Saturday, June 4, 2011

Bayadere - Design 317

Here's a boat I have not seen, nor the plans. The owner was nice enough to send these to us. He's owned her for 30+ years. She was one of the designs from our Boston office. The plans are in storage at the Mystic Seaport. We'll post them as soon as we have them.

Design 1883 - Black Jack

Here's a boat with a very successful racing career. She was designed with more than racing in mind. Her interior looks conducive to cruising as well. The boat was designed for East Coast/Long Island Sound racing but capable of offshore races such the Newport-Bermuda Race.

Black Jack was built of welded aluminum by Robert E. Derecktor of Mamaroneck, New York. She was launched in 1968.

Here is the general arrangement plan. The arrangement of the chart table and navigator's berth with generous space is worthy of note.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 44'-10"
LWL 31'-0"
Beam 11'-6"
Draft 6'-6"
Displacement 21,500 lbs
Ballast 9,600 lbs
Sail Area 880 sq ft

Friday, June 3, 2011

Timoneer - Design 2575

Of the big S&S motorsailers which include Osprey, Sea Angel, Freedom, Galileo, Astral and Mayslyph, Timoneer represents the ultimate refinement of the type. She was built by Palmer Johnson of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and launched in 1992.

Once launched she made her way through Lakes Michigan, Huron and Erie, through the Erie Canal and made her way down the Hudson River and to the sea. She then embarked on a 65,000 mile, 5-year cruise.

Here are the plans.

Her elegant classic interior of American cherry was designed by John Munford. Here are some images.


Master Stateroom

Guest Stateroom


She is now called Knickerbocker and makes her home in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 117'-3"
LWL 88'-0"
Beam 25'-1"
Draft 9'-9"
Displacement 294,300 lbs
Ballast 70,000 lbs
Sail Area 5,589 sq ft

White Cloud Chronicles

I was very pleased to receive a copy of a lovely little book entitled White Cloud Chronicles. The book is an account of sailing the yacht White Cloud, design #137, from Chicago to San Francisco during the winter of 1945-46. It is told through letters penned by the owner's wife. It is beautifully written and includes maps and illustrations. The book can be purchased online through the publisher at:

Design 2184 - Tartan T.O.C.K.

This design has Rod Stephens' imprint all over it. Rod was a huge fan of the big, beamy, center cockpit ketch as a cruising boat. This looks like a natural development of two previous designs: Yankee, design #1278 and Torea, design #1927.

The T.O.C.K. (Tartan Offshore Cruising Ketch) was put into production in 1976 for short run that lasted two years. 30 boats were produced.

The boats must be fun to sail, especially with the cockpit so far forward.

Here are the plans.

Here's an interior shot. Just look at the volume.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 41'-4"
LWL 32'-4"
Beam 13'-4"
Draft 4'-9"
Displacement 24,300 lbs
Ballast 9,000 lbs
Sail Area 787 sq ft

Design 1357 - Lorna Doone

This boat just makes me want to pull a Joshua Slocum and set off for distant shores. She is full of interesting design details. Here are a few points of note:
  • Note the double berth forward and in the inboard profile view the portion of the bunk that folds up to become a comfortable seat back.
  • Note there is a small deck plate on starboard over the head so one can shower with someone pouring a bucket over their head.
  • I like the engine space hatch in the cockpit sole.
  • Note the tabernacle for raising and lowering the mast.
And ah the clipper bow gives her a ton of character. I sure wish we had a photograph.

Lorna Doone was built by Stonington Boat Works of wood and launched in 1958.

Here is the general arrangement plan.

And an article from The Skipper magazine from the time of her construction. Please double click for zoom.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 33'-0"
LWL 25'-0"
Beam 10'-6"
Draft 3'-0"
Displacement 14,700 lbs
Ballast 4,000 lbs (outside) 200 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 613 sq ft

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Design 1724 - Germania VI

This big beautiful yawl was built of aluminum by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany. She was launched in 1963. The boat was built to extremely high quality standards and was Lloyd's approved (100 A-1 rating). She was designed to rate well under the C.C.A., R.O.R.C. and German KR Class 16 Rules.

There are sleeping accommodations for nine in the owner's party and four paid hands.

Germania VI was an early recipient of an aluminum main mast, built by the Bath Iron Works of Maine. The rest of her spars were of spruce.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 72'-8"
LWL 51'-11"
Beam 15'-7"
Draft 9'-10"
Displacement 96,493 lbs
Ballast 42,900 lbs
Sail Area 2,428 sq ft

Design 1219-G - Inward Bound

This boat is a bit of a mystery. We believe she is a bootleg copy of a Pilot 35. And it gets more interesting. The story goes that she was built by the Astilleros Sarmiento Shipyard of Buenos Aires, Argentina and launched in 1962. Rumor has it that a young design intern who worked in our offices at the time left with more than his experience: he left with a set of plans.

