Saturday, May 28, 2011

Brushfire - Design 1952

This has to be one of the prettiest boats of all time. She is one of the darlings of Southern California, built by Driscoll Custom Boats of San Diego. She was launched in 1969.

From the "designers comments" from '69: The hull form and sail plan of this design is characteristic of Sparkman & Stephens most recent work, and we expect her to prove fast and able. It is also believed that the arrangement of keel, skeg with trim tab and rudder offers not only better speed but better "manners' and more complete control than the earlier conventional profile. Accommodations are worked out according to the needs of Southern California. Construction is of wood, to the highest standards.

What is meant by "according to the needs of Southern California"? There is a fantastic article about Brushfire in the August 2005 issue of Sailing magazine. (If anyone wishes to have a copy please email me at and I will be happy to email you a copy) where Olin, 97 years old at the time and sailing on the boat states: "I always felt this cockpit was a bit large for seagoing work. I called it the California layout. It's much larger than what you'll see on East Coast or European designs."

Here are the plans.

Check out this pedestal. Very sharp. The wheel just inside of the outer wheel is for control of the trim tab and the small wheel inside of it is for locking the trim tab once set.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 51'-0"
LWL 36'-0"
Beam 12'-6"
Draft 7'-4"
Displacement 31,877 lbs
Ballast 15,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,169 sq ft

Friday, May 27, 2011

Awab - Design 1459

I just love these old motorsailers. This boat is for a repeat client who built a very similar boat 19 years prior, design #247 also named Awab. She was built of wood by Henry L. Grebe & Company of Chicago, Illinois and launched in 1959.

Here are the plans.

Here's and article from the time of her construction.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 55'-9"
LWL 46'-6"
Beam 15'-2"
Draft 5'-0"
Displacement 57,664 lbs
Ballast 6,000 (outside) 500 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 1,232 sq ft

Design 2077 - Arcadia

We have made mention of this design under a separate article but I think it's worthy of additional mention. Arcadia was designed primarily for racing under I.O.R. but her generous beam and freeboard and limited draft made necessary by the shoal water at her owner's home pier should make her a great cruising boat. She was built of aluminum by Palmer Johnson of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and launched in 1970.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 48'-6"
LWL 36'-2"
Beam 13'-6"
Draft 6'-0" (board up) 10'-1" (board down)
Displacement 27,650 lbs
Ballast 12,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,042 sq ft

Design 2182 - Mandrake

Mandrake was designed as an all-out Admiral's Cup racing yacht with a bias for light weather performance in anticipation of some Mediterranean sailing. As a result displacement is moderate and sail area is generous. She was constructed of aluminum by the Walter Huisman Shipyard of Holland and launched in 1974. Notably she won the Middle Sea Race of that same year.

Three boats were built to this design, including Palynodie VI.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 48'-2"
LWL 36'-6"
Beam 12'-10"
Draft 7'-6"
Displacement 30,500 lbs
Ballast 16,100 lbs
Sail Area 1,018 sq ft

Design 2404 - High Speed Motoryacht

This preliminary design was prepared for an executive at brokerage house E.F. Hutton & Company. The year was 1982. The emphasis was on speed rather than overnight accommodations.

Accommodations include a large lounge/dining area, galley, toilet room with shower, wardrobes, salon with steering station and a large cockpit with an adjacent day head. The dining area could be converted to berths for occasional week-ending.

Power was to be derived from twin MTU 12V (12 cylinder) 331 TC 92 marine diesels producing 1,600 hp each for a top speed of 49 knots.

The project never came to fruition.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 59'-0"
LWL 51'-0"
Beam 17'-0"
Displacement 55,200 lbs

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Design 2407-C1 - Kerina

Here's an interesting design that frankly took me a bit of research just to figure out who built it. The design is based on a boat named Marac, design #2407. She was a custom one-off I.O.R. racing yacht that was yet another offshoot of the yacht Challenge, design #2381. She was constructed by Ocean Racing Yachts of Aukland, New Zealand and launched in 1981. She was constructed of composites.

Here are the general arrangement and sail plans for Marac.

The 2407-C1 design was a modified Marac, where the hull, rig and appendages have been used but she has been made into a cruising boat. Kempthorne Boat Builders of Whangerei, New Zealand built the hull & decks around 1983-84 with 3 or 4 hulls built. The interiors were finished off by Roy Davis (or Davies) in Whangarei.

Here are the plans. Keep in mind the hull, appendages and rig for #2407 were used. Also note in the image at the top that somewhere along the line someone added a sugar scoop transom.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 46'-2"
LWL 37'-0"
Beam 14'-3"
Draft 8'-0"
Displacement 23,128 lbs
Sail Area 1,030 sq ft

More About Hilaria - Design 1014

Back in March we posted an article about the fine boat Hilaria. Here are some images of her during construction at Abeking & Rasmussen.

And here are some images of her today.

Design 2288 - Riviera 32

This little fiberglass production yacht, named the Bianca "Riviera" was built by Bianca Yachts of Rudkøbing, Denmark. The boat was introduced in 1976 and the production run ended in 1984. I have no idea how many were produced.

Here are the plans.

Some interior shots from the brochure.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 32'-0"
LWL 27'-0"
Beam 10'-10"
Draft 5'-9"
Displacement 9,698 lbs
Ballast 3,967 lbs
Sail Area 456 sq ft

Design 2427 - Diving Excursion Vessel

Here is the preliminary design of a large dive boat to be used for extended excursions. The project never got any traction and was scrapped. It's an interesting idea: large diving platform with 12 staterooms, social areas, infirmary and photo lab.

The boat was designed with twin Stewart & Stevenson, 16V-92-MT1 engines producing 1,200 hp each for an estimated top speed of 20.3 knots.

Preliminary Dimensions
LOA 107'-11"
LWL 95'-11"
Beam 24'-0"

Design 2483 - Freedom

For anyone who follows this blog it's clear there are quite a few motorsailers in the archives. I count over fifty designs of the type. Of the big ones, Freedom stands out as a special boat. Built of aluminum by Cantieri Navali Picchiotti of Viareggio, Italy she was launched in August of 1984.

She was designed and built for William E. Simon, former Secretary of the Treasury under Nixon. Simon was involved in every aspect of her design and pushed for performance above all else.

The boat is in perfect condition with numerous upgrades over the years. She is currently for sale. The asking price is $5.9m.

Here are the plans.

Here are a few interior and exterior images.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 123'-10"
LWL 98'-0"
Beam 26'-0"
Draft 10'-0" (board up) 19'-4" (board down)
Displacement 327,674 lbs
Ballast 66,766 lbs
Sail Area 4,819 sq ft