Design 2018-04-18T10:57:46+00:00

Folkboat is faster

November 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Video showing a race(!) between a Sparkman and Stephens quarter ton class design from the 1970s - the Blue Bird 25 vs a traditional Nordic Folkboat, conceived as the result of a design competition run [...]

Radical Yacht rescued from the deep

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

We called her the mini Vasa - after Stockholm's famous museum ship. She is Ester, the 1901 champion racing yacht designed by Gunnar Melgren, with a dagger keel for extreme performance... and she was a [...]

Building a new sailing cargo ship

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

  A new sailing cargo ship is being built in Costa Rica This is an exciting project! Designed to deliver carbon negative marine freight the 155ft (47m) three master is at the lofting stage with [...]

20% off Wharram Designs

September 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

  Press release from Wharram Designs We would like to draw your attention to our September sale which starts on Saturday. 20% off ALL Boat Building Plans! If your heart is already set on building [...]

Olin Stephens Helms Dorade

July 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Olin Stephens helms Dorade: This photo by James Taylor was taken soon after Dorade was restored (for the first time!) in Italy in the late 1990s. Olin was uber cool in his 90s, seeing many of [...]

Feature In praise of the She 36

April 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Of all the design offices to rise to prominence in the 20th century, Sparkman & Stephens must rank near the top. From cruising yachts to America’s Cup 12 metres (with an unsurpassed record of six [...]

No1 Camper & Nicholson 32

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

The first in the series of Nardi's Nods began with the fine lines and legendary seakeeping of the Nicholson 32. The magic of a wooden boat will always stay with us, never to be substituted [...]

No 2 The Alpa 9.50

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Alpa 9.50 “What I like most about the 9.50 is that she is seaworthy and fast and she sails herself which just does not happen with modern boats” This excellent modern classic design comes from [...]

No3 Bacchant IV

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

“It was blowing hard... she was elegantly slipping along, with soft lightness through the short Baltic chop" Years ago during a race series in Sandhamn, one of the many islands off Stockholm, a boat crossed [...]

No4 The S&S 34

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

"Sea kindliness and the ability to sail close to the wind in a blow are just two great attributes of this large-hearted yacht" Of all the Sparkman and Stephens production yachts, the S&S 34 has [...]

No5 The Swan 36

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

"The firstborn of a highly rated family and the perfect boat to use year-round in any weather... a pure pleasure to sail” Thanks to Pekka Koskenkila’s youthful enthusiasm, the first Swan was created in 1966. [...]

No 6 The IW 31 Varvet

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

"Built for ocean races – which gives extra confidence when you sail with the family" With the IW 31 I would like to dispel the cliché that older boats do not perform well in light [...]

Rescue at Tenerife as another keel falls off

December 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Five sailors are rescued after the keel falls off their yacht when she turns turtle while sailing in the Canary Islands. Yacht Tyger of London, a Comet 45S lost her mast and inverted in 30 [...]