 38'-6"
LWL 32'-3"
Beam 11'-4"
Draft 5'-4"
Ballast 9,300 lbs
Sail Area 815 sq ft

Design 2055 - Northern Light

This big yawl was designed for Alfred Lee Loomis, Jr., a famous yachtsman and financier. He was an Olympic sailor and won a gold metal in the 6-meter class, sailing S&S design #806, Llanoria. He was also an America's Cup winner, sailing S&S design #2085, Courageous. His father was also an extremely accomplished man, among other credits to his name, remember LORAN? It stands for Loomis Radio Navigation. Click here to read more about the father Loomis.

In any event, this beautiful yacht was built as his cruising boat by Frans Maas, Ltd and launched in 1971.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 61'-3"
LWL 42'-6"
Beam 15'-7"
Draft 8'-8"
Displacement 52,592 lbs
Ballast 17,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,650 sq ft

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Design 2273 - Flyer

This boat was designed for the Whitbread Round the World Race of 1977. Everything about her is primarily to create the best possible combination of seaworthiness and speed through the oceans under sail. Good habitability for a company of eleven aboard is apparent in general arrangement. Special care was taken to ensure dry sleeping for all hands.

Flyer won the race over 14 competitors that year.

She was built by Jachtwerf W. Huisman of Holland prior to their being awarded Royal Huisman status. The boat was launched in 1977. She is constructed of aluminum.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 65'-2"
LWL 49'-9"
Beam 16'-4"
Draft 10'-0"
Displacement 55,300 lbs
Ballast 25,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,827 sq ft

Design 150 - Elizabeth McCaw

Earlier today we posted about the S&S model collection at St. Francis Yacht Club of San Fransisco. Here's one of the other models, sailing yacht Elizabeth McCaw. She is a fixture of West Coast yachting, and is now called Athene. Built for the tobacco giant R. J. Reynolds, she was built by Henry B. Nevins of City Island, New York and launched in 1937.

Image Courtesy of Benjamin Mendlowitz

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 63'-4"
LWL 45'-0"
Beam 13'-8"
Draft 8'-0"
Displacement 68,500 lbs
Ballast 24,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,840 sq ft

Design 654 - 14' Sailing Dinghy

This plan is a little fuzzy because we scanned a microfiche plate that we have in our archives rather than ask Mystic Seaport to pull out these plans and send us a fresh copy. You can still get a good impression of what this boat looks like. It's a very nice little sailing dinghy, designed in 1945. Sadly this is one of those designs we have no images of.

I really like the fact there is no deck, just a widened gunnel from about station 7 on forwards.

This would make a good home build project.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 14'-0"
LWL 13'-9"
Beam 5'-2"
Draft 4'-5"

Even More About Fairwyn - Design 1061

As a further follow up to a couple of postings we have made regarding Fairwyn, the owner was nice enough to send us this lovely image. What's not to like about this scene? He tells us this was taken in Old Bay in Newfoundland.

Gesture - Design 381

Image Courtesy Mystic Seaport Museum

This very simple sloop was built by the Quincy Adams Yacht Yard and launched in 1941. Note how simple her rig is: fractional and no jumper stays. The mast was originally designed in aluminum but after trouble obtaining the spar a wooden mast was built.

The design brief called for a yacht that could withstand any conditions. She is heavily built with Monel web frames (around the mast) and mast step.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 57'-4"
LWL 40'-0"
Beam 12'-7"
Draft 8'-2"
Sail Area 1,454 sq ft

Design 291 - Good News

Our friends from the St. Francis Yacht Club of San Fransisco sent us this image of a model of Good News. This is a museum quality model that adds nicely to their collection. I have chosen the image above which is just when the model was nearing completion as you can see the level of detail and finish and it's easier to see without the Lexan case. The completed model has the full rig.

St. Francis has similar models of the following S&S boats:
Design #7, Dorade (1931 Rig)
Design #7, Dorade (1936 Rig)
Design # 59, Santana
Design #150, Elizabeth McCaw
Design #222, Baruna
Design #255, Chubasco
Design #711, Bolero
Design #1157, Alpha
Design #1265, Cordonazo
Design # 1713, Kialoa II

These are all well known West Coast racers.

Good News

Here are the plans.

Here's a fantastic plan entitled "Typical Sail Combinations for Ocean Racing". It clearly shows the flexibility of the yawl rig. Double click for zoom.

Good News was built by Nevins and launched in 1939.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 64'-6"
LWL 45'-0"
Beam 15'-5"
Draft 8'-10"
Displacement 65,843 lbs
Ballast 28,769 lbs
Sail Area 1,841 sq ft

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Phoenix - 64' Commuter - Design 145

Last week we posted an article about Phoenix and a major price reduction to $250,000. Today we were instructed by her owner to reduce her price further - to $199,000. This reflects his keen desire to sell her. This is the last known example of an S&S commuter in existence. This is a great project boat.

Here are some detail shots of when she was new.

Click here for the full listing.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 64'-0"
LWL 63'-4"
Beam 12'-6"
Draft 3'-6"