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.