Living the Dream: The Superyacht Cup, Palma, 2019

We know you think that the life of a yacht designer is nothing but head-down, nose-to-the-grindstone, bound to the computer screen while we deal with prismatic coefficients and righting arms. All true—but every now and then we get an opportunity that we just can’t pass up. This spring a long-time client who commissioned one of our favorite boats said, “Bob, wouldn’t it be great to get the guys back together for a ten-year reunion of Bequia’s build? And why don’t we do it at the Superyacht Cup, in Palma?” Well, okay, twist my arm.  To understand the excitement of participating […]

Pleione

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 […]

Race Horse

Race Horse was built as part of the W-Class effort to establish level high performance racing for the Spirit of Tradition narrative. She may have been finished in 2010, as she’s part of the modern W-37 Sport Classique class. But the influences come squarely out of turn-of-the-century work boats. The sheer and layout is a direct lift from sandbaggers and sloop racers of that era. And Race Horse extends the SoT narrative into a plumb transom and stem, carbon rig, rudder and sophisticated joinery. A nice touch is the comfortable, upholstered cockpit couches that can be removed and stowed ashore […]

Ginger

Ginger is a 50-foot daysailer smack in the middle the Spirit-of-Tradition narrative. She’s a mix of a long, low sheer right out of classic dayboats from the 1930’s, with efficient modern appendages, carbon spars and hardware. The key here is the sexily modern ergonomic cockpit and contemporary sail inventory. Our favorite touch? The super-clean deck, brought about by running most lines belowdeck through carefully-routed conduits. Materials: Cold-molded wood, four layers: inner layer 3/8″ Port Orford cedar strip planking over laminated fir frames; two layers diagonal 1/8″ western red cedar, outer layer 3/16″ Port Orford cedar, running fore-and-aft. Sheathing of 10 oz […]

Bequia

Bequia is a 90-footer straight out of the modern SoT idiom: She features a relatively modest beam, a classic sheer and a frankly throwback deckhouse. The idea is to refer to turn-of-the-20th-century cruising legends, mixed with the European influences of Fife and Baglietto. Also interesting here is the sturdy split rigged yawl and the clean open decks. The design has proved effective on the race course with several superyacht regatta wins under her belt. She’s also logged more 35,000 miles under her keel, including a Transatlantic passage and voyages to Sweden and Panama. Built by: Brooklin Boat Yard, 2009 – watch […]

Radiance

Though she is very much tells a traditional story, Radiance is an interesting and modern boat. Essentially a replica of 1930’s L Francis Herreshoff design Ticonderoga, Radiance was rendered in a modern build by the talented folks at Legendary Yachts out in Washougal, WA. We included some if their construction work in the attached image gallery. Essentially built like the later generation clipper ships, Radiance’s cold-molded wood planking over steel frame solves a lot of engineering problems by using high-strength materials in highly-loaded areas. Finished in 1996, this classic is surprisingly fast and very seaworthy. She may be straight out […]