Friday, March 16, 2012

Design 1335 - Goose

This one has me scratching my head. This is actually the original 6-meter Goose, design #243, launched in 1938. In 1957 she was completely rebuilt at the Luders Yard in Stamford, Connecticut but with completely new strip planking. Then in 1971 her after sections, rudder and transom were heavily modified to what you see here. Yet the boat today seems to have the original transom. So at some point she was again modified, back to her original configuration.

So my questions are: why did we assign a new job number instead of simply giving the job a "C1" extension like we would normally do? Who would do this to such a beautiful boat as Goose? And when did it get reversed?

Here is the original sail plan.

And the modified sail plan.

Here is a detail of the modifications to the Lines.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 36'-11"
LWL 23'-6"
Beam 6'-0"
Draft 5'-5"
Sail Area 474 sq ft


  1. I think the original stern hangs mounted in the main room of Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club.

  2. Back in these days there was no concept of "classic" or preserving old designs - only the idea that taking advantage of the breakthroughs of Intrepid may be retrofitted on older sixes. With the coming of the first International 6 Metre World Cup in 1973, some Seattle owners were willing to experiment with existing boats, instead of building new ones. Both Goose and Buzzy III (Design 1151) were modified in nearly exactly the same way, at the same time, side-by-side, with an added "kicker", shortened counter and slightly changed sail plan. Buzzy III had the added modification of having her keel shaved and "vee'd", with internal ballast added forward for balance. At the time there were up to 20 sixes on the line for weeknight racing at on Lake Washington in Seattle. The picture above was taken at Leschi Yacht Basin. The south portion of the marina is just beyond the yard, with the I-90 floating bridge western highrise descending to the lake in the further background.

  3. Twenty sixes in a weeknight race? What a sight that must have been! And what a joy to race.

    Paul J. Nolan

  4. Goose was re created by Luders in 1958 specifically to win the Seawanhaka Cup back from the Canadians. The plan was to re deed it to the 5.5 meter class which had replaced the 6mr as an Olympic class. Luders at the time was involved with designing and building American Eagle, which was competing with the S&S designed Constellation for the right to defend the America's Cup. According to 6mr lore, Olin refused to supply design 243 lines to Luders who took the lines off the original Goose in order to build the new boat of 5 layers of hot molded mahogany. The non sanctioned replica was not really acknowledged until years later. This may have been why the design work that S&S did in 1971 got a new number [1335] rather than an extension of #243.