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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Design 282 - Seawanhaka 21ft Class


After almost 20 years of competition in S-boats, the members of Seawanhaka Yacht Club decided they were outdated and that a new club boat was needed. The new class should incorporate a parachute spinnaker, genoa jib, longer overhangs and no running back stays, something like a baby 6-meter with modest cruising accommodations. The year was 1938.

In the spring of 1939, the new 21s began to arrive. Built to a high standard by Henry B. Nevins of City Island the boats were pretty and modern, even sporting rod rigging. The class was active for 28 years when the boats were replaced by the new fiberglass Shields Class.

I think the design is beautiful, and somewhat similar to a Dark Harbor 20. I like the way the cabin sides extend forward around the mast and create a recess for halyard tails. Also the rigging and deck gear/deck layout is more advanced than a Dark Harbor. Remember this boat was designed 6 years after the Dark Harbor.

For anyone interested, plans sets are available for construction for $3,875 including 18 sheets of plans.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 31'-0"
LWL 21'-0"
Beam 6'-7"
Draft 4'-6"
Sail Area 357 sq ft


Friday, July 15, 2011

All This and Sailing Too - Giveaway


Today we drew two winners for copies of All This and Sailing Too, the Olin Stephens biography from those that entered our giveaway. One winner is from Ontario, Canada and the other from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Winners have been notified via email so check your inbox! If you haven't heard from us I'm sorry to report you didn't win. Thanks for playing.

Design 2201 - Swan 47


The Swan 47 was the 11th S&S design prepared for Nautor of Finland. The boats were introduced in 1974. 70 boats were produced in a production run that lasted until 1979. Construction quality was extremely high with plans and materials as well as construction certified by Lloyd's. The design was optimized to rate well under the I.O.R. Rule but she is also a fine cruising boat. They are still desirable boats today.

A centerboard model was also developed.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 47'-9"
LWL 36'-2"
Beam 13'-10"
Draft 7'-10"
Displacement 32,400 lbs
Ballast 15,500 lbs
Sail Area 1,060 sq ft

Design 2604 - Bandera


Back in March we posted an article about Bandera, the 57' custom Hinckley yawl. She has just undergone a major refit and is launching today. Here are a few images from yesterday. She's looking good. That's a new carbon fiber spade rudder. The old skeg was removed.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Design 1144 - Zinganee


This nice motorsailer was built by Abeking & Rasmussen of Lemwerder, Germany. She was constructed of wood and launched in 1955.

Here are the plans.


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


Principal Dimensions
LOA 52'-0"
LWL 43'-4"
Beam 14'-2"
Draft 4'-3"
Displacement 49,100 lbs
Ballast 5,500 lbs
Sail Area 993 sq ft


Design 1966 - Allied 42


The Allied 42 was introduced in 1969 as a production fiberglass cruising boat. The boats were built by Allied Boat Company of Catskill, New York. The boats were available in both sloop and yawl rig configurations. Production ceased around 1977. The boats are still well regarded as well built classics.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 41'-1"
LWL 30'-1"
Beam 11'-6"
Draft 4'-2" (board up) 8'-5" (board down)
Displacement 19,000 lbs
Ballast 7,100 lbs
Sail Area 762 sq ft (sloop) 809 sq ft (yawl)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Design 1754 - Stemael IV


This R.O.R.C sloop was built by the Chabert Yard of Marseilles, France. She was launched in 1963. She is constructed of white oak for structural members and she is single planked of mahogany.

Here are the plans.


At some point her transom was changed from reverse to traditional. Here's the sail plan with the revised transom.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 44'-2"
LWL 32'-0"
Beam 10'-11"
Draft 7'-1"
Displacement 22,912 lbs
Ballast 9,851 lbs
Sail Area 635 sq ft

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Design 1346 - Windrose


Windrose was built by Robert E. Derecktor shipyard of Mamaroneck, New York. She is heavily constructed of white oak for framing and backbone, and double planked topsides (1.5" total thickness) with a single planked (1.25") bottom. Her deck is teak over plywood. She was designed and built for Jakob Isbrandtsen, a successful shipping magnate and sailor. She was launched in 1959.

The following is paraphrased from a history we received from her owner:

She began her racing career in 1959, flying under the flag of the New York Yacht Club. She raced in several local races, seasoning her crew and shaking down equipment, including the New York Yacht Club Cruise and Astor cup, finishing 3rd in her division.

