Saturday, April 9, 2011

Design 208 - Weekender

Images Courtesy Mystic Seaport

This design is the earliest example of a "stock" design for mass market appeal that I can find in our archives. Introduced in 1937, 39 boats were built by George Lawley & Sons of Neponset, Massachusetts, with owners coming from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Texas.

The plans list an alternate "light air rig" with masthead rig and bowsprit.

Here's a copy of the original brochure. Double click for zoom.

It's a nice looking and practical boat. I can't find a record of what these boats sold for back in '37. My guess is to build this boat today of wood would cost ~$450,000.

Here are the plans.

Here's a typical construction section with drafting by Rod Stephens, Jr.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 35'-1"
LWL 27'-0"
Beam 9'-6"
Draft 5'-7"
Displacement 16,210 lbs
Ballast 6,750 lbs
Sail Area 596 sq ft

Friday, April 8, 2011

Design 1930 - Freya Class

This design is essentially an enlarged version of the highly successful Gaia Class design. The design features a separate keel and rudder and a trim tab on the after end of the keel. The trim tab was controlled by a smaller wheel within the steering wheel which can be seen on the attached inboard profile if one looks carefully but is more apparent on the construction plan at bottom. The boat was designed to rate under C.C.A., R.O.R.C. and also as a two-tonner.

Four boats were built to this design by Cantiere Benello of Italy. Construction is of fiberglass using sandwich construction and an Airex core. The boat was introduced in 1968.

Here are the plans. It looks like she would make a fine cruising boat.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 44'-9"
LWL 32'-6"
Beam 12'-4"
Draft 7'-0"
Displacement 22,345 lbs
Ballast 11,000 lbs
Sail Area 936 sq ft

Design 2765 - 80' Flush Deck Cruising Sloop

Its' clear that over the past 82 years the company has spent a fair amount of time creating conceptual designs. I can see them in the files as far back as 1934 but let's also remember that the very first design Olin Stephens had published was for a 6-meter concept which was published in Yachting magazine in 1928. This was prior to the incorporation of Sparkman & Stephens even. Here's a copy of that very first publication.

We still observe the practice of conceptual design to our own ideas today. This design is an 80' flush deck modern cruising boat. She is a 3 cabin boat, all with separate heads and showers, including a full beam master stateroom aft with private companionway. In addition to the steering cockpit there is a generous social cockpit amidships which is protected by a retractable bimini. Crew accommodations are in the peak with below deck access through the starboard guest stateroom.

This is a modern hull form with fine entry and beam carried well aft and a hard chine at the turn of the bilge from about station 8 and on aft to the transom. Modern sail handling is part of the package as is a carbon rig with swept spreaders. The result will be a fast, comfortable performance cruising boat with sea-kindly motion.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 80'-0"
LWL 72'-11"
Beam 20'-0"
Draft 10'-0"
Displacement 80,402 lbs
Sail Area 2,700 sq ft
Displacement/Length Ratio 92.57
Sail Area/Displacement Ratio 23.19

Adventuress - Design 1484

Adventuress was built by Norman H. Hodgdon, Jr. of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. She was penned by the talented Francis Kinney when he was with Sparkman & Stephens and launched in 1958. Construction is as typical: oak structure and single planked in mahogany. Fastenings are of Everdur.

The design is a descendant of the Gulf Stream 30 (design #1147), with a longer bow overhang and deeper draft.

Gulf Stream 30

Here are the plans.

Here's an article about the boat. Please double click for zoom.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 30'-1"
LWL 21'-11"
Beam 8'-1"
Draft 5'-0"
Displacement 7,700 lbs
Ballast 3,000 lbs (outside) 200 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 399 sq ft

Design 2143 - Ojala II

This is the second Ojala designed by S&S for this owner. I sure wish we had a sailing shot but I've looked and we don't. She is an all aluminum one-tonner built by the Royal Huisman shipyard of Holland in 1973 for racing in Italy. Forget the racing, she looks like a great cruising boat to me.

Here are the plans. It's a great looking set of plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 37'-11"
LWL 28'-3"
Beam 11'-6"
Draft 6'-3"
Displacement 14,850 lbs
Ballast 7,000 lbs
Sail Area 630 sq ft

Sparkman & Stephens Blog - Kindle Edition

The Sparkman & Stephens Blog has now been published to Kindle. No time to web surf? The Kindle Edition will give you full text content and images, and is updated wirelessly throughout the day. It will fully download onto your Kindle so you can read it even when you're not connected.

Click here for the link to the S&S Blog Kindle Store page. Please be advised that they charge a subscription fee of $1.99/month. We tried to eliminate this fee but it seems to be their default rate. I assume it's a handling fee. It's just the same if you are having say Sailing Scuttlebutt delivered to your Kindle.

Design 2162 - Beagle II

This robust looking trawler was built in Venezuela and launched in 1975. The design brief was for a strong, rugged hull with simple, straightforward construction (frames are sawn), deep Vee hull, ample flare and excellent natural ventilation plus all of the accoutrements one would expect to find on a fishing vessel: fish fighting chairs, fish freezer box, etc.

Please note the image above is during her shake down cruise and the boat is missing railings, navigation mast, tender and tender crane.

The boat seems to have a commercial finish which can be seen in this detailed image. Note the lack of fairing on the topsides.

Here is an image which shows the added railings, mast, tender and crane. We don't seem to have an overall profile shot of the completed boat.

Here are the plans.

And a few interior images.

