Saturday, November 19, 2011

Design 1292 & C1 - Palawan II and Ile de Feu

Samarkand - ex-Palawan II

Two beautiful boats were built to this design, which was prepared for Thomas J. Watson, Jr. This was to be his second Palawan. She was constructed by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany of wood using typical S&S scantlings and was launched as a sloop in 1958.

Palawan's sister, Ile de Fleu was built by the Shipyard Rameau of Etal, France and launched in 1962. She was designed and launched as a sloop. From the notes it looks like her lines were altered slightly from those of Palawan. From what I can tell Watson had his Palawan converted to a yawl based on Ile de Feu's successes. Here she is in a very dramatic image.

Ile de Feu - Image Courtesy of Beken of Cowes

Here are the plans. Both sloop and yawl sail plans are shown.


Principle Dimensions
LOA 54'-6"
LWL 37'-0"
Beam 13'-3"
Draft 5'-3"
Displacement 43,000 lbs
Ballast 13,000 (outside) 500 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 1,309 sq ft (sloop) 1,284 sq ft (yawl)

Ile de Feu - Image Courtesy of Beken of Cowes

Friday, November 18, 2011

Designs 2165 & 2176 - Siren Song and Tantara


Here's a nice image of of Siren Song, design #2165 tied up inside Tantara, design #2176 at the Minneford Yard of City Island, New York. The image (and quite a few more like it) is courtesy of the City Island Nautical Museum. Access their website by clicking here. Thank you very much for sending the entire batch of images to us. We'll be posting them over time. It really adds to our digital image collection.

Design 77-C - Ranger


We've posted about the J-class racing yacht Ranger before, but she is worthy of more mention. The image below is another one of the great images a friend of the firm sent to us yesterday. Thank you for sending it.


The image is of Rod Stephens and Starling Burgess at what I have to assume is Bath Iron Works of Maine, inspecting the installation of the ballast keel on Ranger. Or at least that's my guess. I have seen other images in various places of Ranger under construction with a large pile of lead ingots stacked alongside, such as in the very good book entitled "J-Class" by Francois Chevalier and Jacques Taglang.

The lead ingots do not mean the boat was ballasted in this way, although internal lead ingots were used. There is an external lead keel weighing in at 102 tons. Here is an image of the ballast casting prior to installation.


Regarding the ballast I find the following notes in the files:

1. The flotation marks on J-class racing yachts were two opposing triangles, each 2.6” deep. Where the points touched was the exact flotation plane. The Js were allowed to add or remove ballast as long as when in racing trim, a part of any of the two triangles was cut by the waterline. It was estimated that it took seven tons of lead to submerge a mark, so that they estimated that they could add or subtract six tons and still remain within the marks.
2. Ranger sailed the cup races with her maximum displacement.
3. Ranger was two tons heavy owing to a discrepancy in the keel casting.
4. One and a half tons of lead ingots were removed and she was thought to be half an inch light of her marks thereafter.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 135'-2"
LWL 87'-0"
Beam 21'-0"
Draft 15'-0"
Displacement 372,982 lbs
Ballast 228,704 lbs
Sail Area 2,546 sq ft

Thursday, November 17, 2011

More About Nyala - Design 214


A local sailmaker from City Island was kind enough to send us some historical images of interest. The image above is just one. It is of Nyala, design #214 being christened at the Nevins Yard. We posted an article about her yesterday. Thanks for sending this image (and the others).

Looking through our files a bit harder I came across the images below of her on the hard at Nevins, probably getting ready for winter. It gives one a good look at her hull shape.

More About Figaro - Design 1107


We posted an article back in May about sailing yacht Figaro, design #1107. She is a beautiful yawl built by the Joel Johnson Boatyard of Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1955. Here she is on the hard.

I received an email from the son of her last and final owner and he directed me to a webpage which describes her demise. It is on the US sailing website as her owner, Arthur B. Hanson was memorialized with the establishment of US Sailing's Hanson Rescue Medal. Click here to access the US Sailing webpage.

Here is his account of the final moments of Figaro's life, then named Foolscap, taken from the US Sailing webpage.

To All Who Would Be Concerned:

Today, January 24, 1979, the LUTINE BELL rang for a great lady of the sea--FOOLSCAP. For more than fifteen years, this ship was an integral part of our family life. Her passing was like her living. She was a lady to the end. She had been through four days of gales attempting to reach Las Palmas in the Canaries where she was planning to be sailed to Antigua. Toward the end of the four-day gale, the winds came on hurricane strength dead out of the Northwest and half filled her cabin. With short crew, the lady made for the beach and placed the crew ashore near Tan-Tan Morocco, approximately 250 miles dead east of Las Palmas. She was so close, but yet so far!

By the means of Very pistol, the crew was able to signal their plight and natives pulled them ashore through the raging surf. Shortly after their rescue, the hull shattered, but not until she had taken care of her humans. Personally I have lost a child. On the other hand, I can only admire her way of going and thank God that she was never faced with being a worm-eaten hulk unloved by anyone. She was a great ship, beautifully designed, who crossed the North Atlantic in seven ocean races in all of which she placed well. She participated in every Bermuda race from 1956 through 1978 and countless others. She was a thing of beauty and joyous to behold. I salute her!

