Thursday, May 24, 2012

Design 90 - 76'-6" Shoal Draft Schooner

Only two drawings were prepared for this preliminary design proposal; a Lines Plan and a Sail & Deck Plan.  I believe the Lines Plan that is shown here is the only one of the two that has survived.  That's a shame as it would have been interesting to see her rig.

I always try to do an Internet search for the old customers to see if it might have been someone famous.  The plan list gives the name William McCoy.  I was more than amused to find that William McCoy was a rum-runner during prohibition and that he ran five different schooners between Bimini and Long Island.  Could it be that the firm designed one of them?  Probably not since prohibition ended in 1933 in the United States and this design was produced in 1935. Perhaps he just wanted to spend some of his profits on a fancy new boat.  Click here to read about him.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 76'-6"
LWL 66'-6"
Beam 19'-8"
Draft 5'-0"

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Design 2412 - 120' LOA Pilothouse Ketch

This set of preliminary drawings for a fairly typical motorsailer was done on speculation in 1981.  I like the simplicity of the profile.  The boat was designed to be built of steel.

Here is the general arrangement plan.  There are a few interesting features such as the navigation room in the wheelhouse.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 120'-0"
LWL 85'-0"
Beam 25'-7"
Draft 10'-0"

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

More on Design 1557 - Spirit Class

As a follow up to my posting of earlier today regarding design 1557-C3, here is Orpheus, hull number five of the series.  She was built of wood by American Marine of Hong Kong.  Her cabin trunk is specific to this hull. I think the house is very nicely proportioned.  There is 6'-1" headroom under the deckhouse. Image courtesy of Jeff Sanders and Wooden Boat magazine.

Design 1557-C3 - Spirit

We have discussed the Spirit Class before and as shown in the above image.  The boat was designed as a flush-deck one-design class for San Fransisco Bay in the mid-1960s.  Although the class never took off the original Spirit was hugely successful and various sisters were built.  It has been difficult to track what boats were built.  Here is a list of owners and boats for this design in it's various forms.

In 2000, Wooden Boat magazine published a ten page article about the boats (Wooden Boat #156).  Even here they reference the ever-allusive hull #6 as follows: A sixth boat is rumored to have been built of fiberglass in New Zealand.

I was finally able to track down this boat, also named Spirit (just to further confuse matters) and shown just above.  The boat was in fact built of fiberglass by the highly respected boatbuilder John Lidgard of Aukland in 1965.  She was built with a small, attractive deckhouse, the draft was increased to 6'-10", a separate skeg and rudder were designed and her sail area reduced slightly.  Please note that the model with the small deckhouse was dubbed the Mariner Class.

Here are a couple of shots that give a peek at her underbody and a good look at her cockpit.

Here are the Plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 33'-5"
LWL 28'-6"
Beam 8'-5"
Draft 6'-10"
Displacement 12,320 lbs
Sail Area 535 sq ft

Monday, May 21, 2012

Design 1710-C23 - Sylvia II

In the past couple of weeks we have posted articles about two boats in the series of boats built to design #1710; Rumbuster and Seamróige.  While Rumbuster is a one-off, Seamróige is one of the Swan 36s.

Here we have Sylvia II.  She too is a one-off built of wood by Ateliers & Chantiers Ziegler-Frères of Dunkerque France and launched in 1965.  She is design #1710-C23.  It's a great sequence of her being loaded on a trailer.