Saturday, March 31, 2012

Design 1188 - Fidelio & Her 12 Sisters

13 boats were built to this design. The first was Fidelio, built by Matthiessen & Paulsen of Arnis Schlei, Germany and launched in 1956. 12 sisters would follow built at various yards around the world. If you look at the title blocks closely on the plans you can see that the same plans were used for design #1198, Aventura. Looking over the plan list though I can see this boat is a nearly identical copy of design #1054, Finisterre.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 38'-8"
LWL 27'-6"
Beam 11'-3"
Draft 3'-11" (board up) 7'-4" (board down)
Displacement 18,640 lbs
Ballast 5,860 lbs (outside) 300 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 713 sq ft

Friday, March 30, 2012

2012 Blue Jay National Championship

We received the following notice from the Blue Jay Class Association. Please double click for zoom.

Sponsored by the Centerport Yacht Club of Centerport, Long Island, New York.

Click here for complete information, Notice of Race, etc.

Stormy Weather Image

Here's a nice image of Stormy Weather, design #27, that the son of her original owner was kind enough to forward to us. Thanks for sending it.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Design 163 - Circumstance

Here's a design that has flown completely under the radar. Circumstance is one of the very few designs generated in our Boston office under the direction of K. Aage Nielsen. The boat was constructed as follows: Philippine mahogany planking on white oak frames, teak decks and bronze fastened.

Depending on what I reference there is a slight discrepancy regarding her builder. The article below states she was built by the Manset Boat Yard of Manset, Maine yet another document says she was built by Henry R. Hinckley of Manset. Perhaps the Manset Boat Yard was the precursor to the Hinckley Company. The year of her launch was 1938.

This article is the best I can do regarding the plans as the plans are in storage.

Here's a look at her shape.

And finally here's a copy of her beautiful Lines.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 44'-5"
LWL 32'-0"
Beam 11'-0"
Draft 6'-8"
Displacement 26,200 lbs
Sail Area 888 sq ft

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Iskareen - Design 275

The 8-meter Iskareen is one of four 8-meters designed by the firm. She was built by the A/B Neglinge-Varvet yard of Sweden and launched in 1938.

The boat was designed based on the results of extensive tank testing using the 8-meter models for Conewego and Prelude for comparison. Here's an interesting comparison between the body plans of the various new tank test models. The curves at lower left are differences to the rudder profile as well.

In the diagram:
#1 - Original model.
#2 - Tumble-home increased.
#3 - Lower edge of rudder cut away. Keel fined at bottom at stations 8 and 9.
#4 - Lower edge of rudder brought back, upper rudder profile filled out. Profile lowered at stations 1, 2, 3, and 4. Sections filled out at stations 1, 2, 3. 4 and 5.

These 4 models were tested and in turn tested against the Conewego and Prelude models. Model #4 of the new series proved to be the fastest.

I can't possibly post an article about Iskareen without the passage from Rod Stephens' (unfinished) book, Rod on Sailing, Lessons from the Sea. From the preface:

Iskareen was built by the Negling shipyard of Varvet, Sweden. It was probably the best 8-meter of the pre-World War II period. I first saw the boat when she'd been delivered from Sweden to England and had been racing in the Solent. We were sailing on Vim, and we were further to the eastward and were knocking around the Solent. We got the papers every day and I was always disappointed to see that she was generally down at the tail end of the fleet that she was racing against. We had hoped for a good boat because she was developed from a wonderfully successful 6-meter named Goose, which we felt was the best 6-meter of the pre war period. So we'd hoped well for Iskareen but were very disappointed.

Finally I took a day off from Vim and went down to the Solent to have a look at the Iskareen. I got there and she was in a harbor off of the Solent, where she had been moored since arriving from Sweden. The first thing I got was a big skiff so I could go out and see her and maybe take some things off. I had a feeling that she probably had a lot of junk on her adding weight and not in the right place. Anyway that's what I thought might be possible. When I got out to her I found that my guess was correct. She was filled with many unnecessary things; too many sails, too many tools, too many odds and ends and were not part of a racing 8-meter yacht. I pretty near swamped the skiff taking stuff off that was not required. I wanted to get anything off that was not necessary and then see how she was floating.

There were certain flotation marks and the boat must float right to those marks in racing trim, no heavier and no lighter. When I got through taking off probably 1,200 pounds of junk she was floating quite light so I got them to send out another big skiff with some lead pigs, each carefully marked with it's weight, to make up for the weight that I had taken out but would be better located in a place down low where it would help her stability rather than being spread around quite high in the boat. When I finished with that I got her right on her marks with about 1,200 pounds of very deep/ballast which would certainly make her sail better.