In June 1960 she was entered for the first time in the Newport to Bermuda race. The early stages of the race had light reaching and running conditions, but a storm lurked beyond the Gulf Stream. The leading boats, where Windrose was positioned, suffered knockdowns, were hove to in Force 8 to 9 conditions, or were running under bare poles. Windrose kept sailing but near the finish, as told by Rod Stephens, “When she was in a fine position to be the winner, the [experimental] swedge fitting on the upper end [of the head stay] broke off from fatigue” and she dropped back out of the leader position (but miraculously didn't lose her mast).


In July of 1960 Windrose took on her first Atlantic challenge, racing in the King of Sweden Cup, a grueling 3,000-mile race from Bermuda to Skagen, Sweden. She raced hard and finished less than 3 minutes behind Figaro to finish second against many larger boats.

In 1961 Windrose was chosen as one of 3 boats to represent the USA in the Admiral’s Cup. The competition was impressive with new rules and new boats on the line. The US team consisted of Windrose, Figaro & Cyane. These three piled up the points in the Channel Race in a most commanding way. Windrose won the race outright while Figaro and Cyane were fourth and fifth of the Admiral's Cuppers. With Windrose’s imposing lead there was a 30-point gap between Britain and the USA. Windrose again led the US in the Britannia Cup, but had to retire from the NY Yacht Club Cup, so that going into the Fastnet the United States' lead had been reduced from 30 to 13. It all hung on the Fastnet - a decider of many Admirals’ Cups to come. Windrose led the US team all through the race but ran out of wind from the Bishop to the Lizard and the big Dutch sloop Zwerver claimed first place. Windrose finished at a very close 3rd, well ahead of her team mates, racking up enough points to keep the USA in first place and the Cup left British home shores for the first time in history.

1962 brought a year of light winds as Windrose participated in numerous races including the Newport-Bermuda race, the Block Island Race, the Astor Cup & the New York Yacht Club Regatta among others. Although light winds prevented her from taking home first place trophies in most races, she campaigned successfully gaining class honors and honing her crew.

The Transatlantic race of 1963 was a real bruiser. The first eight days were sailed in thick fog and after it lifted the weather went from bad to worse. Light winds gave way to erratic variables from every direction, which finally formed into a fierce Atlantic gale lasting a full six days. Sails were blown out, rigging failed, and spinnaker poles were broken on most of the yachts in the race, the big class A boat, Dyna even had her rudder carried away in the worst of the gale. Windrose was damaged in the storm but continued sailing and racing and on July 24, 1963 the headlines of the New York Times read “Windrose, Cyane 47 seconds apart”. After a battering from the Atlantic gales, Windrose came in a heartbreaking 47 seconds behind her old rival in the 3,000 mile race. She was one of the first 5 boats to cross the line overall, ahead of Cyane but on corrected time she finished second, 47 seconds behind Cyane.


Windrose reigned supreme in the selection trials and was again chosen to represent the USA in the Admiral’s Cup of 1963. This was sure to be a hotly contested series, the first defeat at the hands of the United States in 1961 rankled British sailors who were determined to return the cup “home”. All three of the British boats were newly built with the Cup in mind. This was the beginning of the new trend in racing yacht design that would sacrifice comfort for efficiency. The three boats in the US team, Windrose, Figaro and Dyna were old hands with lots of experience and miles under their keels. Windrose again led her team mates in the Britannia, Channel and NY Yacht Club Cups, racking up 57 points to their 27 points each, but it wasn’t quite enough to best the British who headed into the Fastnet 130-129 against the USA. Again it was all to hang on the Fastnet. After light winds in the earlier races, the conditions turned nasty, and the race was run in what has proved to be the worst weather in Fastnet history (even worse than the 1979 storm). Figaro’s mainsail split early on slowing her down and then Windrose suffered damage to her rig which dropped her back from her leading position to 13th place and put paid to the US’s chances at the Cup. The Cup returned to British soil, but Windrose’s earlier wins were enough to place the USA in second place overall.

Windrose participated successfully in several racing series in 1964 including the Block Island series and the Bermuda Race-Onion Patch series and was then again chosen to represent the USA in her third Admiral’s Cup series. Again, most boats in the series were custom built with the Cup in mind. The new idea was to keep the boats as light as possible. Rod rigging was used for the first time and new sails and bendy booms were remarkable innovations of the day. These were out-and-out racing boats of the offshore breed of the time; there was no consideration given to cruising, perhaps for the first time in any off shore racing designs. Windrose placed 1st in the Channel Cup among her US team boats, Caper and Figaro, chalking up considerable points against the newer yacht designs, but her luck ran out in the Britannia cup when she (along with two other boats) was disqualified for misreading the sailing instructions and passed the finish line incorrectly. In a reverse of the weather patterns of the 1963 Admiral’s Cup, the wind began to slacken and calm conditions caused several of the boats to withdraw from the New York Yacht Club Cup, including Windrose. The sturdy build and comfort of Windrose which served her so well in the harsh conditions of the North Atlantic gales, now served to undermine her chances of a win in the Fastnet. 1965 turned out to be one of the lightest wind conditions in Fastnet history. The newer, lighter British boats took the day and retained the Cup for Great Britain.

