Saturday, August 20, 2011

Design 44 - Lucie


Although this 6-meter is a Clinton Crane design, she shows up on our job list. The drawing shown below is interesting. It is an original inked sail plan found in our files. I can't tell if it was generated by Nevins (note top portion of title block) or by Crane (note lower portion of title block). The fact that we have it leads me to believe it could have been produced by Rod or Olin from our short lived satellite office at the Nevins yard.


We pulled the sail plan below from our microfiche files so the quality isn't very good but here is a plan for a revised rig. This was drawn by Olin in 1934. We believe the work was done to convert her from a 2nd Rule boat to a 3rd Rule boat. At present she has been converted back to her original configuration.


Click here to access the Lucie website. Also click here for some more information about her and some additional images.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Design 378 - Diesel Tugs


Two boats were built to this design. I can't tell you who built them. The technical file says "sea trials at Huntington." They were built for Gallagher Sand & Gravel Corp of Rockville Centre, NY. The year was 1940.


More About 1309 - Valencia


I snapped this image of Valencia which I came upon in a shed up in Rockport, Maine a couple of weeks ago. She still looks to be in great shape. We posted an article about her back in April.

Here's an article from Yachting magazine from 1959 that we found in the files. Please double click for zoom.


Design 77-C - Comparison Ranger vs Reliance


Here's a drawing comparing the relative sail plans of the 1937 J-Class racing yacht Ranger, S&S design #77 versus the 1903 America's Cup defender, Reliance, designed by Nathaniel Herreshoff. This drawing was produced in 1939.

Design 2601 - R.P.I.C


R.P.I.C. stands for Riverine Patrol Interdiction Craft. The object was to design a small, fast military craft that could be launched from a flying Lockheed Hercules C130 cargo plane with 6 crew members onboard at an altitude of 10', survive and deliver a top speed of 45 knots for rapid deployment where needed.

Here is the general arrangement of the aircraft.


Here's the cross section showing the launch parameters.


Originally a modified stock production boat with twin outboards (note the sketch above still shows that boat) was to be used but it was proven that the boat couldn't handle the slamming load of being dropped out of a plane. This new boat was then designed. In addition to withstanding slamming loads, G-forces sustainability for the crew members (seat and cockpit sole design) was engineered as well as light armament protection (Kevlar panels).

Power was provided by a single Seatek 6-4V-9D marine diesel generating 600 bhp at 3,150 rpm coupled to a Hamilton waterjet.

Here is the general arrangement plan.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 27'-5"
LWL 23'-7"
Beam 9'-2"
Draft 2'-0"
Displacement 10,725 lbs

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Design 1889 - Non-Propelled Houseboat


This stationary houseboat was designed in 1966. She is constructed of fiberglass. It's an interesting concept. The design was inspired by some sketches prepared for the owner by the famous French architect Jacques Couëlle. Here are are few of the conceptual sketches.


Here is the general arrangement and construction plan for the final design.


The boat was built by Campania de Navegacion Passat of Panama but we have no idea where she made her home. I do plan to keep an eye out for her the next time I am walking along the Seine River in Paris.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 37'-10"
LWL 31'-0"
Beam 13'-0"
Draft 2'-0"


Design 13 - Bob Kat II


Bobkat II (US54) was built by Henry Nevins of City Island, New York and launched in 1931. She was the sixth 6-meter designed by the young Sparkman & Stephens. Built for Robert Meyer, the boat was named after he and his wife, Katherine (Bob + Kat). Bobkat II was part of the famous American team that went to England for the 1932 British American Team Races. The other members of the team were Lucie (US55), Jill (US56) and Nancy (US60). Bobkat II was restored to her original racing configuration at Cantieri dell Argentario in Porto Santo Stefano, Italy. She is currently for sale (€75,000).

Here is the construction plan. We don't seem to have a sail plan scanned and on hand.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 36'-9"
LWL 23'-6'
Beam 6'-7"
Draft 6'-8'

Design 2471 - Tartan 28


I snapped this image of a Tartan 28 out in Oyster Bay, New York the other day. This model was introduced in 1984, and was a direct replacement for the venerable Tartan 27, design #1617. The model was produced for six years, with 136 boats built.

Here are the plans.


