Monday, November 25, 2019

Chine Boats. Letter of Mark.

-Finally. From scorn to actually winning price money; the saga of the angular boats.

- See also on this Blog: on Search.
 Boat of the Month: August 2016. " Black Soo".

- " You cannot be what you can not see". (salesforce-org. dream force).
- Eight years old, I am sailing a Cadet, the hard chine pram with spinnaker for two people. After a week, the very young owner as you can imagine, allowed me to go on my own. Never forgot the blessing moments, the freedom, the attention, and the cold and the elements.

- A little side story.
- Way back when Miami Boat Show 1980-81? I met a Frenchman who was trying to introduce a 43' French designed and well-built aluminum 43' sailboat. A nice raw product with the unpainted topsides.
- I simply told him, it was impossible to sell in the U.S. Myself having tried the same venue with half a dozen aluminum boats built in Canada. They sold alright on their own merits but nothing more. Sure enough, he never sold the boat, but for a pittance years later.

- Fast forward. The original title to this blab was to be: "Geometry in space". I think an appropriate title for simplified shapes but complicated to achieve a well-done result.

- The best thing I love about Yacht Design is to develop a hull shape. The definition of the whole boat, from top to bottom and sideways. I have had the opportunity to design hundreds of powerboats, sailboats; where the whole apparatus starts with shape in space and therefore the title of what could have been.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

I.M.O.C.A 20-20 / Vendee Globe Race / M.Y.M.O.C.A.

- 1995 Project for the 1996-97 Vendee Globe Race. Designed with a single chine, with straight daggerboards and rotating keel, mast and wishbones.

- With just a year to go before the start of the Vendee Globe, and with the Transat Jacques Vabre underway, let's make the point as of now and for the future IMOCAs over the next 12 months. I have no access to files about the newly launched boats and therefore I will start with my own evolution with designs for this very special Class.
- Eventually, with the progress and comments going to be made, I might change my ideas to present a coherent and up to date approach to my own visions.

- Also, see on this Blog.
- A voir aussi. Use Search to the right.
. Detour to history.
. Sailing and foiling.
. Il n'y a qu'un pas, and foiling is here.
. Starting today and for the next 3 months, The Vendee Globe Race.
. Imoca: Moustache ou pas?
. Imoca 60 shape and America's Cup 2013.
. 545.3 miles in 24 hours. Vendee Globe 2012.

- Notes: Renderings of past winners' sail plans are by Chevalier- Taglang.

-Vendee- Globe 1996-1997. Winner: Christophe Auguin aboard Geodis. Architects Finot-Conq.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

I.O.R; R.O.R.C; C.C.A. A take from The Facebook Group.

                                    - Above drawing.
- My first One-Tonner design. At the time when the R.O.R.C (Royal Ocean Racing Club).Rules dictated the Ocean handicap system and Offshore racing in Europe.

- In 1968, during my Military Service, obligatory at the time, I was fortunate enough to be detached from the Bataillon de Joinville, and able to join A.F.C.A (Association Francaise pour la Coupe America). Balancing my time between sailing 12 Metre, working for A. Mauric and  Britton Chance; tank testing a string of 12M.

- From a design point of view and the highlight at the office, was for me to reproduce Intrepid, the S&S America's Cup winner from 2000 photos and the rating certificate.

- In my spare time, I designed several boats including this One Tonner, heavily influenced by a drafting method developed by A. Mauric, before computers of course. Also by the development Class of the 5.5 Metre. Compared to Tina, the boat is more conservative with her deadrise, balanced hull lines and other features.
- But, before all of this; came the One-Tonner Tina.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

American Shipyard. Newport, Rhode Island is changing hands.

- October 2019.
                               Safe Harbor Marina acquires 85th. Marina; the American Shipyard.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Lobster Yacht; de retour au bercail.

- What goes around, comes around.

- A good friend of mine purchased this "lobster yacht".
- A turn of an event, if I can say one!

- I had just completed the design TYD#300 for him, and about to be built.  When I found for sale, on Yachtworld the above Listing.

- Since I had been involved with the Design and Building I sent the link to the client. The next thing I know he ended up buying the boat! Shelving the plans. Well, I got paid either way, and this is a good product.

- Sold a few years ago, the boat has a history that you can follow in the article below that I wrote during her conception.

- Good to have her back, she is a good one and being registered again in Newport, Rhode Island.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

R.I.P Jeremy McGeary.

- "Mac", a good man recently passed away. Too young to be dead at 71 years of age.

- Mac, as he preferred to be referred to, was an encyclopedia of knowledge in all directions. From discussing Fifth Elements to boats and everything in between.

- As a yacht Designer, Mac worked for Pedrick Yacht Design, Rodger Martin Design before returning to his native place in England to become chief designer at Camper & Nicholsons.
Returning to the US, Mac worked part-time for a couple of years at Tanton Yacht Design. Always subdued, simple, honest and brilliant. Especially good at details, he helped me to complete all aspects of several notable yacht designs.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Bristol Channel Cutter Story. Old fashion, but good boats.

