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.