Friday, May 6, 2011

Design 27 - Stormy Weather

This is clearly one of the favorites in our archives. This is most likely due to the fact that on numerous occasions Olin Stephens stated that this was his favorite Sparkman & Stephens design.

Stormy Weather was tank tested at the Stevens Institute in a swimming pool, even before the official towing tank was open. She was an improvement the Dorade design. Built by Henry Nevins of City Island, New York, she was launched in 1934.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 53'-11"
LWL 39'-9"
Beam 12'-6"
Draft 7'-11"
Displacement 44,800 lbs
Sail Area 1,332 sq ft

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Design 1806 - Helua

This smart looking motorsailer was built of aluminum by the Burger Boat Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She was launched in 1966. She's a big boat, especially for 1966 and one can sense the start of the modern luxury yacht and associated equipment we expect today: complete air conditioning throughout, pressure water system including fresh water wash-down on deck, washer-dryer and extensive electronics for navigation. Galley equipment includes electric stove, garbage disposal and commercial refrigerator. The electrical system is 110 volt provided by two generators.

The sophistication of her electrical system is not surprising considering her owner was Uncas A. Whitaker. Whitaker had a degree in electrical engineering from M.I.T. He was the founder of AMP Incorporated (Aircraft-Marine Products), the world's largest maker of electrical devices and connectors at the time.

Auxiliary power is provided by a single G.M. 71 diesel generating 320 hp at 2,300 rpm. Cruising range under power is 1,300 nautical miles.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 72'-6"
LWL 57'-4"
Beam 17'-2"
Draft 5'-7"
Displacement 103,600 lbs
Ballast 20,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,804 sq ft

Design 675 - Taltohna

Here's an interesting design that was heavily influenced by her owner, being an industrial designer himself. This is another example of a boat that was designed strictly as a cruising boat showing herself to be a good racing yacht, for example she is a 2 time winner of the Chicago to Mackinac Race.

Taltohna was built of wood by Sturgeon Bay Boat Works of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and launched in 1946.

Here are the plans.

Please note that the sail plan shows her as a ketch yet the image below shows her as a sloop. I have no information about when or why this change was made.

Here's an interesting article. Please double click for zoom.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 45'-2"
LWL 33'-0"
Beam 11'-0"
Draft 6'-3"
Displacement 28,900 lbs
Ballast 10,011 lbs
Sail Area 1,072 sq ft

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Design 2758 - 25' Center Console

Here's an image from last Friday. We were up doing formal sea trials on the 25' center console nearing completion at Brooklin Boat Yard of Brooklin, Maine. All went well. We're only awaiting the canvas work now and the boat will be delivered to her owner.

The boat is built using cold molded Epoxy construction methods. The finish is yacht quality with many custom details such as the heavy cast stainless steel rail chocks you can see fairly well on the image below. Here's another example: This is a custom deck scupper. The sea horse is the same as can be found on our logo, extracted from the anchor.

Here are the plans.

Power is provided by a single Yanmar 6BY2-220 inline 6-cylinder marine diesel generating 220 hp at 4,000 rpm for a top speed of 28 knots. She is turning a 4-bladed 17" diameter propeller.

For those who might be wondering it would cost ~$295,000 to build a sister to this boat.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 25'-0"
LWL 23'-0"
Beam 8'-11"
Draft 2'-8"
Displacement 6,430 lbs

Design 1679 - Sequoia II

Here's another of the motorsailer type. If you have looked through this blog site at all you will note there are quite a few designs of this specific kind. There are over 50 to be exact, from design #21, Tamerlane launched in 1933 through design #2725, Nazenin V launched in 2009.

This particular boat was built by Henry C. Grebe & Co. of Chicago, Illinois. She was launched in 1963. She is constructed in typical S&S fashion: double planked in mahogany over cedar with white oak framing and backbone and Everdur fasteners.

Propulsion is derived from twin G.M. marine diesels generating 85 hp each for a top speed under power of 10 knots. The boat was one of the first of its kind (at least as designed by this office) to have a fully integrated air conditioning and heating systems.

Here are the plans.

Here are some interior images.