She is constructed of South American cedar (cedro) and she is built like a tank. Her deck and deckhouse are built of recycled teak which was taken during the refurbishment of an Argentinian naval vessel, the General Belgrano. I've been aboard her and she's a nice boat. She is about to go on the brokerage market for approximately $35,000. If anyone is interested in knowing more about her please feel free to email me at

Click here for more information about the Pilot 35.

Here are the plans. Keep in mind someone got creative with the design of her deckhouse.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 35'-2"
LWL 24'-3"
Beam 9'-7"
Draft 4'-9"
Displacement 11,970 lbs
Ballast 4,200 lbs
Sail Area 528 sq ft

Design 1059 - Scarlet O'Hara

I can tell you exactly what is going on in this image. They are working on a trim problem. Looking at the technical files it doesn't look like the trim was too bad. Tests were made with stern wedges and the issue was solved. It's somewhat surprising as the boat was tank tested at the Stevens Institute which included trim studies. Nevertheless here we are. Here's a speed and trim graph from the initial sea trials.

It's too bad. The boat reached a top speed of 32.5 knots but along with this speed came 4° of trim. Stern wedges were added and the result was a top speed of 29 knots and 3° of trim. Further modifications were made to the stern wedges and the issue was finally solved with a final top speed of 32.6 knots and 2.75° of trim.

The image at the top is clearly not Germany, where she was built by the Krogerwerft Shipyard. The image was taken in Miami where the final stern wedges were fabricated and installed.

Scarlet O'Hara was built for R. J. Reynolds, Jr., son of the tobacco magnate.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 53'-4"
LWL 50'-0"
Beam 14'-5"
Draft 1'-11"

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Design 1859 - Gabrielle III

A blog reader asked us to post an article about this design. So here you go. This stunning beauty of a boat was built by James McGruer & Company, Ltd of Scotland. She is constructed of wood. The boat was launched in 1967. She was designed as a cruiser/racer and for short handled sailing by a couple.

The boat is now called Tintoo VI and is currently for sale. Click here to see her listing and various interior photographs. She is in mint condition.

Here are the plans.

Principal Characteristics
LOA 51'-9"
LWL 35'-0"
Beam 12'-7"
Draft 6'-11"
Displacement 35,422 lbs
Ballast 16,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,135 sq ft

Design 1476 - Salmagal III

I think these boats with the recessed space at the end of the deckhouse are just fantastic. In most of our boats designed with this feature the bulkhead at the aft end of the house cuts right across one of the side windows. In this particular design three side windows were styled into the profile with a nice result. The aft bulkhead lands on the mullion between the aft two windows.

The helm seat on centerline is also a rarity in our designs. I have only found it in one other, yacht Jandy, design #1711. I believe this is feature first found in some designs by Uffa Fox and as confirmed by a reader of this blog.

Here's that helm seat.

And here's that great protected area aft of the house.

Here are the plans.

Salmagal II was built by the Robert Derecktor Shipyard of Mamaroneck, New York. She was constructed of wood in typical S&S scantlings. She was launched in 1960.

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

Principal Dimensions
LOA 46'-6"
LWL 33'-6"
Beam 11'-3"
Draft 6'-11"
Displacement 30,000 lbs
Ballast 11,000 lbs (outside) 300 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 1,025 sq ft

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mercury Class - Design 296

The Mercury Class design was developed in 1939 as a junior sailing boat. They are well built by Cape Cod Shipbuilding or Wareham, Massachusetts. Early models were constructed of wood. Cape Cod Shipbuilding made the transition to fiberglass construction in 1948. A successful club boat, fleets were established from Maine to Florida. The boats are still in production today. We still receive the $2/boat royalty that was established in 1940.

You can still rent one in Boston, Massachusetts and Flushing, New York. They're great boats.

Here are the plans.

Here's an early brochure.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 15'-0"
LWL 13'-10"
Beam 5'-5"
Draft Centerboard Model 0'-6" (board up) 3'-10" (board down)
Draft Fixed Keel Model 3'-3"
Weight Centerboard Model 470 lbs
Weight Fixed Keel Model 730 lbs
Ballast (Fixed Keel Model) 300 lbs
Sail Area 119 sq ft