Monday, February 15, 2010

Tanton Cat-Ketch 43-45.

The Tanton 43 Rollon is for sale. This is not a boat project, serious enquiries only. Please contact Tanton Brokerage for information at

I want to start a discussion about cat-ketch, and free standing rigs in general. A few years ago, on the bulletin board @, the comments made on the subject were helpful to the ones owning the T 43-45's. Especially important now as the boats gain in age. I hope we can start where we left out. I want to thank Nick Charman for his efforts in that direction. I think that a good sailing photo should be part of the start-up and I am looking forward receiving them. I know that to receive pictures is like pulling teeth out, but we will see.

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.