Master Stateroom



Principal Dimensions
LOA 53'-5"
LWL 43'-4"
Beam 14'-6"
Draft 4'-3"
Displacement 52,750 lbs
Ballast 5,500 lbs
Sail Area 1,220 sq ft

Design 116 - Redhead

Here is another design that can be traced to a long line of earlier designs including Dorade (design #7), Stormy Weather (design #27), Edlu I (design #35), Avanti (design #85), and Sonny (design #94), although she's bigger. She was built by Robert Jacob of City Island, New York and launched in 1936.

Here are the plans.

Here's an early article. Double click for zoom.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 59'-6"
LWL 42'-0"
Beam 13'-4"
Draft 8'-4"

Design 1925 - Captiva

This big steel cruising yacht was built by the Scheepswerf Gebr Kok Shipyard of Muiden, Holland. She was launched in 1969. The images shown are of her sister, Legend, built to the same design.

The following design review tells the story better than I can. It also included comments from the designers. Please double click for zoom.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 52'-10"
LWL 40'-0"
Beam 14'-1"
Draft 6'-9"
Displacement 53,800 lbs
Ballast 14,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,309 sq ft

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Aquila - Design 1212

This is a great looking little centerboarder. The boat was built of wood by the Matthiessen & Paulsen Yacht Yard - Und Bootswerf of Arnis Schlei, Germany. She was launched in 1956.

She was designed and built for the Ellis Drier Company of Chicago and has a respectable racing record from racing there.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 40'-0"
LWL 27'-6"
Beam 11'-3"
Draft 3'-11"
Displacement 18,750 lbs
Sail Area 740 sq ft

Design 1771 - C2 - Chris Craft Pawnee 26

Over this past weekend I posted an article about the Chris Craft Capri 26. Like other Chris Craft models, the Pawnee was a further development of an existing model, and using the Capri hull mold. She is a roomier sister to the Capri 26, designed for true family cruising.

Here is the sail and arrangement plan.

Here's a copy of the brochure. Please double click for zoom.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 26'-3"
LWL 20'-0"
Beam 8'-2"
Draft 4'-0"
Displacement 4,075 lbs
Ballast 1,900 lbs
Sail Area 340 sq ft

Design 1968 - Galatea Class

This production yacht was built by the Mariver Shipyard of Bologna, Italy. The boats were built of fiberglass. They were designed to the R.O.R.C. Rule, the design identical to a one-off named Moby Dick III. The prototype was launched in 1969 and the production run began a year later. Available in both sloop and yawl configurations, both sail plans are shown below.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 39'-10"
LWL 29'-6"
Beam 11'-0"
Draft 6'-8"
Displacement 16,221 lbs
Ballast 7,800 lbs
Sail Area 723 sq ft (sloop) 788 sq ft (yawl)

Design 121 - Pequino

This design takes us back to 1936. It is a very early motorsailer design, built at the M. M. Davis & Son Shipyard of Solomons Island, Maryland.

It's an interesting general arrangement. The steering station is in fact just abaft the mast in the superstructure just over the main weather deck. The raised portion of the deckhouse is where I would have expected to find it. Upon close inspection the upper portion of the deckhouse is in fact the galley. I can't imagine why they would have given the paid hand the best view in the house!

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 60'-6"
LWL 57'-6"
Beam 16'-8"
Draft 6'-3"

Monday, May 2, 2011

Design 1819 - Pieces of Eight

Here's one of the mystery projects in the archives. Normally we would expect to find a small scale study file folder with letter size copies of plans, articles, etc. in our "small scale" drawers. In addition we would expect to find a photograph or two in our "photos files". Not so for this boat.

It is not until we go physically looking through the rolls of plans do we come across some of these designs. The plans that are generally poorly documented are the powerboat files for some reason I can't explain.

I was even more surprised to find the boat had been built by Robert E. Derecktor, of wood. She was designed and built for Arvard Fuller, son of the founder of Fuller Brush Company. Reviewing the files I can see that Mr. Fuller was a repeat customer, also with some well known and interesting boats such as Diogones, design #1534. The boat was launched in 1965.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 47'-7"
LWL 45'-10"
Beam 12'-1"
Draft 1'-9"
Displacement 18,678 lbs