Main Salon



The boat is powered by twin General Motors 12V71 diesels generating 480 hp each and turning 33" diameter wheels for a top speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots. Maximum range is 670 nm at 10 knots.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 65'-6"
LWL 58'-6"
Beam 18'-6"
Draft 5'-0"
Displacement 74,489 lbs

More About Roon II - Design 28

Last Thursday we posted an article about Roon II. We were pleased to receive a letter from her current owner. The boat is being fully restored at the Koehler Kraft Company of San Diego. Here's an excerpt from the letter that gives some interesting insight into her recent history:

..."I have never been able to find a picture of her in Kretzer's yard and your picture was a wonderful sight. You see I have restored her to her original condition. I was not sure about the font and the sign on her transom but your picture was perfect. I have it right!

You see she was a very forlorn looking "Wind Song" when I found her. She had been ignored for over 30 years. The before picture I have attached doesn't give one a true sense of how horrible she looked. I attended a wooden boat festival and there she was in the corner…her owners abandoning her. They were the third owner and got the boat by being crew for the 2nd owner. They are in their 80's now.

I saw the lines…. She was near the gang way and I hung over watching her, thinking to myself what a horrible shame. She is so pretty… Little did I know that she was for sale… No one wanted her. They assumed that she would need replanking/ refastening etc… I swear I saw her bow go up and down… It was not windy and it was not choppy… A typical July morning in Southern California overcast skies…

I have her original charts from 1934, her original lanterns and I was able to obtain her plans from Mystic Museum as your company released them and I paid the appropriate fees. I have restored her monel galley with a Shipmate 211 stove just as her plans stated.

I did the rig myself as Olin Stephens stated that all standing rigging was to be 1 x 19 wire spliced with large eyes to loop over the masts. No one wanted to do it…. They said it couldn't be done… Well my daughters and I learned how and we did it! I will put the rig on this weekend. Everything is pretty much the same. I did have to have the cap rail remade as it had lost too much wood. I also had to get new hatches as they had been kept together with some 5200. But one would not be able to tell the difference!

I sent an email of your site and her picture to all the many shipwrights who have worked on her and I was told that it was eery for them she looked like a ghost from the past as she is identical.

I contacted Koehler Kraft boat yard and they said you may use any of their photos. They are a wooden boat yard and have done a marvelous job working with me. This is indeed a special boat. I have a rough draft of the autobiography of R S Kellogg and two articles from 1934 and 1935 all discuss Roon II and the making of her. Apparently the Kelloggs went to Olin with 20 type written pages of what they wanted in a cruising boat. He told them he had not really done this type of thing but he worked with them. In other books Rod states that Roon II was a great indication that they could give the owner what they wanted and still provide a fast and stable boat. Her lines are gorgeous!

I can't wait to sail her. R. S Kelloggs unpublished autobiography stated that they took her to Cuba from New York every year. Funny when I first went into the boat I said "this is a woman's boat!" it all made sense inside and in the autobiography Kellogg states that his wife Janet stayed at the yard and made sure that Kretzer himself followed the plans for the inside as she designed it and Olin worked with her. I am so very excited!

Owner of Roon II (Olin did see the boat in its horrible condition and he remembered her… Alas I wish he could have seen her now)."

Thanks for contacting us.

Here's an image prior to her restoration.

You can access a slide show which shows her transformation by clicking here. I look forward to seeing some sailing shots in the near future.

Design 1366 - Cyane

How's this for a great sailing photograph? Nice looking boat. The boat was built by Jakobson of Oyster Bay, Long Island and launched in 1959. She was designed for Henry B. duPont. The design program included a two-model tank test program at the Stevens Institute of New Jersey.

The boat is constructed of aluminum.

Here are the plans.

Here are a couple of articles about the boat. Double click for zoom.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 46'-2"
LWL 32'-0"
Beam 10'-10"
Draft 6'-6"
Displacement 25,376 lbs
Ballast 9,500 lbs (outside) 500 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 957 sq ft

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Design 2253 - Tartan 37

The Tartan 37 was introduced in 1976 and was produced until 1989. They were well built boats that came at a reasonable price tag and offered modern styling and good performance and was offered in three different keel configurations: deep, shoal "Scheel keel", and centerboard.

Consider this for a moment: If we compare the Tartan 37 to Finisterre (the mother of all famous centerboard boats) the T37 is 15" shorter overall, has 6" more beam, is 3,000 lbs lighter and carries 1,200 lbs more ballast. She has less sail area than Finisterre (not if we discount the mizzen on Finisterre) but it is a much higher aspect ratio (and thus more efficient) rig.

She is a great performing boat and still represents a good value on the used boat market. Approximately 450 T37s were built during the production run.

Here are the plans for the centerboard version.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 37'-3"
LWL 29'-5"
Beam 11'-9"
Draft 6'-7" (deep draft keel) 4'-7" (shoal Scheel keel)
Draft Centerboard Model 4'-2" (board up) 7'-9" (board down)
Displacement 15,500 lbs
Ballast 7,500 lbs
Sail Area 625 sq ft

Design 1833 - Hilaria

A couple of weeks ago we posted an article about Hilaria, design #1014. This Hilaria is for the same owner, built 12 years later. Both boats are similar in appearance, layout and are built by the same shipyard: Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany. It's interesting that she is slightly smaller than his previous boat.

Where the first Hilaria was built of wood, this new Hilaria is constructed of aluminum. She was launched in 1966. A sistership was built in 1981.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 52'-10"
LWL 38'-6"
Beam 13'-6"
Draft 5'-10"
Displacement 45,945 lbs
Ballast 20,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,365 sq ft