The build of Pleione is a story of how the Spirit-of-Tradition genre feeds into narratives of modern racing embodied by sailboats built to a meter rule. In this case, the all-world International Rule, started all the way back the dawn of the 20th Century. These so-called 8-Meter boats have stayed at the cutting edge of the design world ever since, innovating by keeping what’s new logic mixed with old guidelines. Designer Jim Taylor was careful to incorporate the Spirit-of-Tradition themes in Pleione from the 1930’s iterations of the International Rule: She’s long and narrow and flashes gaudy overhangs at stem and stern. But Taylor was also careful to work in a seriously powerful modern keel and rudder. The owner and builder, Bruce Dyson, spent four and a half years building her. She features a fabulously well-built cold molded hull, assembled to Lloyd’s very strict and durable scantling rules. We are far from the only sailors who find Pleione to be a fast, fun, and elegant work of floating Spirit-of-Tradition art.
LOA 47.8 ft Sail Area (Upwind) 1,217 ft^2
LWL 30.6 ft Sail Area (Downwind) 1,330 ft^2
Max Beam 8.6 ft ‘IM’ 41.8 ft
Draft 6.6 ft ‘J’ 16.6 ft
Disp (Meas Trim) 18,400 lbs ‘P’ 52.5 ft
Ballast 11,355 lbs ‘E’ 20.2 ft