Friday, February 2, 2018

Detour to History.

Newport News.
-From Florida to Newport R. I
I drove 1800 Miles. This is USA for you! It takes a notion of distances to realize how big this Country is. Glad I came trough in a car rather than on a Cattle Wagon. The detour is about going to Norfolk to Newport News. Clearly, I am attracted to the word Newport; from Nieuwport in Belgium to Newport Beach California, to Newport Vermont, Newport Beach CA. etc. The list is long for a remembering sailor.
My interest into the detour was partly dictated by my daughter; Daddy you have to go to see the Maritime Museum. She is the same, when as a very young child and driving along the harbor shore of Newport R. I to the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and while strapped into her chair in the back of the car, she would say in a loud voice;
" Daddy look, look Daddy. Boats. Look Daddy boats! " So dutifully, I inclined my direction to Newport News giving the opportunity.

Well, it ended to be a quick Tour. Running out of time, I had to go around rather fast to be on the road again. But very worthwhile for the one hour spent there. The exhibits are super class, the extent attributed to Maritime History, Technology and the Future are shown in very well balanced and distributed Rooms.
In particular, I retain for the sake of remembrance to show you a couple of things that struck to my attention. Maybe you know, maybe you do not, but I am always attracted to reduce time to build anything. Maybe spending to much of my own time to figure it out. Anyway the caption "100 days to Build a warship". was intriguing. Only to be followed by the building of a Liberty Ship; the Lego boat. I read somewhere that the record for building one of those was 17 days. Man, we cannot do anything anymore in seventeen days!

Now fast forward. I was surprised because not aware that the Catamaran Oracle, winner of the America's Cup is part of a very large display. Of course the sheer size of the boat takes some space to accommodate. Being interested in foiling, looking straight at the appendages brought to me a few conclusions: they are there to stay, and stay indeed in our future on and in the water.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Blue Water Ship.

-I have very much neglected this Blog over the past few months.  Many things to deal with; all good though in case you are wondering. So, before I attack another subject or even complete a few of the previous threads that have left in suspend, I am jumping in with a filler prompted by the web site.  https://www.sailing
You have to go to the site on the Cruising Forum and scroll down to the following title:
"Aluminium centerboard 46-52 blue water cruising go anywhere".

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sailing and Foiling.

You are Sailing, I am Foiling. 
-Is it in the future for a cruising monohull? I am going to propose a certain approach. Already past text in this Blog have addressed the notion of foiling see: IMOCA 60 shape and the America's Cup 2013; Imoca. Moustache ou pas? Gitana. Le principe des nouvelle derives de l'Imoca. Also a few ideas about how to design and control the appendages; "Dutch Boy". You can find the above articles by scrolling down the Blog Site by Title.

-Have patience; it takes a little while to figured it all out.

-Understanding the principles of aero-hydro dynamics is illustrated on this Imoca 60 Class. Not exactly foiling but on its way, with all the components to achieve lifting a body out of the water.

Proposal and actually built the Figaro 3 from Beneteau, the French builder.
Again, not to fly but to offer some lift and some resistance to leeway without the swing keel component. I understand that the lifting effect of the appendage produces a reduction of 900kg. in displacement. Not a small number.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Doug Peterson RIP.

As the America's Cup today went back to New-Zealand, the Yacht Designer Doug Peterson passed away. I remember when in 1995, after the victory of the N-Z boat in San-Diego, a design team he was involved with; he told me: "Was it a licking or was it a licking". Straight forward alright, and straight forward dedication to his goal of designing some of the most "bestest" I.O.R boats of the time. (to be continued).

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Metre and J Class.


          What could have been before Intrepid, the Twelve Metre Class boat and now with the elegance of arguably the most Majestic class of Sailboats, the J's.
With such an introduction I might have to explain something.

Friday, May 19, 2017

What do you think?

When you don't know?
Difficult choices and many questions about what is the ideal Great Loop Cruiser. I think I had the answer when I won the International Design Competition sponsored by the magazine Passagemaker and the Westlawn School for Yacht Design.
If, specifically not drawn for the G.L.C, nevertheless this "Trawler" seems to me like a great candidate for a voyage taking you from salty seas, to brackish deltas, to fresh water. The name is more associated to fishing the high seas rather than anything else, so maybe she can become the "Traweller".

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Guess what?

Ron was in town last week. That is Ron Holland, one of the most talented Yacht Designer in the world. We go back something like 45 years. First, I met him at the Tower, the Carter Offshore office; submarine observation look out for U. Boats during WW11. At the time Dick Carter was at the top of the rarified world of yacht design and we always had a string of visitors and clients. Subsequently, I saw him in Sardinia during the 1973 One Ton World Championship. Where Ydra, a Carter boat won. Let to be said that another upcoming young yacht designer; Doug Peterson stole the show by coming in second, but would have won the event except for a mistake in navigation.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The List.

Have plenty of paper in your tray.

My old Website bit the dust when the server company got to be sold. The migration of the content to the new site was very unsatisfactory, prompting to develop a new one. This takes time and will not be  in full running mode for a while. But do not despair, it will be done. So, in a measure of continuity and to lessen the disruption, I am opening this Blog with a List covering most of the Design work that has been done over so many years.

New Website@:
Work in progress as they say.

Yes, the List is a little hard to figure out because of the chronological order of the Plans without differentiation if you are looking for something specific. Like for example: Power boats; or Sailboats between 40 and 50 feet etc. This will come when due. Meantime, here it is and where we are.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Les Voiles de St. Barth.

Proteus ahead of Bella Mente... view from our villa.

Pictures by Dominique Tanton.
Logistics and Onshore Chef for the Proteus Team.

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Perusing through the site, there are a few Tanton's boats for sale or with pending sales.
I thought that I would show them to you. With the exception of a T45 and the Pen-Gwyn below, the mentioned used boats shown on under the Search keyword name : Tanton, are not in my Central Listing, therefore if interested you ought to contact the Listing Broker for the individual boat. If the boats are not my Central, I charge a fee of $500.00 to assist Brokers, Buyers to have information related to the boat or any other boats in the World, if you wish. Including available original drawings if available.

                                                                   Tanton 45 Ft Lauderdale FL.
She does not look it, but she is a project boat. With the main issue of a very wet deck. Now, others more minor problems are also apparent. So, she is available for a hard working and knowledgeable worker with time and money to buy her "as is, where is". The boat is docked at the owner's house and can remain there for a while and for free. Sounds good? Drop me a note, and I can send you the whole pictures and specification.  I have to emphasize; the vessel needs work.

Here is the P-G 38' Ketch.
Steel construction with twin keels.
     Located in Charleston, SC.                

A little side story: The Brokerage was established in 1975, one year after the Yacht Design Business.
It started strong with my two favorite Brokers. Over a short period they sold many boats.
Unfortunately the "cheptel" of boats to sell where slim at the time. Remember, it was long ago, and I encouraged them to look to stronger, busier Yacht Brokerage Businesses. One went to Sparkman and Stephens, the other to Bartram and Brakenhoff. To let them go for what I thought was the best for them and is one of the worth business decision I made in my life. Oh well!
So, on my own I have been operating this side line ever since. Mostly about my own designed boats, and occasionally other types.