Thursday, April 8, 2010

Nesting Dinghy.

Update November 2017.


Molds are made, and a couple of prototypes are out. A little more work needed into some details, but otherwise looking good.

                                                       Building a 3 part Nesting Dinghy.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tanton Design No. 936.

A recent circumnavigation of the Globe in a sistership of TYD#936, single-handed by a citizen of Turkey, proved the merit of going small; going now, as they say. Kayitsis, her name, was also built in Turkey.
The sailing video seen below the Text, gives a good impression of the boat.

NOTE: Text below, originally written in 1993.
By Yves-Marie de Tanton:

                                                                                    Merle of Malham.

It has taken me almost 28 years to answer this question from a client: what about a small -pocketbook -vessel: seaworthy, trailerable, classic, and under 26'? As a matter of fact, what I had in mind was the first boat I ever designed professionally. At the time, employed by the very venerable firm of Illingworth and Primrose of Great Britain, John threw at me the job of designing a Quarter-Tonner for his own use. Bear in mind that I was just a kid, and the John in question was the formidable John Illingworth, master of "Myth of Malham," designer of "Outlaw" and a string of very successful racing boats in the era of R.O.R.C. rules. John was the apostle of tall rig, cold molded construction, and the author of "Further Offshore".
Well, I did not know much, but with the temerity of youth, the inconscience of ignorance and the luck of innocence, I delivered a boat called "Merle of Malham". I have never been afraid of designing anything since. This became the last of the Malham's. Of course I had the watchful eye of John Sharp, chief designer, looking over my shoulder pretty much the entire time, and I was nervously aware of his head shaking more than once over my labor. The result was quite all right. I believe eight boats have been built in the classic manner using wood carvel planking. As John later said of this boat, -Transom sterned, with a displacement of 3 tons, she was a very fine little yacht in which one would be quite prepared to set off across the Atlantic without and special preparation. (This is one question I ask myself when I do the sketch designs of a new small yacht). I saw one recently in St. Barths, French West Indies. It had four really good berths, and a very good chart table. In the capable hands of her crew she won a number of races in the season of 1967.
I sent the plans of this design to a client for a look. His reply: -Too modern! -1967? Ok. Let's design instead something he would be more comfortable with a cold-molded or stripped-plank version of a heavy Lyle Hess design rendered popular by the midget crew of Seraffyn. I say this because both John and my customer are large men and the design had to be clever to accommodate their demands of space and comfort.

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Schooner Europe.

The family boat from 1967- 1971. A great boat with an adventurous past. More about it can be seen at:
My brother Dominique, age 19 bought the boat in rough shape. As can be seen on the video, she has had many re-built since. When was the last time that two people could easily handle a 72' sailboat with minimum gear and equipment?
Loved that boat!
A new rig, A Ketch / Goelette/? I rather like it.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

From paper-Newport this week.

Newport based schooner sails to Haiti, houses relief physicians.

The 160' private charter boat, based in St. Thomas in the winter, was chartered by a Seattle Foundation building Hospitals around Port of Prince.

The Arabella, can sleep up to 30 guests in her 20 cabins. Serving as a floating hotel for 20 physicians for the nine days mission.

Arabella, originally Centurion; designed by McLear and Harris, burnt and capsized in 1996 in Florida. A total loss, the 90' yacht was acquired by Don Glassie and Atlantic Stars and Hotels. Over a period of a few years, the boat was cut in half and a middle piece was inserted, to enlarge the vessel to her present size.

Tanton Yacht Design had a part in the resurrection. ref: TYD#966.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Starting the Year 2010.

The annoncement of Tanton winning the Westlawn Institute and PassaMaker Magazine design competition is a good start. I was personally gratified, because of the reputation associated with the School and the Magazine itself. I was glad to receive the award in Ft. Lauderdale. The occasion was made in conjunction with the TrawlerFest in January.