Saturday, June 11, 2011

Design 1956 - Hughes 48

Introduced in 1970 as a fiberglass production cruising boat, the Canadian company Hughes Boatworks, changed the name to the Northstar 48 after acquiring Northstar Yachts in 1971. The boat is a large volume center cockpit boat. At the time she was referred to as a "modern classic". With a 50% ballast/displacement ratio, she looks to be a very stiff boat. I do not know how many were built during the production run.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 48'-3"
LWL 33'-0"
Beam 11'-10"
Draft 6'-9"
Displacement 30,000 lbs
Ballast 15,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,000 sq ft

Friday, June 10, 2011

M42 Sport Edition - Design 2723

This is the M42 I was sailing on this past Wednesday. Here's a look at her interior.

And here is her retractable anchor arm in use. This boat has optional lifelines, pulpit and pushpit so there is a gate in the pulpit.

If anyone is wondering a boat like this cost ~$700,000. It's a base boat with very few options: in boom furler and lifelines.

Morris Yachts Visit

M42 - Bass Harbor

Earlier this week I visited the Morris Yachts factory in Trenton, Maine and their two repair facilities in Bass Harbor and Northeast Harbor. Here are a few images of interest. Here is hull #2 of the M52 series under construction.

M52 Fit Out

M52 Deck

Here is an M29 deck being fitted out.

M29 Deck

And here's M36, hull #64 underway with her deck alongside.

M36 - No 64 Hull

M36 Deck

M36 - Bass Harbor

Design 25 - Blue Heron

Let's now go back to 1934. This is Blue Heron. She was built by Lemos Brothers of Riverside, Rhode Island, who was considered to be an excellent boatbuilder. She was built in typical S&S fashion: oak frames, mahogany planking, teak decks and Everdur fasteners.

Here are the plans.

Here's a peak at her shape.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 43'-7"
LWL 30'-0"
Beam 11'-4"
Draft 4'-4"
Displacement 20,650 lbs
Sail Area 918 sq ft

Design 1767-C11 - Pam


A blog reader questioned us whether or not Pam was in fact of the Pavane type, design #1767. She is.

Please compare Pam to this image of Pavane. Note the similarities in the transom (reverse) and deckhouse/cockpit.


Here are some detail shots of Pam.

The design was offered as a "stock" design. As such it was offered with either traditional or reverse transom, and with or without a step in the deckhouse. Here's the sail plan without the step.

Here's another example of the type. She is Cotton Blossom IV.

Cotton Blossom IV

Swan 431 Racing - Design 2238

Only one boat was built with this "racing" configuration and here she is. For the standard 431, 32 hulls were produced during a production run that started in 1976 and ended in 1978.

Here are the plans. The boat is much simplified in terms of layout.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 43'-6"
LWL 33'-4"
Beam 13'-5"
Draft 7'-4"
Displacement 27,500 lbs
Ballast 11,900 lbs
Sail Area 896 sq ft

S&S 48 - Design 2760-C1

We previously posted an article about design #2760. Click here to navigate to that posting. Well here's a more modern concept. Here's the situation. Design #2752 was recently launched. This beautiful boat was constructed of fiberglass from a milled female tool. It would be logical to utilize this hull mold for cost savings for a new build project so we have been conceptualizing different profiles and arrangements.

Here's #2752.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Even More Design 2758 - 25' Center Console

Okay by now you are all saying "enough already about this boat!" She's done and being shipped in a week. Checks and title changed hands today. It was so calm on the water we could have gone water skiing (if the water temp wasn't 48 that is).

We managed to convince the owner of 2 things: we will be showing her in Greenwich, Connecticut at a small boat show that is held in September (more info to follow) and that I can borrow her from time to time. That's the good news.

For more information about this design simply do a search for 25' center console (upper left search field).

