Saturday, December 24, 2011

Design 124 - Rainey


This design takes us back to 1936. To my eye she is very reminiscent of Babe, design #97, built the previous year. But she is six feet longer. The boat was constructed of wood by the Kretzer Boat Works of City Island, New York. It is interesting to note her original owner was one William Appleton and I wonder if he was the father of Joseph Wheeler Appleton, who we have discussed previously in these pages.

Here is the general arrangement plan. Please note the very talented draftsman who produced these two plans was Roderick Stephens, Jr. He would have been 27 year old at the time.


One final note. The boat originally made her home in Port Washington, New York. The last record we have of her is from 1972. She was renamed Hustler and her home port was West Barrington, Rhode Island. I will be curious to know if anyone has seen her.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 36'-9"
LWL 30'-0"
Beam 9'-10"
Draft 5'-0"
Sail Area 715 sq ft

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays

More on Comanche 42 - Design 1867


I was digging through the files and found this great sailing image. On the back someone had clearly written Swan 41. Hmm. I don't think so. I understand why it was misfiled. It's a little hard to miss that Chris Craft logo on the mainsail or those distinctive windows. The boat is in fact a Chris Craft Comanche 42, design #1867.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Design 1986-C1 - Atrevido


Here is Atrevido. She is a modified version of Niagara, a boat designed for Canada's Cup racing. Her aluminum hull, deck and structure were built by Robert E. Derecktor of Mamaroneck, New York. She was then shipped to Argentina for completion (yard unknown). The year was 1969.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 42'-5"
LWL 31'-0"
Beam 11'-5"
Draft 6'-6"

More About 1985 - Prospect of Whitby (II)


We have received a couple of emails plus comments from blog readers related to the image that was shown on the PJ40 brochure versus Prospect of Whitby II. Here's a detailed shot of Prospect's cockpit. I have admit that image on the PJ brochure is pretty clearly her, especially when one focuses on the details such as handrails, winch location, traveler and deck prisms. It just seems very strange they would use this image and not an image of a Swan 40, very strange indeed.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Design 1985 - Prospect of Whitby (II)


Earlier this week we posted an article about the Palmer Johnson 40, design #2025. A blog reader asked: "Is the boat with sail number 130 on the PJ advertising Prospect of Whitby II? Are her lines the same as those of the PJ/Swan 40?" The simple answer is no. Prospect of Whitby II is shown here. She was built of steel by Frans Maas of Holland and launched in 1968. She was designed for Admiral's Cup racing.

Here are the plans.


And an article about her.


I must admit though I am scratching my head about that PJ40 image we showed with the sail number of 130. Here's Prospect I (design #1781) and II sailing together, each with a sail number of 130. I just don't have an explanation.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 42'-7"
LWL 32'-8"
Beam 12'-2"
Draft 7'-1"
Displacement 24,635 lbs
Ballast 8,997 lbs
Sail Area 763 sq ft

Design 2386 - Ocean Cruising 48


This design was commissioned by Hank Hinckley in 1979 for what appears to be a new yacht building company in Bar Harbor, Maine called Ocean Cruising Yachts. I do not believe the company got off the ground or beyond this stage of promotion. Her Hinckley roots are evident.

Here's the rest of the brochure. Please double click for zoom.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 47'-7"
LWL 36'-0"
Beam 13'-9"
Draft 4'-10" (centerboard up) 9'-6" (centerboard down)
Displacement 29,375 lbs
Ballast 11,494 lbs
Sail Area 1,062 sq ft

Monday, December 19, 2011

Design 2346 - Beach Support Vehicle (BSV)


This amphibious vehicle looks like a proposal or conceptual package to me. The work was commissioned by Consolidated Diesel in 1978. It looks like a baby D.U.K.W, design #402 (or at least a distant relative). Looking at the plan list (see below) you can see the set of plans from 2346-A through 2346-Y were concept drawings of a variety of different configurations and and four "final plans" were generated. The bottom line is I don't thing any of these vehicles were ever built.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 38'-0"
LWL 35'-9"
Beam 11'-9"
Draft 1'-7"

Design 2025 - Palmer Johnson 40


We have already discussed the Swan 40 which bears the same design number #2025. So what is this boat versus the Swan (hint: it's the very same boat)? Here's how it came to be: In the late 1960s the boatbuilder, Palmer Johnson of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, established a brokerage division with representatives around the Unites States: New York, Chicago and Newport Beach, California, and a representative in Hants, England. Their strategy was to market a number of fiberglass sailboats under their name but built by various builders, primarily in Europe.

The PJ40 is just such a boat. The boats were in fact built by Nautor Swan and sold by PJ under their name. Eventually Nautor decided that it was no longer in their best interest to have their yachts sold through Palmer Johnson, and returned to the practice of exclusively selling the boats under their own name.

The material shown above is an advertisement form the period. The images below are from their sales literature.


Here's the general arrangement plan, identical to the Swan 40 but with the PJ name in the title block.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 39'-6"
LWL 28'-6"
Beam 10'-10"
Draft 6'-5"
Displacement 15,776 lbs
Ballast 9,200 lbs
Sail Area 706 sq ft