Saturday, January 21, 2012

Design 2182-C2 - Azahara

The owner of this beautiful boat was kind enough to send us these fine images. Azahara started her life as Mandrake, design #2182. She was constructed of aluminum by Walter Huisman of Holland and was designed and built for Admiral's Cup competition. The boat was then sold to the Duke of Arion of Spain and a new "C2" job number assigned when we were asked to assist with some rating changes and rigging modifications.

The images were take in the Oslofjord just outside of Oslo, Norway. It looks like a beautiful place to sail.

Comparing the images to the plans we can see a cockpit coaming and dodger have been added for cruising comfort. She's a great looking boat. Congratulations on her restoration. Thanks very much for sharing these images with us.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 48'-2"
LWL 36'-6"
Beam 12'-10"
Draft 7'-6"
Displacement 30,500 lbs
Ballast 16,100 lbs
Sail Area 1,018 sq ft

Friday, January 20, 2012

Design 2095-C2 - Tartan 42

A bog follower has asked us to post some information about the Tartan 42. So here you have it. The Tartan 42 was introduced in 1980. It was conceived as a slightly bigger (stretched) version of the venerable Tartan 41, with a more luxurious interior, extended deckhouse with a shoal draft "Scheel" keel as standard and a deep keel as optional. 34 hulls were built during a production run that ended in 1984.

Here is a copy of the brochure. As always please double click for larger view.

Here are the plans.

And here's a peek at a keel schematic for the Scheel keel. I will draw your attention to the section at the center of the drawing which gives a good indication of the shape.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 42'-0"
LWL 32'-0"
Beam 12'-3"
Draft 5'-0" (Scheel keel) 6'-11" (deep keel)
Displacement 22,000 lbs
Ballast 9,200 lbs
Sail Area 759 sq ft

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Limited Time Offer Discounted Royalty - Dark Harbor 20

Photo Credit: Nokomis Nelson

There's is something about Sparkman & Stephens design #68, the Dark Harbor 20, that draws people to her. Designed in 1932, 21 original boats were constructed. It is possible to recreate a copy of this beautiful boat. For a limited time only, now through the end of February, we are offering a discounted royalty for new wooden boat construction at $1,000 per boat. This represents a significant savings from the normal royalty of $3,750 per boat.

Click here for a previously posted article about the Dark Harbor 20.

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Design 2409 - Gitana Senior

Photo Credit: Gilles Favez

Gitana Senior (Z 78) was one of the last modern 6-meters to be designed by the firm. She was built for Baron Edmond de Rothschild of Switzerland at Chantier Naval Egger of St-Aubin, Switzerland. She was constructed of wood using cold molded techniques and materials.

Here is an image of the boat being faired at the shipyard which gives a good look at her shape.

Here is the sail plan.

A brief article about the boat. Please double click for zoom.

And finally here is a very dapper Roderick Stephens at the yard inspecting the work, very late in his career. The boat was launched in 1982. She makes Geneva her home port.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 33'-3"
LWL 24'-0"
Beam 6'-2"
Draft 5'-6"
Displacement 11,154 lbs
Sail Area 500 sq ft

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Design 2333 - Obsession

Not to be confused with the larger Obsession built in 1986 for the same owner, this I.O.R. racing yacht was built in 1978 by the Minneford Yacht Yard of City Island, New York. She was constructed of welded aluminum.

Here's an article that tells the story. Please double click for zoom.

The boat was extremely competitive. For example her first season ended with 8 class victories, 7 seconds and 4 third place finishes. Notable victories include: 1st in her first race at Larchmont Race Week, 1st in class Edgartown Race Week, 1st in the 250 mile Stamford-Vineyard Race and 1st in the O.R.C. of America's Fall Series.

Here are the plans.

The boat is now called Eagle One and makes Detroit, Michigan her home.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 45'-8"
LWL 34'-10"
Beam 14'-4"
Draft 8'-1"
Displacement 22,000 lbs
Ballast 8,978 lbs
Sail Area 935 sq ft

S&S 30 - Design 97-C2

In response to a number of people who have been asking, here's the S&S 30 showing the underbody and appendages.

Here is a comparison of the S&S 30 to some other contemporary designs. Please double click for zoom.

For plans, additional images, specifications and project history, please visit the Sparkman & Stephens 30 website at

Offered at $149,000.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Design 1999-C1 - Ruffian

This past May we posted an article about the Yankee 30, design 1999. A copy was built as a on-off by Swarbrick Brothers Yachts of Australia and simply called an S&S 30. The year was 1975. Here she is, now called Kobi. She looks to be in pristine condition.

Design 2399 - 55' Sail Trainer

I hope the readers of this blog site don't mind that we post the obscure designs along with the better known boats. Sometimes this means we have very little digital material and at other times it means we don't know much about the boats themselves. Both of these cases apply to this particular boat.

The client is listed as the Royal Navy, Minister of Defense. I assume this to mean England, but I could be wrong. The year was 1980. The construction material was aluminum.

Looking at the plan list below, it is complete and that makes me feel she was built.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 57'-0"
LWL 46'-3"
Beam 14'-11"
Draft 9'-6"
Sail Area 1,427 sq ft

Monday, January 16, 2012

More on the Preliminary Design of a 35' LOA Sloop

Saturday we posted an article about the preliminary design of a 35' auxiliary sloop. A blog reader asked us to post the sail plan. Here it is.

Design 2430 - Stevens 75

This preliminary design of a 75' length overall motorsailer was never built. It must have been created for a potential client of Bill Stevens. I note a client name in the title block and the yacht name Arctic Gypsy. Is is a typical "first pass" for a preliminary design: getting the owner's requirements/ideas down on the paper. The year was 1981.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 75'-2"
LWL 60'-0"
Beam 20'-0"
Draft 7'-0"
Displacement 113,939 lbs

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Design 2457 - Fairfax Trawler

We don't know much about this fiberglass trawler yacht design. There's a memo in the files that says "from James Raymond design, as revised 1982." I cant tell if James Raymond was the client and the man behind Fairfax Yachts or was a yacht designer himself. A search on the Internet reveals nothing about Raymond nor Fairfax Yachts (Virginia?).

Power was to be provided by a single modest Caterpillar 3304 NA (naturally aspirated) 4-cylinder marine diesel producing 115hp.

Here is the general arrangement and inboard profile.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 43'-10"
LWL 41'-9"
Beam 13'-0"
Draft 4'-5"
Displacement 36,100 lbs