Saturday, July 9, 2011

Design 10 - Cherokee


Cherokee was the 6th of the 39 six-meter racing yachts designed by Sparkman & Stephens. She was built by Henry Nevins of City Island, New York and launched in 1930. Cherokee was considered one of the best of the S&S six-meters. She was built for Herman F. Whiton, who would become an avid six-meter champion and repeat customer for S&S.

In 2009 a replica was built by the Museum of Yachting in Newport, Rhode Island. Click here to see some images and learn more about it.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 37'-3"
LWL 23'-4"
Beam 6'-5"
Draft 5'-5"
Sail Area 455 sq ft

Friday, July 8, 2011

Design 1777 - Assegai II


This little R.O.R.C. sloop was built by the Berthon Boat Company of Lymington, England. She was constructed of wood and launched in 1965. She's a nice looking boat and very typical of this period with attached rudder and every effort made to reduce wetted surface. She looks rather slippery in these images.


Here are the plans.


Two sisters were built as well. Design #1777-C1, and named Aja was built by Bröderna Martinsson Varvs AB of Sweden. The third, design #1777-C2 and named Illiria was built by Cantiere Carlini of Italy. These boats were reconfigured with a different interior layout, separated rudder and traditional transom. Here are the revised plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 40'-10"
LWL 29'-0"
Beam 10'-8"
Draft 6'-7"
Displacement 19,580 lbs
Ballast 9,000 lbs
Sail Area 694 sq ft


Design 1852 - Matuta II


This beautiful canoe stern motorsailer was built of wood by the Krogerwerft Shipyard of Rendsburg, Germany. She was launched in 1966. She is heavily built and designed with cruising comfort in mind. Her shoal draft reflects her owner's desire to use her in Southern Waters.

As Chief Inspector, Rod Stephens performed most of the sea trials of S&S boats around the world. Here is a very rare sequence of images (double click for zoom) of Rod in Germany doing sea trials. Someone snapped him arriving by ferry, being picked up, onboard speaking with the yard workers (and probably the owner), and taking a trip to the masthead which was his habit.


You can always tell the German shipyards due to the naval vessels at the yards that were built alongside the yachts.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 60'-0"
LWL 49'-7"
Beam 15'-7"
Draft 4'-7"
Displacement 83,000 lbs
Ballast 17,500 lbs
Sail Area 1,387 sq ft

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Design 1891 - Iorana


Iorana was constructed of wood by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany. She was launched in 1969. She's a beauty. It's too bad this is the only image we possess of her. This is a powerful boat. Just look at her ballast to displacement ratio, her deep draft and large amount of sail area.

Of note, here we have an early example of the installation of a Hundested controllable pitch propeller.

The following are some designer's remarks from Rod Stephens. Please double click for zoom.


Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 63'-2"
LWL 45'-5"
Beam 14'-10"
Draft 9'-3"
Displacement 67,772 lbs
Ballast 32,000 lbs (outside) 1,000 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 1,815 sq ft

Design 2028 - Jakaranda


This big yawl was designed to the I.O.R. Rule. She was built by Franz Maas of Breskens, Holland and launched in 1970. Her construction is interesting: stainless steel sub-frame encapsulated in foam and fiberglass. The hull and deck are cored with Airex foam. I wonder how this has held up over the years.

Here are the plans.


And an article from Yachting World magazine from 1970. Please double click for zoom.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 56'-10"
LWL 40'-0"
Beam 14'-5"
Draft 8'-4"
Displacement 37,150 lbs
Ballast 18,200 lbs
Sail Area 1,453 sq ft


Design 2492 - Lacoste 39


This preliminary design was prepared for Chantiers Yachting of France as the Lacoste 39. The year was 1985. The design was never fully developed beyond the sketches you see here. The work is by the hand of Evan K. Marshall who went on to establish his own design office in London.

It's a tall order: a raised pilothouse with flybridge in 39' overall.



Principal Dimensions
LOA 39'-0"
LWL 33'-9"
Beam 13'-0"
Draft 3'-0"

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Design 2011 - Nita III


The client who commissioned this design was enamored with design #1961, Tarantella which he had seen in and around his home port of Genoa, Italy. He turned to the very same builder, Cantiere Carlini of Rimini, Italy for his new yacht. The arrangement is somewhat unusual but she designed as specified by her owner. She was launched in 1970

Here's the general arrangement plan.

Here's an article in Italian. Please double click for zoom.

A sister was built, named Clerici. She is quite similar but with a different layout and a ketch rig. Here's the general arrangement, which is much more conventional.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 56'-3"
LWL 39'-6"
Beam 14'-6"
Draft 8'-4"
Displacement 37,630 lbs
Ballast 16,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,452 sq ft

Buzzy III - Design 1151


This beautiful 6-meter was built of wood by J.J. Taylor & Sons of Canada. She was launched in 1956. She was a very successful racing yacht in Canadian waters.

In 1971 she was modified by S&S to upgrade her shape, based in great part on advances in 12-meter design. Here's the modification to her Lines.


Here she is after her restoration in 2002. Note the owner has returned her to the original shape.


Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 37'-0"
LWL 23'-8"
Beam 6'-0"
Draft 5'-5"

Design 1428 - Pavane II


This handsome motorsailer was built of steel by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany for an American customer, Uncas A. Whitaker. Whitaker was a repeat client. Click here to see his next boat.

She has a number of interesting design features. The most noticeable is the location of her engine room. While this allowed a much lower profile that would have been possible amidships, it must have caused some challenges in terms of sound attenuation being adjacent to the owner's cabin.

Notice the secondary "backing rudder" located just forward of the propeller and above the propeller shaft. The feature comes from river tow boats in Europe and includes independent controls and is used to assist when backing into a slip.

Also note the two steering stations: one on the bridge deck and one in the aft cockpit. The after station is used primarily when fishing.

Pavane II is powered by a single General Motors 4-71 diesel coupled to a Walters v-drive with 2:1 reduction producing a cruising speed of 11 knots under power. She was launched in 1959.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 52'-0"
LWL 46'-0"
Beam 14'-6"
Draft 5'-0" (board up) 8'-8" (board down)
Displacement 52,193 lbs
Ballast 4,500 lbs (outside) 750 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 1,194 sq ft

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Design 1221 - Antilles


Here's another by Robert E. Derecktor of Mamaroneck, New York. She was constructed of wood and launched in 1958. Antilles was designed and built for Percy Chubb. Mr. Chubb was a repeat client. Click here to see his previous boat, Laughing Gull.

Antilles is a typical beamy S&S centerboarder designed for cruising. There are some interesting features such as the hidden head in the forward cabin with folding wash basin and the crew cabin aft complete with it's own toilet and heater. That aft little deckhouse in essence creates a center cockpit which is a nice and secure cockpit for cruising offshore.

The best thing that can be said about this boat is from the book Ocean Sailing Yachts: "In Percy Chubb's ketch Antilles, we twice made fast passages: the first was 920 miles in five days. We told everyone to mark that in the record book, she would never do it again. On the next trip we did 960 miles in five days."

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 46'-1"
LWL 32'-6"
Beam 12'-10"
Draft 4'-8"
Displacement 28,700 lbs
Ballast 8,200 lbs
Sail Area 1,042 sq ft

Design 1245 - Stock Finisterre Type


A blog follower sent us this great image of Morasum, his Finisterre type centerboarder built in 1958. Click here to learn more about this design. She was built by Wing on Shing Shipyard of Hong Kong. Morasum is her original name. Thanks for sending this image.