Arthur B. Hanson

Thank you very much for sharing this with us.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Design 214 - Nyala


Yesterday we posted an article about the 12-meter racing yacht Northern Light, design #239. Nyala (US12) was the first 12-meter designed by the firm. She was launched just a few weeks prior to Northern Light by Nevins, the same builder who built both boats. In fact the two 12-meters were yard build numbers 434 (Nyala) and 435 (Northern Light). The year was 1938.

Nyala was designed and built for Frederick T. Bedford, then president of Standard Oil, as a gift to his daughter Lucie on the occasion of her wedding to Briggs Cunningham. I guess that's one way to get a top skipper on your boat. She was a very successful racing yacht.

Here are the plans.


The boat was completely restored in 1996 by Cantiere Navale dell'Argentario of Italy. Here she is just after her restoration. More images can be found on their website.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 70'-0"
LWL 45'-0"
Beam 11'-10"
Draft 8'-10"
Displacement 55,010 lbs
Sail Area 1,953 sq ft


Design 2301-C1 - Nauticat 40


Three motorsailer models were designed for Siltala Yachts of Finland and sold under the name of Nauticat. This is the third. In each case these motorsailers were developed for Nautor Swan, also of Finland, and in each case Nautor declined to build them at which time the design was taken up by Siltala. It leads me to believe that there was a relationship between the two yards but I can't prove this. It's interesting to note that the plans for this particular design were developed for Nautor in 1976 but production by Siltala did not begin until 1984.

The Nauticat 40 was built of fiberglass. The boat was offered in either a sloop of ketch rig configuration and with various interior layout options.

Here's an early article from Cruising World magazine.

Here are the plans.


Some interior shots.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 39'-4"
LWL 32'-10"
Beam 13'-2"
Draft 5'-9"
Displacement 30,865 lbs
Ballast 9,480 lbs
Sail Area 713 sq ft (sloop) 773 sq ft (ketch)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

More About Valiant - Design 1978


A few weeks ago we posted an article about the 12-meter racing yacht Valiant, design #1978. Here's a nice contemporary shot of her, courtesy of photographer Billy Black. Here's another of Valiant and Brilliant, design #12, also by Billy Black.


Thanks Billy.

Design 239 - Northern Light


The 12-meter racing yacht Northern Light (US14) was built for Alfred Lee Loomis, Jr. by Henry B. Nevins of City Island, New York. She is double planked of mahogany over cedar. Loomis had sailed on the 12-meter Gleam (also built at Nevins - designed by Clinton Crane) and wanted a boat like her. He approached Sparkman & Stephens who at that time had an office at the Nevins yard for his new design. This was the second 12-meter designed by the firm, the first being Nyala (more about her in a future posting).

The boat was a success, winning the Long Island Sound 12-Meter Championship in 1938, the year of her launch. Eventually, World War II put a stop to 12-meter racing and the boat was placed in storage until 1958 at which time 12-meter racing resumed. Northern Light was then used as a trial horse against the new Columbia.

Ultimately the boat wallowed dockside in Michigan and was nearly lost for good until a new owner purchased her in 1984 and restored her to her present condition. She now sails out of Newport, Rhode Island.

I snapped these images in New York Harbor last year.


Here are the plans.


Here's a nice close up of her Nevins-built coffee grinders.


And an S&S type plan to go with them.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 70'-0"
LWL 45'-0"
Beam 11'-10"
Draft 8'-9"
Displacement 55,166 lbs
Sail Area 1,916 sq ft

Design 2725 - Nazenin V

All Images Courtesy of Mark Lloyd

Nazenin V is the largest of a long line of motorsailers designed by the company and the only one we have designed with a flybridge. Her length overall is 170'. The boat was built of aluminum by RMK Yachts of Turkey and launched in 2009.

Here is the general arrangement.


And some interior images.

Dining Room

Main Salon

Master Stateroom

Master Stateroom

Aft Cockpit

Some construction images can be accessed by clicking here. For further information, you can access an article about the boat by Boat International magazine by clicking here (please follow the link on the RMK website).

Principal Dimensions
LOA 170'-7"
LWL 134'-6"
Beam 33'-10"
Draft 14'-9"
Air Draft 193'-7"
Sail Area 10,754 sq ft
Light Ship Displacement 364 Long Tons

Monday, November 14, 2011

Design 1225 - Blue Cloud


We don't have much on hand for this design, shy of asking Mystic Seaport to send us some plans but I'm posting her anyway. I pulled this sail plan from a negative (sorry for the poor quality). I like the look of the boat even though her deckhouse is rather tall versus her freeboard and the camber on her housetop looks excessive. Her sheer and overhangs are beautiful. She is obviously a centerboarder based on her draft.

She was built by Hodgdon Brothers of East Boothbay, Maine. The year of her launch was 1956.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 42'-10"
LWL 29'-6"
Beam 11'-9"
Draft 4'-4"
Displacement 22,400 lbs
Sail Area 846 sq ft

More on Avanti Under Construction - Design 85


Here are some more updated images of the copy of Avanti, design #85, being built in Holland. She's really starting to take shape. Thanks very much for sending these.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 55'-8"
LWL 40'-0"
Beam 12'-5"
Draft 7'-9"
Displacement 46,900 lbs