Saturday, January 28, 2012

Design 72 - Tawas Bay One Design

This design takes us back to 1935. We can't tell if the Tawas Bay One Design was commissioned by the Tawas Bay Yacht Club of Tawas Bay, Michigan. The boats were built by Tawas Boat Works from the same town.

The boat are very similar to yet slightly smaller than the Dark Harbor 20, designed 4 design numbers and 3 years earlier, with the exception of the missing deckhouse.

Here is the construction plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 27'-1"
LWL 17'-6"
Beam 6'-2"
Draft 3'-9"

Friday, January 27, 2012

Design 385 - Richardson 37 Power Cruiser

Way back in 2010 we posted an article about the Richardson 31. Here is a bigger sister at 37' introduced in 1941. The images with the models are amusing.

Here is the brochure.

And here is a Richardson 37' today. It's a great looking boat. Thanks for sending this image.

Design 2241 - Alpa A27

Sparkman & Stephens designed 9 production sailing yacht models for Alpa Yachts of Cremona, Italy between 1969 and 1977. Alpa was one of the first fiberglass production builders in Europe and was highly regarded. The A27 was introduced in 1976. Like many of the Alpa line, the A27 was a relatively big volume cruising boat.

When Alpa ceased operation in 1977, the A27 molds were moved to the Zuanelli yard and production continued as the Z30.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 26'-10"
LWL 23'-0"
Beam 9'-8"
Draft 5'-3"
Displacement 6,470 lbs
Ballast 2,300 lbs
Sail Area 385 sq ft

Here are some rare images of the Alpa factory, courtesy of Davide Zerbinati.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

S&S 30 - Design 97-C2

Here's a very nice rendering of the new S&S 30 that will be printed full scale and will be on display at the upcoming New England Boat Show in Boston, February 11th - 19th. That means the print will be approximately 32' long x 8' tall!

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

Offered at $149,000, sail away price.

For more information including how to purchase please contact one of our offices or email us at:

More About Saraband - Design 1519

A blog reader asked us about the sail area on design #1519, Saraband, a design we posted well over a year ago. It dawned on us that we never posted the sail plan, so here it is. Saraband is a very special double-ender.

While we're at it, here are a few magazine articles about the boat. Please double click for zoom.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 35'-0"
LWL 29'-0"
Beam 8'-6"
Draft 5'-3"
Displacement 14,350 lbs
Ballast 5,800 lbs (outside) 200 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 572 sq ft

Design 2175 - Nicola V

This is one of those designs that we don't know a lot about. After researching this design a bit it looks like 2 boats were built to the same set of plans, of wood. The boats were Nicola V and Anita. The builder was Johann de Dood of Bremen, Germany. The year was 1973. They are Admiral's Cuppers. It's a great looking profile with styling by the very talented designer Johan Valentijn.

I apologize that we don't have a small scale general arrangement handy. Here is a description of the layout: Aft cabin - quarter berths aft, port and starboard; galley forward to port; toilet room to starboard plus navigator's space; main cabin - settee to port converts to berth; upper berth to starboard with settee converting to berth; toilet room to port; forepeak - pipe berths port and starboard.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 42'-0"
LWL 32'-0"
Beam 12'-4"
Draft 6'-11"
Displacement 21,084 lbs
Ballast 10,000 lbs
Sail Area 787 sq ft

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Design 2102 & C1 - Rubin and Jan Potte

We have mentioned Rubin, the Admiral's Cup racing yacht in a previous posting. She was part of the 1973 German team. Two identical sisters were built to this design by Bermester of Germany. Rubin was the first and launched in 1973 followed by Jan Potte the following year.

Here are some interesting construction images showing the cold molded hull, turning of the hull, the aluminum ring frames and leaf spring floors and the deck under construction. We are not sure if these images are of Rubin or of Jan Potte.

Here is the brochure showing the sail plan and the general arrangement. The drafting is beautiful.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 49'-2"
LWL 37'-3"
Beam 13'-10"
Draft 7'-10"
Displacement 27,650 lbs
Ballast 16,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,014 sq ft