Saturday, December 10, 2011

Design 2009 - Salacia II

Around 1969, the boat to beat in Australian waters was Ragamuffin, the boat designed and built for Syd Fischer. She is design #1949 and we have discussed her before. In 1970 Arthur Byrne decided to challenge her dominance and asked us to design a similar boat. Byrne turned to Quilkey Brothers of Taren Point, New South Wales, Australia to build her, the same builder as Ragamuffin.

Salacia II was built using cold molded epoxy techniques. Her frames are of laminated Queensland Maple and planking of Oregon Pine. At the time she was declared the most expensive ocean racer ever built in Australia.

The design is similar to Ragamuffin, but she is wider, especially at her transom and has a shallower canoe body. She was designed to rate better under the I.O.R. Rule. She was designed for Admiral's Cup competition and was a member of the 1971 Australian team alongside Ragamuffin and Koomooloo. The team finished second that year.

Here's her sail plan. I apologize that we don't have a scanned copy of her general arrangement handy.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 48'-6"
LWL 36'-0"
Beam 13'-0"
Draft 7'-9"
Displacement 30,975 lbs
Ballast 16,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,068 sq ft

Friday, December 9, 2011

Design 106 - 16' W.L. Sloop

Here's another design that was discovered in the files. The card file says two things: "proposal" and "not built". The name given is Dark Harbor One Design or Islesborough Class (note spelling). I can't tell if we were asked to prepare this design or if we prepared it trying to sell it to someone like the Tarratine Yacht Club of Isleboro, Maine. Perhaps it was to be a smaller sister to the Dark Harbor 20 designed 3 years earlier. The plan shown above was drawn by Rod Stephens in 1935.

Principal Dimensions
L.O.A. 21'-9"
L.W.L. 16'-0"
Beam 6'-0"
Draft 3'-7"

Design 418 - 174' Navy Harbor Tanker

These vessels were built of welded steel and were designed to carry gasoline, heavy oil, water and in later designs mixed liquid cargo. These boats were normally designated YO (oil), YOG (gasoline) or YM (water). Typical capacities were 6,500 barrels of gasoline and 5,000 barrels of heavy oil. They were intended for harbor service but were classed for coastwise service by A.B.S. (American Bureau of Shipping). They were excellent sea boats. Approximately 100 units were built between 1942 - 1946.

All were single screw with three types of machinery installations: Union Diesel 560hp, Fairbanks Morse 500hp or General Motors Model 8-278A rated at 640hp. Top speed was about 10 knots.

Here's the outboard profile.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 174'-0"
LWL 68'-0"
Beam 33'-0"
Displacement 950 tons
Draft 11'-10"

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Design 97-C2 - S&S30

“Of all these beautiful boats, which one would you redesign?” Olin Stephens chose design #97, Babe, a 30’ Sparkman & Stephens sloop from 1935.

For plans, additional images, specifications and project history, please visit the Sparkman & Stephens 30 website at

Offered at $149,000.

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Design 109 - Green Pastures and Her Sisters

While we were looking around in our microfiche files earlier this week and stumbled upon design #111, which we posted, we came across this interesting motorsailer design. I confess I am a bit confused by her. She is another design generated in our Boston office under the direction of K. Aage Nielsen. Our master database states she was "not built", as does the K. Aage Nielsen book.

However looking at our card files there is a note that 3 boats were built to the design: Green Pastures, Folly II and Dormar II. The boats are listed as having been built by Franklin G. Post & Son of Mystic, Connecticut. Green Pasture was supposed to have been launched in 1935 and her sisters in '36. The plot thickens: looking at the list of boats built by Green on the Mystic Seaport website (Records of Franklin G. Post & Son; Collection 200) I see no record of any of the these boats.

In any event here are the general arrangement and construction plans. If you are an Aage Nielsen fan, these three plans are from his hand and probably haven't been seen since '35-'36.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 47'-5"
LWL 41'-0"
Beam 13'-0"
Draft 5'-0"

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Design 1862 - Iroquois - Sold

The 8-meter racing yacht Iroquois, design #1862, has been sold. Here's a great image of her at the time of her launch at the Minneford Yacht Yard of City Island in 1967.

More About Palawan - Design 991

We did not have any vintage images of Palawan, design #991, the first of the series of Palawans, until yesterday when I came across this great sailing shot that had been placed in the wrong folder.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Design 111 - 50' W.L. Motorsailer

This proposed motorsailer design was never built. We dug it out of our microfiche files simply to have a look. The preliminary design was generated in our Boston office in 1935.

Here is the general arrangement plan.

The client was either William Bross Lloyd who would have been 60 at the time this design was prepared, or William Bross Lloyd, Jr. who would have been 27 at the time. I'm voting on the former. If so here's a little background on him:

William Bross Lloyd, the son of Henry Demarest Lloyd, was born in 1875. His father published a series of articles (Chicago Tribune) exposing corruption in business and politics. These articles caused Lloyd to be described as America's first investigative journalist.

As a young man his parents introduced him to a lot of political figures including Jane Addams, John Peter Altgeld, Clarence Darrow, William Dean Howells and John Dewey. Lloyd also developed radical views and he joined the Socialist Party of America.

After the death of his mother, he inherited a considerable fortune. This did not change his political opinions and ran for senator on the Socialist ticket in Illinois in 1918. He was also a supporter of the Russian Revolution and in November 1918 joined the Communist Propaganda League and later the Socialist Party of America.

William Bross Lloyd died in 1946.

William Bross Lloyd

Design 2116 - Columbine

This One-tonner was designed and built to compete in the One Ton Cup of 1972. The boat was constructed of fiberglass with a cored hull and deck by Camper & Nicholson Ltd. of England. She was launched in late 1971.

Here are the plans.

And here's her dapper crew.

United States Sailing Team 1972 - World One Ton Cup
Cruising Yacht Club, Sydney, Australia
Crew listed from left to right:
Jim Dahl, Jeff Foster, David Kellett, (helmsman)
Henry Pickersgill, Al Delasandro, (Owner) Bruce Eissner

Principal Dimensions
LOA 35'-4"
LWL 29'-0"
Beam 12'-3"
Draft 6'-5"
Sail Area 632 sq ft

More About Odyssey - Design 155

Exactly a year ago, we posted an article about Odyssey, design #155. If you recall she was built by Nevins and launched in 1938. Here are a couple of additional images of her on launch day. She's a beautiful boat.

Here's shot with her full complement of sails.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Design 1397 - Flair

It's always a disappointment when we don't possess a photograph of one of our designs. That is the case with Flair. Nonetheless she is an interesting motorsailer design. Flair was constructed of steel with a wood deckhouse by the boatyard of Peter Mayer of Racine, Wisconsin. She was launched in 1960.

Here is the general arrangement plan.

And a typical construction section.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 49'-1"
LWL 38'-6"
Beam 14'-4"
Draft 4'-7" (board up) 8'-3" (board down)
Displacement 46,848 lbs
Sail Area 1,028 sq ft

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Design 1463 - Cairu III

I am not exactly sure why this design was assigned a new job number. She is an exact copy of Figaro, design #1107 in terms of shape. It does look like her construction plan was modified slightly. The boat was built for a repeat client who previously owned a Brasil Class, design #509, named Cairu II.

The boat was built by Yachting Brasiliero of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The year was 1960, five years after Figaro's launch.

More about Figaro here.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 47'-6"
LWL 32'-6"
Beam 12'-2"
Draft 4'-5"(board up)
Displacement 25,870 lbs
Ballast 7,550 lbs
Sail Area 1,092 sq ft