Saturday, April 16, 2011

Design 1474 - Sorcery and Jubilee


This very attractive yawl was constructed of wood by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany and launched in 1959. The boat shown above is a sistership to Jubilee, the original boat built to this design, and called Sorcery.

Check out the "staysail spinnaker" flying from the mizzen on the images below. You don't see one of those every day.


Jubilee was designed and built for Francis D. Wetherill of Philadelphia. Wetherill was a world class competitive yachtsman. I believe this is his 3rd Jubilee. The boat proved fast and with it he placed 2nd in the 1960 Newport-Bermuda Race. In the biennial Annapolis-Bermuda Race he placed 4th in 1961, 3rd in 1963 and 4th in 1967 which was considered the roughest offshore yacht race held in U.S. waters up until that time.

While we don't have any sailing shots of Jubilee, here's a sequence of photos from the day of her launch.


Here are the plans.


And finally here's an article from the Skipper magazine about the boat.


Principal Characteristics
LOA 60'-4"
LWL 42'-6"
Beam 14'-2"
Draft 6'-0"
Displacement 61,600 lbs
Ballast 17,500 lbs (outside) 400 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 1,757 sq ft

Friday, April 15, 2011

Design 358 - 24' Sloop


Although it's a shame we don't have any images of this boat, we are thankful to have the plan set. Designed in our Boston office by the hand of K. Aage Nielsen, she is a beauty. Give me this boat, some provisions and a month's vacation and I would be very happy.

Built by Malcolm Brewer of East Boothbay, Maine, she was launched in 1940. It's uncanny how similar she is to design #160, Baltica but on a smaller scale. Simply chop the deckhouse off a few frames forward of the companionway hatch garage and shrink the hull and there you have it. And the boat has the same elegant feature that can be seen on the image of Baltica (zoom in for a better view), the coaming that surrounds the mast and is used as a halyard bin. It's a wonderful (and useful) styling element.

Here is the construction & general arrangement plan.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 23'-7"
LWL 18'-8"
Beam 7'-4"
Draft 2'-11"
Sail Area 252 sq ft

More About 2752 - 48' Sloop


Here are a couple of images of design 2752 after launching yesterday. Although the rig is not in the boat it's is still a good opportunity to check out the shapes.


Here is the general arrangement.


See the previous posting for more information.

Design 2278 - Su Shan


As I have mentioned before, we don't have good images of every design in our archives. The above image at least gives on a sense of proportion. Su Shan was constructed of aluminum by the Royal Huisman Shipyard of Holland and launched in 1977.

Here are the "designer's comments" from the time of her launch: This handsome craft is designed for a couple to cruise around the world with their teenage children. Because her owners want to cruise in shoal waters, she is a centerboarder. She is strongly built, and is roomy both below and on her flush decks.

The sides of her poop deck are rolled in like those of the last steel clipper ships. Being built of welded aluminum with closely spaced frames, she is both light and very strong.

She will not carry a spinnaker. For downwind sailing she will instead set twin jobs held out by two poles stowed on her mast. Her mainsail has a grommet and hose attachment located so as to catch rainwater.

Here's a shot of that downwind sailing arrangement.


These comments are from her owner at the time of launch: Many years of study and thought by us of the design criteria for long distance, economical, as well as high performance cruising went into the specification and layout of this vessel.

Sparkman & Stephens combined the latest design and construction techniques as well as the latest hydrodynamics. We feel that the designer's efforts added to our original planning, so that we ended up with a bat exactly as we intended.

Here is an image of her deck. Note the rubber non-skid instead of teak.


And finally notice how nicely the clipper bow lends itself to the anchor handling getting the anchor well out in front of the bow without the need for any special anchor bracket.


Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 50'-7"
LWL 40'-0"
Beam 14'-8"
Draft 5'-9" (board up) 10'-6" (board down)
Displacement 46,312 lbs
Ballast 17,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,276 sq ft

Design 2434 - 175' 3-Masted Schooner


This design was done for George Nicholson and I have to assume that this is the George Nicholson from Camper & Nicholsons, boat builders. A fairly complete preliminary plan package was created. This must have been done for a potential client of Camper & Nicholsons.

Here is the general arrangement & inboard profile.


An alternate outboard profile was done, shown here.


