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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Design 1367 - Currituck


This design is interesting as it marks Henry Nevins' (City Island, New York) foray into aluminum yacht construction. She is all aluminum with plywood decks covered in canvas. The year was 1958. Unfortunately we don't possess any images of this boat.

Postscript: A blog follower has pointed out that Currituck is currently for sale and can be seen on the S&S Association website. Click here for further information and some images.

Here's the general arrangement plan. I like that chart table that converts into a quarter berth.


And an article from Motor Boating magazine. Please double click for zoom.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 46'-3"
LWL 32'-0"
Beam 12'-10"
Draft 4'-11"
Displacement 28,700 lbs
Ballast 11,500 lbs
Sail Area 1,059 sq ft

Friday, June 24, 2011

Design 1826 - Katama


This aluminum yawl was built by Robert E. Derecktor of Mamaroneck, New York. She was launched in 1965. She is a further development of the type including yachts Inverness, Carillon and Duster. The rudder has been pushed well aft for an attached rudder, to improve downwind steering and control. The interior layout is fairly conventional but a lot of thought went into the details based on the owner's experience with his previous Katama.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 42'-6"
LWL 29'-0"
Beam 10'-10"
Draft 6'-3"
Displacement 19,273 lbs
Ballast 8,300 lbs
Sail Area 810 sq ft

Tender to Edlu - Design 35


Today I was up at the Mystic Seaport Museum for the Wooden Boat Show, which is going on all weekend. I happened to notice this nice tender that was built for Edlu, design #35, and which is part of their permanent collection. The boat was built by Nevins in 1934. Here's the description. Please double click for zoom. Wow there are multiple typos in this little plaque.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Design 119 - Bloodhound


I was reading through the new (July-2011) issue of Yachting magazine and noted an image and small article about royal yacht Bloodhound. I recalled seeing her in our files and sure enough, she is listed as design #119. There is a note in the file: Per OJS Bloodhound's hull was designed and built by Camper & Nicholson; rig and interior design by Sparkman & Stephens.

The plan list would show that to be true. The reference to Foxhound is a sister that was built to the design.


The website link listed in Yachting is just plain wrong. Click here to access Bloodhound's website and learn more about her. She's a beautiful boat.

New America's Cup AC45 Catamaran

The video of Oracle's AC45 catamaran pitchpoling and capsizing last week is worth a look. Click here to access the video. Here's a little memo by Olin Stephens on the subject of a catamaran as a cruising boat. Please double click for zoom.

Design 2148 - Noryema IX


Noryema IX was constructed of welded aluminum by a joint venture building team. Walter Huisman of Holland built the hull and deck and A. H. Moody & Son, Ltd. of Southampton, England finished her. The year was 1972. She is an Admiral's Cup racing yacht.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 52'-0"
LWL 40'-0"
Beam 14'-1"
Draft 7'-11"
Displacement 33,453 lbs
Ballast 19,500 lbs
Sail Area 1,142 sq ft


Design 2206 - Crismuir


This design is really an improved version of Dora IV (then renamed Tenacious, then renamed War Baby), design #2089. More about that design later. Crismuir was constructed in aluminum by the Torquato Romano Gennari Shipyard of Italy. She was launched in 1975. Designed as a racing yacht she looks like a great cruising boat to me. She was optimized for the light winds of the Mediterranean. Renamed numerous times, in these images she was known as Gothaer III.


Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 61'-5"
LWL 46'-0"
Beam 15'-9"
Draft 8'-11"
Displacement 46,511 lbs
Ballast 24,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,682 sq ft

Design 2713 - Predacious


Predacious was built of high tech composites by New England Boatworks and launched in 2006. Her owner was moving up out of a large production Down East style boat and wanted enough space for his family in a similar package, and speed to commute out to his Long Island home.

The boat is powered by twin Caterpillar 12-cylinder c30 diesel engines generating 1,550 hp each for a top speed of 35 knots and a cruise speed of 27 knots. The engines are coupled to ZF "Supershift" V-drives via jack shafts and turn ZF custom 38" diameter, 5-bladed propellers in deep tunnels for draft reduction.

Extensive sound proofing and vibration dampening allows normal conversation inside while rocketing along at 35 knots.

Click here to access an article about the boat from Yachting magazine. Click here for an article from Boat International magazine.

All images by Billy Black.



Here are the plans.


Here are some interior images.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 64'-10"
LWL 60'-0"
Beam 18'-0"
Draft 5'-0"
Displacement 86,000 lbs (lightship) 106,000 lbs (full load)
Top Speed 35 knots
Cruise Speed 27 knots
Propulsion: Twin CAT C30, 1,550 hp each @ 2,300 rpm


The boat was also developed as a flybridge model, shown here.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Design 73 - Ice Boat


So I seem to have gone into left field (or off the deep end) or at least into a drawer one could mark as "obscure designs" but here is a design for an ice boat. I can see from the corporate minutes that this boat was actually built and was exhibited at the 1935 New York Boat Show. It was at the urging of Drake Sparkman that this came to be. Later I can see that Drake purchased the boat for a "nominal fee" for his own use. Makes you wonder where it ended up.

Design 23 - Nassau Class One Design


Here's one that never did get built. It's too bad. The design is for a nice looking little cat boat. The design is listed as the Nassau Class One Design.

Here are the plans.


Here's a peek at her shape.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 14'-0"
LWL 13'-9"
Beam 5'-1"
Draft 10" (board up)

Design 67 - Nancy Ann


We don't know much about this boat. I can't tell you who built her. As a matter of fact our master database has the notation "not built" in the boat name field. I just happened find an image of her with the design number 67 clearly marked on the back. The image matches the plans so here we have another design that has been overlooked for 77 years.

She is constructed of white oak for structure and mohagany planking with Everdur fasteners. She was built in 1934.

We pulled these plans from the microfiche files. They're not very clear but it gives you the idea.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 29'-11"
LWL 20'-8"
Beam 8'-3"
Draft 4'-3"

Design 894 - Lyra


This little sloop was designed for John Trumpy, Jr. and built by John Trumpy & Sons of Annapolis for his own use, and to develop as a one design class of boats. We believe 3 or 4 boats were built to this design by Trumpy. That's one of the sisterships, Melita, above.

Here are the plans.


Here's a brief article from Yachting magazine about the boat. Double click for zoom.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 40'-2"
LWL 28'-0"
Beam 10'-0"
Draft 5'-9"
Displacement 18,432 lbs
Ballast 6,500 lbs
Sail Area 697 sq ft

Palawan I - Design 991


Here's a nice image of Palawan, the first of the series, in front of Castine Yacht Club, Castine, Maine . Click here to learn more about her.

Design 1951 - Baccara


This gorgeous yawl was designed and built for noted yachtsman George Coumentaros, a repeat client. She was constructed of aluminum by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany and launched in 1969. She was designed to be a race winner, and win she did.

Here's a brief article about the boat. Please double click for zoom.


Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 72'-11"
LWL 59'-0"
Beam 16'-11"
Draft 10'-9"
Displacement 106,880 lbs
Ballast 52,000 lbs
Sail Area 2,721 sq ft