Saturday, December 31, 2011

Design 1192 - Windalier

Here is the first Windalier to be designed and built for Colonel Edwin Singer of the Pontiac Refining Corporation of Corpus Christi, Texas. Singer was born in New York but moved to Texas and began building refineries which he ultimately sold. He was hugely successful in many aspects of his life. He was a philanthropist and is credited with shaping Corpus Christi into the modern city it is today.

Although there are many, a typical example of Singer's involvement with Corpus Christi is as follows: in the early 1960s he purchased a significant block of land along the bayfront. He then donated the property to the city. Today it is the site of the Museum of Science and History, the Art Museum of South Texas, the Watergarden and the Harbor Playhouse. His involvement didn't stop there. He lead the fund raising for the Art Museum. Further he then persuaded the architect Philip Johnson to design the Art Museum.

Watergarden and Art Museum, Corpus Christi
Philip Johnson

Singer was also a founding member and Commodore of the Corpus Christi Yacht Club.

Back to his boat. As I said this was his first Windalier. She was constructed of wood by the Abeking & Rasmussen yard of Lemwerder, Germany and launched in 1956. A larger boat would follow in 1962, design #1615, also named Windalier.

Here is the general arrangement plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 43'-6"
LWL 29'-6"
Beam 11'-9"
Draft 4'-3"
Displacement 22,400 lbs
Sail Area 847 sq ft

Friday, December 30, 2011

Design 2081 - Shohola

This well proportioned motorsailer was constructed of welded aluminum by the Paul E. Luke yard of East Boothbay, Maine. She was launched in 1972. Here's an article about the boat with comments from both the design office and her owner. Please double click for zoom.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 58'-8"
LWL 43'-6"
Beam 15'-6"
Draft 5'-9" (board up)
Displacement 63,000 lbs
Ballast 18,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,446 sq ft

Design 2695 - 24' Daysailer

Here's an interesting little design study that we undertook back in 2002. In the design of this simple daysailer we have taken a proven hull shape, design #1497 - the Dolphin 24, and greatly simplified it. A summary of modifications is as follows:
Eliminate deckhouse
Eliminate interior - simple storage below foredeck
Lower sheer by 50mm from original lines plan as we have no headroom requirement
Modify stern overhang slightly for aesthetically reasons

Other details:
Simple cockpit with bench seats surrounded by a varnished coaming board on edge
Wooden toe rail
Tiller steering
Diesel auxiliary - conventional shafting
Aluminum spar
All halyards led below deck
Dacron sails

The logic behind the exercise was to produce an inexpensive daysailer by significantly reducing the cost of design fees in addition to simplifying the boat to make her affordable.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 24'-0"
LWL 19'-0"
Beam 7'-8"
Draft 2'-10" (board up) 5'-2" (board down)
Displacement 3,600 lbs
Ballast 1,310 lbs
Sail Area 297 sq ft

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Design 2157 - Morning Cloud III

Here is the third Morning Cloud for Sir Edward Heath. She was designed for Admiral's Cup competition, built of wood by the yard of Clare Lallow of Cowes, England. She was launched in 1972. The boat deserves considerable discussion as she was lost at sea during what started out as a pretty straightforward delivery. Heath was not aboard at the time.

Here are a couple of newspaper clippings about the event. Please double click for zoom.

The best summary of the loss of Morning Cloud can be found in the very good book, Heavy Weather Sailing by Adlard Coles. Here's a reprint of appendix 6. This is posted here without permission, so thank you to the author. Again, please double click for zoom.

Here are the plans.

Here's a dramatic sketch that was published in Seahorse magazine as part of an article about the incident.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 44'-9"
LWL 34'-1"
Beam 13'-6"
Draft 7'-1"
Displacement 27,107 lbs
Ballast 14,940 lbs
Sail Area 856 sq ft

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Design 367 - Sailing Dinghy

This little catboat was designed and built for Avard E. Fuller. The year was 1940. We have no record of who built her. Fuller was a very good client of the firm, with seven boats designed over a span of 26 years (1935-1965). Here's a summary and links to his other boats:

Design #280, Cirrus - 33'-6" sloop, 1939
Design #341, 18'-0" runabout, 1940
Design #381, Gesture - 57'-4" sloop
Design #622, Eroica - 48'-9" yawl, 1945
Design #1534, Diogones - 50'-3" ketch, 1959
Design #1819, Pieces of Eight - 47'-7" power

Here are a couple of construction sections. Note for both of the plans shown the draftsman was Roderick Stephens, Jr.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 7'-10"
LWL 7'-6"
Beam 4'-0"
Draft 10" (board up)
Sail Area 48 sq ft

More About Santana - Design 59

A blog reader asked us about design #59, the schooner Santana: "When was the rig changed to a staysail schooner?"

Here's a brief chronology:

Santana in fact began her life as a staysail schooner, launched in 1935 by the Wilmington Boat Works. In 1942 she was converted to a yawl rig (as seen above) but her main mast was not increased in height and as a result she was sorely under-canvassed. She was configured as a yawl during the time her most famous owner, Humphrey Bogart, owned her.

After numerous owners (I count 11), she was on the market for the 12th time when sadly, in 1977 she sank at the dock in San Fransisco. She was purchased by Paul Kaplan, owner of a San Fransisco Bay boatyard, and underwent a complete refit. It was at this time she was converted back into a staysail schooner, after 35 years as a yawl. Kaplan still owns the boat and she is in perfect condition.

Interestingly the old mizzen mast now serves as a flagpole at Kaplan's home. Here it is.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Design 231 - Michel II

The 6-meter Michel II was designed for the engineer, Dr. Hans "Polly" Collignon of Berlin. She was constructed of wood by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany and launched in 1938. Her placement within the group of Sparkman & Stephens pre-war 6-meters is of interest as she was designed between the 6-meters Lulu and Fun, designs #179 and #180 and Djinn and Goose, designs #238 and #243, respectively.

The boat originally made her home on Lake Constance (also known as Bodensee) where she resides to this day to the best of my knowledge. Her sail number is G37.

Here is the construction plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 36'-11"
LWL 23'-4"
Beam 6'-0"
Draft 5'-0"
Sail Area 469 sq ft

Mystery Model Solved

We just happened to receive a comment about design #832, sailing yacht Chance, over the weekend. The current owner has posted some images to his MobileMe Gallery. In reviewing the design this morning it dawned on me that this is possibly the design of the model in question that we posted yesterday. Looking at the general arrangement and sail plans I note the following (matching) details, aside from the obvious:
1. House geometry and number of portlights match
2. Companionway off center to starboard
3. Aft portlight after edge aligned with companionway hatch garage
4. The next portlight forward of it centered on aft end of amidships hatch
5. Extremely tall binnacle at forward end of cockpit
6. Strange hatch at after end of cockpit coaming - very small and tall
7. Keel geometry
8. Rudder geometry
9. Propeller aperture geometry
10. Date of launch is 1949, which works with the model date of 1954.

I believe the mystery is solved. Thanks to the owner of Chance for coincidentally sending us this link.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Mystery Model

We've had this unusual model with full sail plan sitting in a closet for years. Our model maker friend, Norman Angus, just did a major cleanup for us. It was decided not to do a full restoration such as to repair the dings in the toe rail as we were concerned it would actually hurt the value. Now we just have to figure out what boat it is. The only notation on the back is by who I assume is the model builder: Don Peterson, Larchmont (New York) 1954.