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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Starting today and for the next 3 months +; the Vendee Globe Race.

My favorite race in the whole wide world. The most challenging event for a solo person to accomplish in a life time; the Vendee Globe Ocean Race.



Macif the last Vendee Globe winner. I reconstituted the lines to offer views of what the 2012 winner looks like. You can follow her track under her new name SMA.

For the 2016-2017 race, here is the Hugo Boss with Alex Thompson.



And we have a winner.





Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time of the year.

Exodus will start soon. The first of November is the date when the yacht migration to the South is beginning. The date is the cut off when the Hurricane season is officially over and when expensive insurance will actually insure you.
The video of Adix leaving Newport in advance, has a stop over in Charleston, South Carolina. This is considered coastal navigation and not offshore when the B.V.I, Antigua, St. Marteen are the destination for many of the yachts via or not Bermuda.


The second video is about the J8 Topaz, leaving Newport for Antigua. The day before her departure, I had the pleasure to be aboard for a sea trial. First time on a J since Shamrock 5 so many years ago.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Walking the Docks.


                                          After breakfast at Belle's, Sunday morning walk at the Newport Shipyard.


Saphaedra by K.Aage Nielsen Design and Bounty a replica of an L.Francis Herreshoff creation.





1926-2016

 
 Details.                                                                                                        A carbon fiber ladder.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Porto Cervo 2016.

Photo by Dominique Tanton.
Shore crew and logistics.

Hosting the Maxi Yachts Rolex Cup.
Bella Mente in a repeat' retained her Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship.
Proteus came in second, with a late sprint to beat MoMo.


From the Costa Smeralda report. Also winners are;
Open Season (Wally), WinWin.
Leopard 3 (Maxi racing).
My Song (Maxi Racing Cruising).
Atalanta 11 ( MiniMaxi racing).




Thursday, August 18, 2016

Boat of the Month. August 2016.



With only one prior Boat of the Month (March 2016) which featured a rendition of William Garden's own personal yacht, the mighty Oceanus; I came up with Gardenia, the inspiration and my interpretation of the concept for a long, lean sailing machine; a very personal thing for me.
But now we are moving on to the following project.
A light displacement sailboat, and for the source like for the Garden, based on a long past of studying yacht design. In this edition, the van de Stadt legacy. 'Black Soo".










Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lunacy (ex Star Cruiser) is for sale.

Just happened that the weekend of my Birthday July 17th, I was visiting Handy Boat, in nearby Falmouth Foreside. We took a ride on Merle's Duffy 54 and I stumbled upon Lunacy on her mooring in Portland.


To connect directly to Charles Doane the owner, please follow the link: www.wavetrain.net/the-lunacy-report
All information about the boat is on the site.
Below is a compilation of photos taken from the same site.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

B&R Rigging System.

On Sailing Anarchy, the topic about B&R rig surfaced. The following is what I wrote about it many moons ago.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bermuda Race 2016

                                                     

This Race is all about Comanche. But in the diversified fleet many more interesting boats.

 America

 Black Watch below.


Spirit of Bermuda.





Sunday, June 5, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016

Swing Keel.

A while ago, I wrote on this Tanton's Blog about keels called Keel, keel and keels. (3/10/15. A modest overview over the appendage fitted to sailboats to achieve stability, direction and to fight going sideways.





I will leave the centreboard for cruising boats aside for a while. Very popular in France, built by a few shipyards and in aluminum, the model is known as "deriveur integral". True centreboarder often ballasted, the raised board is totally integrated within the shape of the hull.

The Swing keel is always outside the body, in a retracted or extended position, whether up or down and with only its articulation inside the hull. The keel shape results in a high aspect ratio foil.











Monday, May 2, 2016

Built it, and they will come!

As a destination Newport and the Shipyard are hard to beat. Yachting Hub, the yard facility attracts the most beautiful and famous boats in the world. And they are starting to arrive, most of them from the Caribbean after a busy season.










The land when 100' sailboats look small. 

                                                                                                                






Talking about a busy season. Events like The Newport Yacht Charter Show, Newport Bermuda Race, Candy Store Cup, Newport Brokerage Boat Show based at the Shipyard, without forgetting all others activities brought by the New York Yacht Club, Ida Lewis and so many others venues.



One week later.
And they are coming. They are here!.


Sky is the limit.




Invasion of the right kind.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Les Voiles de St Barth. The latest.

Another job well done.
After Key West; the RORC 600; win overall IRC zero class. The St Barth Bucket with Axia.
And winner of Les Voiles de St. Barth.
Dominique: Chef/Shore support and logistics.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

And for something entirely different.


I entered a Design Competition with the Theme: a Houseboat. Sponsored by Offcenterharbor, a media attention getter  with videos and tit bits about boat stuff. I did not win and that is ok. Being published  was important and good. A few of the entrants had been built, most of the competitors presented personal visions. I had a live customer for this project and that is a very different thing. I guess I could resume by copying what someone wrote to me. " Your entry is the most complete set of plans in the whole bunch, and the easiest to build". Gratifying my goal.

Friday, April 1, 2016

IMOCA. Moustache ou pas? Clip hélico - Mono 60 Edmond de Rothschild dans la brise (30 noeuds) - VI


IMOCA. Moustache ou pas?
That is the question? At least for the way it's presented, or with something else?



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Enquiring Mind wants to know.

This is all about Origami/ Imagiro boats via Rhino.
I look at at it like a brain exercise.
What is the most simplistic form to describe the processus?
You create a chine fore and aft of the midship section to conically develop the bow and the stern. There is no need for conventional Lines Plan and lofting. Simply follow the pattern to develop the shell. But in case you want to see what it looks like when waterlines, buttocks and section are projected to the shell have a look at the 2d. plan below.






Sequence 1. Cut the steel on the flat according to the pattern. Weld on longitudinals and the pipe cap rail. Not shown for convenience is torturing the plate by joining the split together using come alongs. Repeat on the duplicated starboard side.

Note: This is a rendering essay. For photos and images, please e-mail : tantonyachts@aol.com
This Model is a Stock Plan.

Pictures are worth thousands of words.
Follow the images of putting together this 39' sailboat using a folding pattern method for building in metal.
The whole object is to get a shell together fast, using minimum of welding and components to complete a very strong boat.


Completion of deck, interior, fitting out; will take just about the same amount of time than any other
boats.