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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. Past blogs addressed 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 by scrolling down the Blog Site.(to be continued).

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@:
tantonyachtdesign.com
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

Brokerage.



Perusing through the site Yachtworld.com, 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 http://www.yachtworld.com 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.
                                                             Under Sale Agreement. 07/12/2017





















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.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

St. Barth. Bucket 2017.

Photos by Dominique Tanton.
Logistic and Onshore Chef for the J Class boat Topaz. To feed and lodge 32-36 people.

It is hard to associate empty shelves at Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy with the Bucket series of races for some of the largest, most expensive sailing yachts in the world. But no worries, the above caption was due to bad weather preventing the dairy boat to come in with supplies; the rest is all caviar and Burger in Paradise.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pilothouse.








Sleek sailing boats from the Med, flush deck, flat everywhere, huge expense of space for nothing. If you are looking for a real offshore monohull sailing yacht, the absence of protection for the crew is apparent and with most production sailing vessels that I know of. Of course sailing is mostly dedicated to Summer vacation time and the need to be warm is lessened. Until it gets to be raining, cold, windy and lumpy; so much for the romantic aspect of sailing; when it comes to that.
But the trend is on. Further, when you see VOR boats going around the world, mostly on the wrong places for fair weather and without any dodger or even breakwater you will have to start to think when insanity is taking over. Except for a few moments of public relation close to shore where looks counts, the rest is brutal. Even IMOCA's boats have figured it out. That by being under a hood with a coffee grinder and tiller steering will save the day anytime.
So, in my small world I just happen to have a client to develop a pilothouse vessel. Within the limitation of 38' on deck, the boat is for aluminum construction and to offer for a couple a nice retreat in older age when things have to have more reasons that at any other times.