- Once in a while, classic boat plans are sold.

- What makes people buy older fashion sailboats in the first place?
Nostalgia comes to mind. The liking to old things; be antique furniture, houses, or cars. Boats are in a similar situation.

- Beauty? Considering the limitlessness of boat shapes, rig, and purpose somethings must tickle the senses.

- Such is the case for a series of sailboat designs that have given birth to the Modern Bristol Channel Cutters; MBCC.

- Small in sizes; up to 42', the range starts with a 26' model.

- In "Search" on this Blog, type: Tanton Design no.936, it is about the smallest one; but, she managed to go around the World.

- They have in common a certain look-alike to the famous pilot boats of a long-gone era, off the coast of England and of France. Boats designed and built to secure pilotage for the incoming merchant ships.

- But what is an M.B.C.C? To go back, we have to look at other designers who embraced the type and character of these vessels.

- Restraining myself to this side of the pound, I can name Atkin and especially Lyle Hess. because he touched a chord with a 28' close in concept to Bristol cutters and Itchen workboats with a little bit of a Smack in between. Now, I am not going into details of the latter models for definitions, but to the original BCC as Hess's and the builder came to name the breed.

- What mines look like in general.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Brokerage. Rachel. J. Slocum, 50' schooner. And more Tanton's boats for sale.

- Funny how things are. After publishing the see below Post about Sea anchor, Heaving-to and Drogue, it came to my attention that the actual boat is now for sale.

- Described as a unique vessel, she sure is. The reading of this schooner on, by D. W. Yachts, is what you need to know and I can help you fill the blanks as a co-Broker when you contact me personally. Full large scale plans will be made available to the Buyer.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Another Season is Starting; checking on SightSailing.

Once in Newport, you owe to yourself to be on the water.
Many companies offer Charters; from 12 M, the Schooners Madeleine, Adirondack and being a little biased, the Sight Sailing of Newport with Aquidneck.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Sea anchor, heaving-to and drogue aboard Rachel Slocum.

- Source:

- The 2018 Golden Globe Race. Started on July 1st in les Sable D'Olonne, France.
Forum: Ocean Racing Anarchy.
The 2018 Golden Globe Race. Pages 33-34 and others.

- I have no experience with Drogue, never had to use one.
If you read through the above caption on S.A, you get an idea of what it is.
- So, I thought to share the experience of one of my clients writing to me about his own sailing and tribulation with the drogue object in question; it is an interesting take.

- The following is from B.P.  Privacy is a concern, except that he is a very well known author. Including about his latest book about the Chappaquiddick incident. " Chappaquiddick Speaks".

- Back to the subject.
- South-Pacific, his integral letter follows.

- " I am sure this letter comes as a surprise, but I've got a lot of time on my hands and thought I'd drop you a line. I'm writing this at 37deg. S. Latitude, 140deg. W longitude about a week out of Pitcairn Island  (if the storm coming along in the next few hours doesn' do me in, and the umpteen ones rolling in behind it).  Two weeks or so far from the Chatams, which are a small group of islands about 450 miles southeast of New Zealand.
The weather has been mostly miserable, with the wind almost constantly out of the north. that seems to be a problem in the Southern Ocean.

- My own note: the letter will read like a novel.  So have the patience for me to copy. (to be continued). Meantime, the news that prompted this segment in the Blog.

Caption: Quote Day 158 Update on Susie Goodall rescue.
_"British woman Susie Goodall remains safe and secure aboard her yacht DHL. Starlight after being pitchpoled and dismasted in the Southern Ocean some 2000 miles West of Cape Horn yesterday...."

Friday, April 19, 2019


-Well! I  took a breather and have neglected the Blog for what seems to be quite a while. No specific reasons, just a time out and maybe for reflections on many subjects and not necessarily having anything to do with my professional life which is Yacht Design and for which tantonyachtdesign. blogspot .com is all about after all.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Carter Offshore Production Boats.

- Hello.
-I took a little time out writing the Blog. Not out of lost things to say, just laps when going into Winter. Now it is Springtime, and as they say, things are moving again.

- As the title suggests, I have received an inquiry about finding a Carter production boat for someone on a nostalgia quest to seriously race some unique racing boats from the 60s and '70s.
This is for a racing sailor, competitor, and winner in many classes and owning many boats with the same name. For privacy, I cannot divulge the identity, but if you have something to sell. I'll pass it on.

-The title picture is of Ydra, the aluminum built prototype for the production version of the Carter 37. Fiberglass made and a fast boat to these days. Thanks to copyright Demi-Coque for these renderings and others.

-Among the Production candidates I can think of:
Carter 40
Carter 33.
Carter 37
Carter 39
Carter 36. The Texas One Tonner.
I'll add more pictures as I retrieve them.