Here's an article from Sail magazine dated 1984. Please double click for zoom.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 28'-3"
LWL 23'-3"
Beam 9'-10"
Draft 4'-11"
Displacement 7,450 lbs
Ballast 3,200 lbs
Sail Area 408 sq ft

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

More About Sagitta 35 - Design 2008


Back in February we posted an article about the Sagitta 35. An owner sent us these nice images of Tiny Tin Two, which has been in their family for 36 years. Nice, clean looking boat.


Thanks for sending the images.


Mystery Solved - Designer G.P.


A client wrote and asked who the lead designer was on his boat, 8-meter Prelude, design #144. Here's the plan list which also lists the designers’ initials.


I searched and searched to find out who this G.P. was. He is not on our alumni list as seen on our website. I finally had to go back into the bank books from 1936 and finally found a reference to a paycheck written to one Gustaf Plym. I believe Gustaf was the brother of the founder of the boatbuilders Bengt Plym of Sweden, where we built numerous boats. His weekly pay at S&S was $25.

The first evidence of Gustaf Plym was with design #136, White Cloud (1936) and ended with design #150, Elizabeth McCaw, also in 1936. Here’s the very short but impressive list of boats he worked on:
Design #137, White Cloud
Design #143, So Fong
Design #144, Prelude (8-meter)
Design #146, Vryling II (now Skylark)
Design #150, Elizabeth McCaw

Not a bad run.

Design 2352 - Preliminary Design of a 50' Motoryacht


Here's a preliminary design of a 50' length overall motoryacht that was never built. She's very reminiscent of a Midnight Lace. The year was 1978.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 50'-0"
LWL 44'-9'
Beam 15'-0"

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Design 2732 - Albin 46TE


I was out in Cos Cob Harbor this past Saturday and snapped this image of an Albin 46. We posted an article about her back in November of last year.

Design 2373 - Palawan V


This is the fifth and final Palawan designed for Thomas Watson, Jr. of IBM. The design brief was for a boat that could be handled by two couples, be comfortable, seaworthy, have excellent directional stability, have a wind vane steerer and all of the modern electronic equipment available for navigation.

Palawan V is robustly built of aluminum by Paul Luke of East Boothbay, Maine. She is very typical of Watson's preference for an expedition style with protected hard dodger. She was launched in 1981.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 50'-0"
LWL 36'-0"
Beam 4'-2"
Draft 6'-9"
Displacement 40,264 lbs
Ballast 15,000 lbs (lead poured internally)
Sail Area1,105 sq ft

More on 1603 - Lotus Class


Back in December of 2010 we posted an article about the Lotus Class, design #1603. We came across this image (which was misfiled) of a Lotus Class under sail, dated 1962. I was out cruising around Stamford Harbor last weekend and snapped this image which I'm pretty sure is a Lotus Class as well.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Design 619 - Loki Yawls


Back in April I posted an article on the "original" Loki yawls. It appears I was wrong. This design was the original Loki. My confusion lies in the fact the very same yard, Albert Lemos of Riverside, Rhode Island, built the first two boats, Loki and Chance, for the very same clients. Both were launched in 1947. Six boats were built to this design.


Here are the plans.


Here's an early article. Please double click for zoom.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 38'-0"
LWL 26'-0"
Beam 9'-7"
Draft 5'-8"
Displacement 18,600 lbs
Sail Area 701 sq ft

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Design 1781 - Prospect of Whitby


This is the first Prospect of Whitby designed and built for Arthur Slater. She was designed to the R.O.R.C Rule, and constructed of wood by Bjarne Aas of Fredrikstad, Norway. Aas was a naval architect in his own right, building many of his own designs. He is best known for his International One Design Class design. His yard did not survive the transition to fiberglass construction.

An interesting feature of this design is the rather marked "toe" low down in the forefoot and the straight line forming the bottom of the keel, which are somewhat unusual for any S&S design but were required by the owner to ease the problem of keeping the boat in a harbor that dries out at low tide.

Here are the plans.


Principal Dimension
LOA 41'-7"
LWL 30'-0"
Beam 11'-3"
Draft 6'-7"
Displacement 22,080 lbs
Ballast 11,000 lbs
Sail Area 725 sq ft

More About Design 736 - Egret


Back in May we posted an article about Egret, a 49'-5" yawl launched in '47. We found these great images of her in the files.