She’ll cross an ocean if you will. – Allied Boat Moto In 1960, Thomas Gillmer (later of Southern Cross fame) designed a 30′ sailboat in this new fiberglass material. The design caught the builder’s eye, Lunn Laminates. After building the design for the purchaser Rex … Continue readingAllied XL-2 42 Review: Overbuilt Dainty CCA Design
In the 1930’s, Ricus Van de Stadt bought a yard and opened a design studio in the Netherlands. A door manufacturer Bruynzeel fabricated a superior form of plywood called hechthout. The plywood was particularly suited for making sailboats. In 1939, Ricus designed the Valk and … Continue readingVan de Stadt Review
The worst boats are home-built, and the best boats are home-built. – Common Saying Bruce Roberts boats are either extraordinary or awful. Bruce Roberts is an Australian designer who sells his designs directly to the public. Also, he’s sold many to professional builders since 1966 … Continue readingBruce Roberts Review
In 1966, Pekka Koskenkyla started Nautor in Pietarsaari, Finland. His focus was to build a quality fiberglass 10m sailboat. That dream became the Swan 36 by Sparkman & Stephens. With the success of the 36, Nautor and Sparkman & Stephens partnered on 37, 38, 40, … Continue readingNautor Swan 57 Review: Sparkman & Stephens and Nautor Swan
A keel balances a monohull in the water. The keel is a large flat shape with a aerodynamic leading edge. They come in six general variations: full, fin, bulb, wing, centerboard, and canting.
Builders choose whether to use a bolt-on (external) or encapsulated (internal) keel on a sailboat. Neither choice is necessarily right. The five main trade-offs are cost, maintanance, tankage, repair, and performance.
One of the first passages I made was a delivery of a 38 Cabo Rico from Fort Pierce to Fort Lauderdale. Like all family adventures, it was an epic journey. My father, mother, brother, and I started out down the Intracoastal. Soon with a hankering … Continue readingCabo Rico 38 Review: The Golden Goose
The Pearson 422 is the last of a series of four variations (390, 419, 424, 422) on a same basic Bill Shaw hull design. With her center cockpit and centerline queen aft, she is the most prized. Pearson produced 39 hulls from 1982 to 1986. … Continue readingPearson 422 Review: What Everyone is Looking For
The 11th Avenue Snow-Reed bridge spans the North Fork of the New River from Riverside to Sailboat Bend. She runs from north to south. The western bank is Riverside, the Gill Isles. The eastern bank is Sailboat bend. Downriver of her, the receding fork passes … Continue reading11th Avenue Snow-Reed Swing Bridge – New River, Fort Lauderdale Bridges
This shallow draft cutter was designed for the personal use of the most ornery, knitpicking, demanding, hypercritical client I’ve ever had — me. Jim Krogen In the early 1970’s, Art Kadey started a yacht brokerage in Coconut Grove, FL. Here, he ran into Jim Krogen, … Continue readingKadey Krogen 38 Review: Tandem Centerboard Gunkholer