Windrose is now based in Phuket, Thailand. She is currently for sale. Click here to see the listing and many more images.

Here are the plans. Her clipper bow is quite unusual for Sparkman & Stephens designs.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 47'-10"
LWL 32'-0"
Beam 11'-7"
Draft 6'-8"
Displacement 32,500 lbs
Ballast 11,500 lbs (outside) 500 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 1,037 sq ft


Design 711 - Bolero


One of the best known classic S&S designs, Bolero was built by Henry B. Nevins of City Island, New York. She was launched in 1949. It has been said that Mr. Nevins told his wife that Bolero would be his last yacht. He died the following year at age 72.

Bolero was designed and built for John Nicholas Brown, who was undersecretary of the United States Navy at the time as well as vice-commodore of the New York Yacht Club. No expense was spared in her construction.

She has undergone numerous restorations in her lifetime. The most recent was by far the most extensive, by Rockport Marine of Maine. Click here to learn more about it. There is also a new beautifully written book: In a Class by Herself: The Yawl BOLERO and the Passion for Craftsmanship, by John Rousmaniere. Click here to read more about it.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 73'-6"
LWL 51'-0"
Beam 14'-4"
Draft 9'-6"
Displacement 93,800 lbs
Ballast 37,310 lbs (outside) 1,200 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 2,480 sq ft

Design 2042-C1 - Antilla 6.6


The Antilla 6.6 is a fiberglass production yacht that was built in Finland by AA Boats and introduced in 1971. It is a 1/2 tonner based on a previously built one-off. It's a great looking little boat.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 30'-0"
LWL 22'-5"
Beam 9'-4"
Draft 5'-4"
Displacement 7,934 lbs
Ballast 3,747 lbs
Sail Area 452 sq ft


Monday, July 11, 2011

Design 1903 - Hughes 38


The Hughes 38 was designed to the C.C.A. Rule and built by Hughes Boat Works of Ontario, Canada. The boat was built of fiberglass on a production basis. They were introduced in 1967. The boat was designed as a light displacement type and with appeal for both the racer and as a family cruiser.

Here are the plans. Multiple sail plans were offered. The one shown below is the light weather rig.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 37'-7"
LWL 27'-0"
Beam 10'-2"
Draft 6'-0"
Displacement 12,743 lbs
Ballast 5,900 lbs
Sail Area 600 sq ft

More on Design 2708 - 72' Trawler


Way back in July 0f 2010 we posted an article about a 72' trawler. It dawned on me we never posted the general arrangement plan. Here it is. Note the discreet double crew cabin below.


Here's another computer rendering of the interior.

Main Salon (Looking Aft)

Length Overall: 71’-10”
Length Waterline: 66’-7”
Beam, Maximum: 19’-7”
Draft: 5’-6”
Displacement, Half Load: 129,600 lbs
Max Speed 21 knots

Design 622 - Eroica


I believe this is the 5th boat designed for Avard E. Fuller of Fuller Brush fame. You can search some of his others on this blog. Not all previously designed boats were built however.

Eroica was built of wood by Henry B. Nevins of City Island and launched in 1946. She was built as a cruising boat, but like many boats she participated, and rather successfully, in a number of distance races.

It's an unusual arrangement plan and I wonder how it worked out in practical use. The two cabins are separated by a head and I can imagine that must have caused a bit of a traffic jam at times.

Of particular note is her aluminum mast which was made of extruded aluminum in Avard Fuller's own machine shop. Some say this was the first aluminum mast installed in a wooden boat. her other spars were of Sitka spruce.

Eroica spent her time on the East Coast until the mid-1960s when she was brought West to California. She was then renamed Pacifica.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 48'-9"
LWL 33'-4"
Beam 11'-0"
Draft 7'-3"
Displacement 31,567 lbs
Sail Area 1,175 sq ft

Design 2195 - Marionette V


This aluminum racing yacht was built by Joyce Marine Shipyards of Southampton, England. She was designed to the I.O.R. Rule as an Admiral's Cup Racer. She was launched in 1974. I wish we had an image to go with these plans as she must be quite striking with her flush wedge deck.

Here is the general arrangement plan.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 44'-3"
LWL 32'-4"
Beam 12'-4"
Draft 7'-2"
Displacement 22,800 lbs
Ballast 11,920 lbs
Sail Area 827 sq ft