Saturday, September 24, 2011

Design 2223 - Galvana

Three boats were built to this Admiral's Cup design. The most well known is Galvana which races regularly in the Mediterranean classic circuit. She was built Astilleros Caravela S.L. of Spain of wood and launched in 1975.

Galvana won her class at the 2005 Argentario Sailing Week, finished second in 2006 and third in 2007. She won her class in the Les Voiles de St. Tropez in 2008 and took overall victory in the Classic category at the Règates Royales de Cannes.

Here is the arrangement plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 54'-2"
LWL 39'-4"
Beam 14'-0"
Draft 8'-2"
Displacement 36,112 lbs
Ballast 17,500 lbs
Sail Area 1,196 sq ft

Friday, September 23, 2011

Design 2736 - 129' Expedition Yacht

This husky expedition yacht is currently under construction at Newcastle Shipyard of Palatka, Florida. She is constructed with an ice strengthened steel hull and aluminum superstructure. The drivetrain utilizes twin rotating Schottel azipods, thus eliminating the rudders. Expected launch date is December, 2011.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 128'-9"
LWL 118'-0"
Beam 28'-0"
Draft 8'-6"
Displacement 739,200 lbs
Propulsion (2) Caterpillar ACERT C-32, A-Rating, 750 bhp @1800RPM
Top Speed 13.30 knots
Cruise Speed 11.1 knots

Design 2413 - Stevens 40

The Stevens 40 was a further development of the product line that started with the Stevens 47. Built by Queen Long Marine of Taiwan, the model was introduced in 1981. She's a lovely boat; safe and easy to handle. The boats were available in both centerboard and full keel versions.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 40'-7"
LWL 31'-4"
Beam 12'-7"
Draft 6'-0" (full keel) 4'-6" (centerboard version)
Displacement 24,000 lbs
Ballast 7,532 lbs
Sail Area 767 sq ft

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sparkman & Stephens Announces Collaboration with Front Street Shipyard

Front Street Shipyard (Belfast, ME) just unveiled two new S&S designs - the Front Street 130 & 118. Read the press release by clicking here.

Design 820 - Caribe

Caribe was constructed of wood by the Dalin Boatyard of San Isidro, Argentina, which is located on the River Plate. She was built for a top official in the Peron regime and launched in 1954. Her construction is interesting. Planking is 1-1/8" Petiribi with white oak frames on 11" centers with copper rivet fasteners.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 50'-0"
LWL 35'-4"
Beam 13'-0"
Draft 5'-6" (board up) 9'-0" (board down)
Displacement 64,000 lbs
Ballast 9,300 lbs
Sail Area 1,220 sq ft

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Design 2390 - Stevens 47

We have posted a number of articles about spin-offs of this venerable design. This is the original, designed as a cruising boat for blue water sailing. It's a great boat and her center cockpit design mkes her comfortable and safe for any group. These boats are very popular in the charter trade. They are virtually indestructible.

Not to be confused with Sparkman & Stephens, these were originally developed by Bill Stevens of Annapolis. The boats were introduced in 1981. Approximately 60 boats were built during this initial run. I would have to go back and look at how many total boats were produced over the Stevens 47, Hylas 47, Stevens 50, and Hylas 49 production runs. The Hylas 49 is still produced today.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 46'-10"
LWL 37'-9"
Beam 14'-3"
Draft 6'-0"
Displacement 32,000 lbs
Ballast 14,500 lbs
Sail Area 1,051 sq ft

Design 2286 - Morning Star

This nice looking 3/4-tonner was built by Swarbrick Brothers Yachts of Australia. She was built using cold molded techniques. The year was 1977.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 34'-0"
LWL 25'-10"
Beam 11'-4"
Draft 6'-0"
Sail Area 465 sq ft

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monaco Yacht Show 2011

I am on my way to the Monaco Yacht Show which runs from Wednesday, 21 September through Sunday, 24 September. If anyone is heading there and needs tickets, please email me at and I will walk them out to you at the entrance. I have a bunch with me. I expect to arrive around 11am tomorrow.

Design 2747 - Preliminary Design of a 65' Modern Classic Sloop

Here's one that never got off the drawing boards. It's too bad; she's a nice looking boat.

Here's a peek at her shape, sans appendages.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 65'-3"
LWL 45'-10"
Beam 16'-4"
Draft 9'-0"
Displacement 63,800 lbs
Sail Area 1,960 sq ft

Design 2057 - Prospect of Whitby III

This was the third Prospect of Whitby built for Arthur Slater. This I.O.R. boat was designed and built for the 1971 Admiral's Cup. She was built of aluminum by the Huisman Shipyard of Holland and then shipped to W. A. Souter & Son in Cowes, England for completion and fit out.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 45'-2"
LWL 33'-4"
Beam 13'-0"
Draft 7'-1"
Displacement 25,088 lbs
Ballast 12,000 lbs
Sail Area 818 sq ft

Monday, September 19, 2011

Design 2268 - Scandalous

This light displacement ocean racing yacht was constructed by Sparcraft of Costa Mesa, California. She was launched in 1973. Construction is of welded aluminum. Every effort has been made to locate weight amidships. Note the hydraulically driven propeller shaft.

Although designed as an all out racing yacht the boat was used extensively for cruising with her generous galley, enclosed head and hot water system.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 50'-5"
LWL 36'-7"
Beam 14'-0"
Draft 8'-0"
Displacement 26,350 lbs
Ballast 15,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,134 sq ft

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Design 2172 - Alpa 36

Introduced in 1973, this motorsailer by Alpa S.P.A. of Cremona, Italy was constructed of fiberglass. The boat was offered with both sloop and ketch rigs. It is yet another example of Rod Stephen's penchant for the type as a roomy cruising boat, albeit somewhat at the cost of beauty.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 36'-10"
LWL 27'-3"
Beam 11'-3"
Draft 5'-0"
Displacement 18,197 lbs
Ballast 7,000 lbs
Sail Area 602 sq ft (sloop) 607 sq ft (ketch)