Saturday, December 17, 2011

Design 1100 - USS Bittern, Mine Hunter (MHC 43)

This coastal mine hunter was constructed of pre-fabricated red oak frames by the Consolidated Shipbuilding Company of City Island, New York. Her keel was laid in August of 1955 and she was launched in March of 1957. She was the last vessel of over 100' to be built on City Island as well as the last vessel to be built by Consolidated Shipbuilding before they shut down the following year. This is not to be confused with Consolidated Yachts which remains open and active today.

Propulsion was by twin General Motors diesels generating 600 hp each for a speed of 14 knots. She was manned by a crew of 44. Her armament consisted of a 40mm and two 20mm guns as well as two depth charge projectors.

Here's her outboard profile plan.

Here are some construction images.

Laminating Frames

She was decommissioned in 1965 and struck from the Navy list in 1972. The USS Bittern was used by Southern Maine Technical College as a training vessel for professional mariners, re-named “AQUALAB” and served from 1973 until 1996 when she was towed south for scrapping. Here is the last known photograph of her.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 144'-5"
LWL 138'-0"
Beam 28'-0"
Draft 8'-0"
Displacement 358 t

Friday, December 16, 2011

Design 2146 - Oyster

Although most people know this boat as Silly Goose, she started life as Oyster. Oyster was designed and built for Admiral's Cup competition. She was built using cold molded wood construction techniques by the R. J. Prior & Son Ltd. yard of England and launched in 1973. So here's yet another contender for the Admiral's Cup of that year.

Here are the plans.

And a brief article about her.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 49'-4"
LWL 37'-6"
Beam 14'-11'
Draft 7'-8"
Displacement 36,270 lbs
Ballast 18,200 lbs
Sail Area 2,146 sq ft

Design 2281 - NYYC 50

The image above is actually of a New York Yacht Club 48, design #2281-C1. Before we get into a discussion about that design (which will be covered in a future posting), we must first set the stage.

In the spring of 1976 the NYYC received proposals from 18 design firms regarding a new one design class design that the NYYC had solicited late the previous year. The action was in response to the club's desire to encourage level racing by developing a new cruiser-racer class. The design brief was for a boat that would rate well under I.O.R. but would not do so at the expense of cruising and offshore sailing comfort. In addition the boat should be capable to access the Intercoastal Waterway, the Chesapeake Bay and the Bahamas and be manageable by a husband and wife team alone when cruising.

The 18 proposals were then narrowed down to three designs: from Ted Hood of Marblehead, Robert Derecktor of Mamaroneck, NY and Sparkman & Stephens. The S&S was design was selected.

Here are the plans.

Here's an article about the boat.

More about the NYYC 48 soon.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

More About Design 97-C2 - S&S 30

Here's the new S&S 30 in some very nice colors. Click here for more information.

Design 2440 - Fibro Tecnica 45'

Here's another interesting preliminary design of a cruising boat that just didn't make it into production. The year was 1982.

Here are the designer's comments. Please double click for zoom.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 45'-3"
LWL 33'-6"
Beam 13'-3"
Draft 5'-0"

Design 2470 - 101' LOA Motorsailer

Here's a design that did not get built. It's too bad as she's a nice looking boat and can pretty easily be imagined in one's mind's eye based on our boats of the same type. The boat was designed to be built of aluminum. The year was 1983.

Here's the general arrangement plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 101'-5"
LWL 77'-5"
Beam 23'-0"
Draft 8'-0"

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

More About Salacia II - Design 2009

This past weekend we posted an article about the beautiful Salacia II, design #2009. We were happy to hear from her owner and friends from Australia who were kind enough to send these nice photographs. These were taken after her restoration and off of Sydney, Australia. Thanks very much for sending these, she looks fantastic. Also, thanks for reading.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New York Yacht Club 32 Class - Design 125

Here's a nice (admittedly a bit tattered) painting of a bunch of NY32s, design #125, as published by The Rudder magazine, circa 1937. Courtesy of our friends from City Island, namely Tom Nye. Thanks for sending this.

Design 2501 - Naos

We've mentioned the Baltic 83 before but in passing. She's special enough that we think she merits further discussion. Only one boat was built to this design. The boat was designed in conjunction with Baltic Yachts with styling and layout by Tor Hinders and naval architecture (hull shape, appendages, structure and rig design) by S&S. This was our first collaboration with Baltic of Finland.

The hull and deck were constructed of fiberglass with a balsa core as are the structural bulkheads. She was launched in 1987.

Here's an article from Yachting magazine by writer Jack Somer. Please double click for bigger view.

Here's a presentation plan.

And some interior images.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 83'-3"
LWL 68'-6"
Beam 20'-3"
Draft 10'-8"
Displacement 106,000 lbs
Ballast 33,000 lbs
Sail Area 2,811 sq ft

Monday, December 12, 2011

Design 2536 - Astral

Astral was just one of a series of large motorsailers built by Palmer Johnson Yachts of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. She is constructed of welded aluminum. Design work began on the project in late 1988 and she was launched in the spring of 1990.

Here's an article from Showboats International magazine from 1990. Please double click for zoom.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 115'-0"
LWL 88'-0"
Beam 25'-3"
Draft 10'-0"
Displacement 265,000 lbs
Ballast 70,000 lbs
Sail Area 4,292 sq ft
Fuel Oil Capacity 3,000 gals
Fresh Water Capacity 1,500 gals