Work done on this design must surely have been used as a basis for design #2533.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 175'-8"
LWL 140'-0"
Beam 31'-6"
Draft 12'-0"
Displacement 893,420 lbs
Ballast 123,200 lbs
Sail Area 8,201 sq ft

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Design 12 - Brilliant


The schooner Brilliant was designed and built for Walter Barnum based on a notoriously rigorous design brief. Here are a couple of points from the brief:
1. Capable of being rolled over in a hurricane and coming up again with hull, and deck opening covers intact.
2. To lie to steadily in a full gale and in a heavy sea.
3. To have a rudder and steering gear as nearly unbreakable as possible including some kind of friction or spring at rudder head to take jars of seas when hove to.
4. To have lower masts stepped and stayed to stand any conceivable strain that might be placed upon them short only perhaps of a complete capsizing.
5. To be as heavily timbered, planked and decked as is reasonably possible.
6. Quality and number of fastenings to be maximum consistent with good practice.
7. Nothing left undone to eliminate possibility of rot anywhere.
8. Ventilation of bilges, lockers, etc. to be given full study to attain best and most certain possible system using natural ventilation rather than mechanical circulation.
9. Every piece of material, whether wood or metal, to be literally perfect for the use intended.
10. To be as fast and weatherly as possible, consistent with all of the above.
11. To be as handsome as possible consistent with all of above.
12. Hull and rig design to be in no way adversely affected by any accommodation requirement.

The boat was built in 1931 for a cost of $100,000 by Henry B. Nevins of City Island. Although Barnum strictly told Rod and Olin in no uncertain terms that he did not want a racing yacht, the boat has a long history of winning silver. It is well recorded that in 1933 Brilliant sailed across the Atlantic from the Nantucket Lightship to Bishop Rock in 15 days, 1 hour and 23 minutes.

Brilliant at the Time of Her Launch

The boat is now the flagship of the Mystic Seaport and used for sail training. She is well suited for the purpose and well loved. If you ever want to see a well preserved example of classic boat building I encourage you to stop and have a look at her.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 61'-5"
LWL 49'-0"
Beam 14'-8"
Draft 8'-10"
Displacement 94,080 lbs
Sail Area 2,500 sq ft (working SA) 3,750 sq ft (max SA)

Design 1508 - Columbia 29


The Columbia 29 was introduced in 1961 by the Glas Laminates Company of California. The model was so successful that the company decided to use the Columbia name for a brand of boats and Columbia Sailing Yachts was formed. Over 300 units were built between 1961-1969.

Here are the plans.


A Mark II version was introduced in 1967. Changes were generally cosmetic although 1,000 lbs of ballast was added. Here's an article that explains.


Here are a couple of interior images of a Mark I boat.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 28'-6"
LWL 22'-6"
Beam 8'-0"
Draft 4'-0"
Displacement 7,400 lbs (Mark I) 8,400 lbs (Mark II)
Ballast 3,120 lbs (Mark I) 4,100 lbs (Mark II)
Sail Area 382 sq ft


Rod Stephens, Jr. - Don't Underestimate the Mizzen


Here's a brief article by Rod Stephens from what I believe is Sail magazine from 1982. Please double click for zoom.

Ebb Tide - Design 2480


This is one of the grand dames in the archives. Ebb Tide was constructed in aluminum by the Royal Huisman Shipyard of Holland and launched in 1986. Her interior was designed by Pieter Beeldsnijder.

Here are the plans.


Here is an article about the boat. Please double click for a bigger, readable view.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 85'-4"
LWL 69'-0"
Beam 19'-5"
Draft 9'-10"
Displacement 120,400 lbs
Ballast 38,500 lbs
Sail Area 3,612 sq ft


Zingaro - Design 2642


Zingaro was built of aluminum by Derecktor Shipyard of Mamaroneck, New York and launched in 2001.


Here are the plans.


It is interesting that the owner's cabin is located amidships, where the pitching motion is much reduced than if located against the after bulkhead which is the generally accepted location.


And an article from Showboats magazine from 2001 that tells the story. Please double click for readable view.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 111'-7"
LWL 91'-10"
Beam 24'-9"
Draft 13'-0"
Displacement 213,587 lbs
Ballast 60,000 lbs
Sail Area 4,370 sq ft