About midday the skipper came down and we prepared to race in the Solent with a class of about six or seven 8-meters so we got her towed out to the starting area and we made sail and the sails looked reasonable and the rigging was set up about right and she was sailing around and finally we reached an exciting moment as we were getting very near the start and as we approached the line in a pretty good position I was suddenly shocked to see the genoa come fluttering down. At the other end of the halyard was a pleasant local fisherman and I said, "What the hell have you done?" and he said "We shan't want that sail sir, as the course is 200-degrees and we should hoist the tacking foresail." I said "To hell with the tacking foresail now get that genoa back up, it's just the right sail, it's a heavy genoa and just right for this breeze."

We made careful checks of the sheet leads and everything and got it back up. It interfered with our start a little so we didn't get away first but we hadn't any more than crossed the line when we started to pass our competitors and we were very pleased to see that. The fisherman said, "Well, we shan't be able to do this we have to tack." I said, "Of course we can tack with the genoa." He was a fisherman and he thought you needed a small jib for tacking. We went on and we finally did make a tack it was immediately apparent that we had the right sail because we pulled right away from several boats that were near us and in due course we worked out quite a good lead. As we came to the finish line we were almost a leg of the course ahead of the next boat.

When we crossed the line I was absolutely shocked that they didn't fire any gun. We came close to the committee boat and asked what the matter was? The committee boat answered, "We thought you dropped out." I responded, "Hell no, we rounded every mark of the course." You see every day she'd been coming in last and here she was coming in a leg of the course ahead of the second boat and they assumed we had just dropped out.

We sailed back up to our mooring and I said to the crew "Now remember, none of this damn tacking foresail but use the genoa jib and that'll get you to win races." Well the upshot of that instruction was carried almost too precisely. After we got Vim down to the Solent about a week later for the first race of Cowes Week, it was a pretty breezy day and we were interested in watching the 8-meters and here they came and Iskareen had the big genoa up, the one we had used so effectively the day I sailed with them. It was really too much wind for that sail but she made it all right and they won that day anyhow. Later I told them "Look, you should use that sail whenever you can but if it's blowing too hard you don't have to use that, you then should use your tacking foresail or whatever you call your smaller sail." So that was a very interesting race and on that basis I would say she was about the best 8-meter of the immediate pre war period.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 48'-10"
LWL 30'-10"
Beam 8'-1"
Draft 6'-7"
Displacement 19,531 lbs
Ballast 13,100 lbs (outside) 661 (inside)
Sail Area 816 sq ft

Sailing Shots - SHE 31

Here are some decent sailing shots a former owner found in an old brochure and sent to us. The SHE 31 is design #1899. Thanks for sending these.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More About Bonne Amie - Design 1068

One thing about social media is that if you post something that is wrong, people will straighten you out pretty quickly. A few days ago I posted an article about the Nevins Yawl Bonne Amie which is undergoing restoration. We received the following from her owner:

"Bonne Amie is actually being restored in Seattle, WA by Jensen Motor Boat Co. (Est. 1923), I noticed you had mentioned Port Townsend. She was the first in the series and launched in 1955 despite having hull #2 (Golliwog was launched in 1956 but Colin Ratsey got the distinction of owning #1 according to Olin). The masts are replicas of the originals made by Nevins down to the hand made hardware. All her original deck hardware has been located and restored to original including her chrome primary bases and all the interior hardware (see attached images of the cabin lights). Restoration has actually taken 6 years, I am enclosing another couple pictures if you'd like to add them to the post."

I did look up that issue about what hull number she is. Here's an early article which bears this out. It's interesting to note that the magazine misspelled her name.

Our index card file also shows Bonne Amie launched in 1955 and Golliwogg in 1956.

Here are some images of her spar under construction and the fitting and hardware he mentions.

Thanks for sending these and we look forward to further updates.

Master List - S&S 12-Meter Designs

Here is a master list of S&S 12-Meters sorted by name, design number and year. Please double click for zoom.

Please note:
+ Design #41.2 were modifications to a Anker & Jensen design
+ Design #82.2 were modifications to a Charles Nicholson design
+ Design #293 were modifications to a Clinton Crane design

Master List - S&S 8-Meter Designs

Here is a master list of S&S 8-Meters sorted by name, design number and year.

