Saturday, May 21, 2011

Design 774 - Columbia Launch


This utility launch was designed and built for WCBS, the key station of the Columbia Broadcasting Company of New York. She was built by the Freeport Point Shipyard of Freeport, New York and launched in 1948. The boat was designed to carry personnel and equipment from the Westchester mainland to Columbia Island off of New Rochelle, New York, site of the WCBS transmitter.


She was constructed of wood but with steel plates forward to break the light ice that might have been encountered in Long Island Sound. She was powered by a single 200 hp General Motors diesel which would propel her to a speed of 11 knots. Equipment included a ship-to-shore radio and 500 gallons of fresh water to supply the island.


She was extremely robust, seaworthy and spacious. She was penned by the very talented Al Mason.



Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 38'-1"
LWL 35'-0"
Beam 12'-7"
Draft 3'-6"

Friday, May 20, 2011

Design 2381-C1 and C2 - Unknown and Ngaruru


Earlier I posted an article about design #2381, racing yacht Challenge. This design was also utilized for two other boats, designs #2381-C1 and C2. Let's start with design #2381-C2. She is a near duplicate of Challenge, but built of wood using cold-molded Epoxy methods by Muir of New Zealand and launched in 1980. She is named Ngaruru and is seen in these images.


Principal Dimensions for #2381-C2
LOA 45'-8"
LWL 36'-7"
Beam 14'-4"
Draft 8'-0"
Displacement 25,729 lbs
Ballast 10,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,069 sq ft

Design #2381-C1 was a completely different boat with a cruising interior. The only things that were utilized about this design were the hull, appendages and rig. Even the drive-line is different. Her transom was changed slightly which resulted in a longer overall length but otherwise her hull is identical. I can't find a record of her name but she was built of aluminum by McMullen & Wing, Ltd. of New Zealand. She was also launched in 1980.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions for #2381-C1
LOA 46'-2"
LWL 36'-7"
Beam 14'-4"
Draft 8'-0"
Displacement 23,830 lbs
Ballast 10,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,062 sq ft

Design 2381 - Challenge


This I.O.R. racing yacht was designed and built for famous Australian sailor Lou Abrahams. He is a repeat client for Sparkman & Stephens. The boat was constructed of aluminum by Maas Brothers of Melbourne, Australia. She was launched in 1979.

This article tells the story better than I can. Please double click for zoom.


Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 45'-8"
LWL 36'-7"
Beam 14'-4"
Draft 8'-0"
Displacement 23,000 lbs
Ballast 10,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,067 sq ft

Laughing Gull - Design 844


This beautiful yawl was designed and built for Percy Chubb of Chubb Insurance fame. Chubb would have numerous S&S designed boats during his lifetime. Laughing Gull was built by the Jakobson Shipyard of Oyster Bay, New York. She was launched in 1950.

Here are the plans.


Here's an article from The Rudder magazine from 1949. Please double click to zoom.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 44'-3"
LWL 30'-0"
Beam 10'-8"
Draft 6'-0"
Displacement 26,146 lbs
Ballast 9,500 lbs (outside) 300 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 888 sq ft

Design 2752 - 48' Spirit of Tradition

Image Courtesy of Cabot Lyman

Here's a great images taken of our new 48' Spirit of Tradition sloop. Click here for more information about this boat.

Check out this pedestal detail.

Designs 864 and 920 - Coastal Feeder Vessels


These cargo vessels were designed for the Farrel Lines to carry baled latex on a short coastwise run in West Africa for trans-shipment overseas. They are shallow draft, twin screw vessels fitted with twin rudders. According to the design brief good seagoing qualities and maneuverability were a must due to a dangerous bar that needed to be negotiated on their regular run. No cargo handling gear was fitted as all cargo was loaded and unloaded by shore facilities.

Three vessels were built of varying length named Mesurado, Farmington and Cestos launched in 1949, 1950 and 1951 respectively. The vessels were built by the John H. Mathis Shipyard of Camden, New Jersey and delivered to Africa on their own bottoms. The transatlantic trip took approximately 30 days.


The only difference I can see between the boats (and designs 864 and 920) was overall length.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 123'-6"
LWL 120'-0"
Beam 28'-6"
Draft 4'-6"
Cargo Capacity 150 tons

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Design 790 - Kinnereth


Here's a husky looking sport fish, built by the Camden Shipbuilding & Marine Railway Company of Camden, Maine and launched in 1948.


She is powered by twin Hall-Scott Invader gasoline engines generating 275 hp each. They are directly driving 3-bladed 21" propellers. According to her speed trials she achieved a top speed of 18.6 knots. Here's what a Hall-Scott Invader looks like.


Here are the plans.


A brief article about the boat. Please double click for zoom.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 49'-9"
LWL 47'-0"
Beam 13'-4"
Draft 3'-6"
Displacement 36,340 lbs

Design 252 - Sirocco


Sirocco was built by Taylor of Hobart, Tasmania and launched in 1938. She was built for the then vice-commodore of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. Here's a newspaper clipping from the day of her launch.


Here are the plans. I will draw your attention the fact both the Sail Plan and Construction Plan were drawn by Rod Stephens. The Construction Plan is probably the most detailed plan I have seen from Rod's hand. Also note the mention of a very early feathering propeller.


Some interior images.


She has been converted to a sloop in 1947 as noted over the boom on the Sail Plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 44'-3"
LWL 30'-2"
Beam 10'-7"
Draft 6'-0"

More on 25' Center Console - Design 2758


The canvas is finally going aboard. She should be finished soon. Click here for more details.

37' LOA - Pegasus


Last year we posted an article about a new line of commuters. We've had a lot of interest in these boats. Here's the smallest of the line, Pegasus. Here are some potential general arrangements.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 36'-11"
LWL 35'-9"
Beam 11'-1"
Draft 5'-0"
Displacement 22,000 lbs (1/2 load)

Design 1836 - Kim


A blog reader asked us to post information about this boat so here you go. Kim was built of aluminum by the famed Abeking & Rasmussen Shipyard of Germany and launched in 1967. She was designed as a cruising boat and her heavy displacement might reveal that fact. She was designed well equipped with mechanical refrigeration, pressure water, hot water system and generous batteries for her house bank.

She is now called Night Watch as she was when the image above was snapped in the British Virgin Islands.

Here are the plans. Please note the "kicker" above the rudder in the arrangement plan (inboard profile view).


Principal Dimensions
LOA 54'-8"
LWL 37'-6"
Beam 13'-4"
Draft 7'-7"
Displacement 41,930 lbs
Ballast 18,500 lbs
Sail Area 1,836 sq ft

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

More on M65 - Design 2759


Last fall we announced the new M65 designed for Morris Yachts. Here are a couple of renderings based on our 3D model.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 65'-0"
LWL 46'-10"
Beam 16'-0"
Draft 8'-0"
Displacement 58,000 lbs
Ballast 21,000 lbs
Sail Area 2,147 sq ft