Design 1251 - Simba

This shallow draft centerboarder was built by Joel Johnson of Bridgeport, Connecticut. She was launched in 1958. Construction was robust with a teak backbone, white oak frames and double planking: mahogany over cedar. Her garboard planks were of teak.

That's not a great image but it's the only one we have. Note Olin's signature: the owner asked him to sign it at some point. That was probably during our 75th Anniversary event at Mystic Seaport back in 2004, if I had to guess.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 42'-7"
LWL 29'-6"
Beam 11'-10"
Draft 4'-1"
Displacement 22,035 lbs
Ballast 7,000 lbs
Sail Area 873 sq ft

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

M42 Sport Edition - Design 2723

Today I had a nice sail on hull #2 of the Morris M42 with the "sport" package. This consists of the shorter M36 deckhouse on the M42 hull. It's a great combination. The headroom is not an issue, as there is plenty. The shorter house not only looks better but it puts the jib track back down on the deck and gives 9% more sail area. Fantastic looking and a great sailing boat. I could easily use this as a cruising boat.

This is hull #2 with this configuration. You can see the first in the background among this nice flotilla of M-Series boats. This is in Northeast Harbor, Maine. Click here for more information.

Note this is a "base model" boat with no teak decks, and no teak cladding on the house. The only options are the roller furling boom and the life lines, pulpit and pushpit.

Design 1943 - Trinidad II

This CCA sloop was designed for light air and was intended to be fast on all points of sail including running and reaching under spinnaker. Her 46% ballast/displacement ratio would ensure good windward ability. She was constructed of local woods in Argentina and launched in 1968.

Her interior was intended for comfortable family cruising.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 38'-8"
LWL 27'-0"
Beam 10'-2"
Draft 6'-0"
Displacement 12,743 lbs
Ballast 5,830 lbs
Sail Area 627 sq ft

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Travel Day - Maine

Today I flew to Maine and picked up a rental car in Portland. I am making my way to Brooklin Boat Yard but wanted to spend a couple of days visiting boat yards. My first stop was Rockport Marine where I had the pleasure of inspecting their recently launched 1938 Alden motorsailer. The restoration was a 3 year process and it shows. Fantastic boat. Click here to access their website and see the finished product. I certainly hope this leads to more restorations of this type, especially if they are S&S motorsailers. I have a policy of not posting articles about other designer's work but in this case it is worth the exception.

I then drove over to Artisan Boatworks. This is a smaller yard run by a alum from Rockport Marine, Alec Brainerd and his crew. They specialize in smaller boats and custom construction but they tend to do their fair share of restoration work as well. Check out their website here. That boat at at the top is Sparkman & Stephens yacht Glory, a Finisterre type undergoing complete restoration. Here's a shot of her gutted interior. At the moment they are replacing broken frames.

And here's a Dark Harbor 20 being spiffed up for the season. I think this a great yard to build a smaller daysailer or cruising boat out of wood and really enjoy the process. Click here to access their website.

Tomorrow I am off to Morris Yachts. I will have the pleasure of sailing a new M42 with "short house" (sport edition) later tomorrow afternoon. This will be the second launched of this new series. I'll try to get some images and I'll be sure to post them here.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Design 1948 - One Ton Cup Series

Here's a stock design for a one-tonner. 11 Boats were built to this design at various yards around the world, generally in the UK, Italy and New Zealand and Australia from what I can see from the files. The boats were constructed of wood.

Boats with well known names like Morningtown and Kerkyra II sailing in England and the Mediterranean and boats like Boambillee in Australia were winners. Although an English boat, Conservative leader Ted Heath sailed his Morning Cloud to victory in the Sydney Hobart Race of '69/70. See my previous post about this design.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
Principal Dimensions
LOA 36'-4"
LWL 27'-0"
Beam 10'-6"
Draft 6'-3"
Displacement 13,462 lbs
Ballast 6,250 lbs
Sail Area 526 sq ft (heavy air rig) 551 (light weather rig)