Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Design 1930-C2 - Blithe Spirit


Originally launched as Gem, this interesting boat is actually a modified Freya Class boat.  She was built by Cantiere Benello of Italy but was shipped to America for completion.  The year was 1969.

Her second owner renamed her Blithe Spirit, was very particular about the sail plan and was a big proponent of the twin "Tradewind" staysail rig. Here's an article written by the second owner touting the rig. Please double click for zoom.

Here is the sail plan.

Our records show she made 4 transatlantic crossings and cruised extensively in Ireland, England, France and the Mediterranean as well as thoroughly exploring the Caribbean and Bahamas.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 44'-9"
LWL 33'-0"
Beam 12'-4"
Draft 7'-0"
Displacement 25,000 lbs
Ballast 11,000 lbs
Sail Area 921 sq ft

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