Master List - S&S 6-Meter Designs

Here is a master list of S&S 6-Meters sorted by name, design number and year.

Please note:
+ Design #40 was a collaboration between S&S and Herman Whiton
+ Design #44.2 were modifications to a Clinton Crane design (new rig)
+ Design #46.2 were modifications to a Clinton Crane design (new rig)

Master List - S&S 5.5-Meter Designs

Here is a master list of S&S 5.5-Meters sorted by name, design number and year.

Design 5 - Thalia

The firm has designed 37 six-meter racing sloops over the years. Thalia (US42) was the first. She was constructed by Henry B. Nevins of City Island, New York and launched in 1929, the year of the firm's incorporation. She is constructed of elm frames, mahogany floors, mahogany keelson and she is single planked of mahogany. Her clamp and shelf are of spruce as are the deck beams. Her deck is laid with cedar planking. Breast hook, lodging knees and transom knees are of oak. There are 3 hanging knees per side in way of the mast partners, which are of steel.

She has had a long list of names as follows: Thalia, Dolly Bowen, Valkyrie, Masanabo, Shady Lady, Kid and is now called Black Rose. She makes her home on Lake Chaplain.

Here are the plans. The Construction Plan is a rare piece of drafting my Olin himself.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 36'-8"
LWL 22'-9"
Beam 6'-3"
Draft 5'-3"
Sail Area 480 sq ft

Monday, March 26, 2012

Swan 48 - Available for Newport-Bermuda Race 2012

The Swan 48, Patriot, is available for charter if anyone is looking for a quality boat for the upcoming Newport to Bermuda Race. She is hull number 2 of the Swan 48 series. The application for entry for the race expires on April 15.

The boat will also be available this summer in and around Newport, Rhode Island.

For more information, please email us at

Swan 431 - Design 2238-C1

This model by Nautor's Swan actually started life as a flush deck only racing yacht, design #2238. Here we have the cruiser/racer version with the typical wedge deck. 32 hulls were delivered during a production run that started in 1976 and ended in 1978.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 43'-6"
LWL 33'-4"
Beam 13'-5"
Draft 7'-4"
Displacement 27,500 lbs
Ballast 11,900 lbs
Sail Area 896 sq ft

Sparkman & Stephens Rendezvous - Elliot Bay Marina

We have been asked to publicize the following event. From the organizers:

A Sparkman & Stephens Rendezvous will be held at Elliott Bay Marina (Seattle, WA), the weekend of June 9, 2012. If you have a boat designed by Sparkman & Stephens either power or sail, you are encouraged to attend this event. Elliott Bay Marina is providing free weekend moorings for all boats participating in this Rendezvous, and there will be an opportunity to see other S&S boats and talk with other owners. There will be catered hors d’oeuvres served during the afternoon no-host cocktail party for Rendezvous participants.

The Rendezvous is being held in conjunction with the Leukemia Cup. The Leukemia Cup is a fun filled sailboat race to raise money for and awareness of leukemia and lymphoma. Over $39 million dollars has been raised nationally since the Leukemia Cup was started. The Leukemia Cup will have a sailboat race on Saturday afternoon followed by an evening dinner and auction. Skippers register their boats and recruit their friends and colleagues to help crew and raise funds. The $150 registration fee includes two tickets to the after-party that evening, an event t-shirt and a skipper swag bag. You are encouraged to participate in the Leukemia Cup but it is not mandatory.

Please contact to answer any questions you might have, or to let them know that you will be attending. Information is available at Leukemia Cup information is available at Registration for the Leukemia Cup will be available at a discount at the Seattle Boat Show in January, 2012 and through the Leukemia Cup website.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Burger 90' - Motorsailer Series

Here is the smallest of the three models we have developed for Burger Boat Company. It's very interesting to compare her to the Burger built 90' motorsailer Sea Star, built in 1959.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 90'-6"
LWL 69'-2"
Beam 20'-6"
Draft 12'-0"
Displacement 183,680 lbs
Ballast 47,040 lbs
Sail Area 3,800 sq ft

Nevins Yawl - Bonne Amie

Here are a couple of images of Bonne Amie undergoing restoration in Port Townsend, Washington. She is hull #2 of the series of the Nevins Yawls, design #1068. This restoration has been a 3 year process. She's getting close. Thanks for sending these images and we look forward to seeing her sailing again.

Here she is in her heyday.