83' Hand Designed Motorsailer

Discussion in 'Motorsailers' started by Doug Lord, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Doug Lord
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    My dad modified the original design by adding the flying bridge. She was powered by two GM 6-71's connected to a single shaft. He had the mods and updates done at Higgins shipyard in New Orleans and then cruised the boat to Miami, Nova Scotia(and many points in between),Cuba and Brazil. I was aboard much of the time but just a little rug rat so I don't remember very much.
    She was sold to the Brazilian government and died in a suspicious fire at sea in about 1953.
     

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  2. apex1

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    What can we do now Doug? Thats almost 60 years too late to act!?
     
  3. Doug Lord
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    There is nothing that needs to be done. Thought you might appreciate a classic motor sailer!

    Another William Hand designed motorsailer: http://www.williamhand.com/
     

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  4. apex1

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    Would´nt bother you Doug.

    Nice boats, and nice trap too! ... Hand designed.... Ha ha ha.......

    Ignorance is a sort of paradise sometimes, at least for the ignorant. Did´nt know about William Hand.

    Regards
    Richard
     
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    Motorsailers also

    "Once upon a time many motorsailers were designed, built, and sold. These boats were comfortable and proved very desirable for extensive cruising. Built of wood, strongly framed, and powered with big heavy engines, they were somewhat compromised in sailing ability and certainly did not power at high speeds. They were never expected to do so.

    Beautiful yachts of this persuasion were designed by Rhodes, Davis, Mason, and Hand to name just a few. These boats were handsome and purposeful. They were motorsailers that went to sea, provided great range and served their owners well. Designs such as these were capable of long voyages with a minimum crew and appreciated for their reliability of sail.

    Owners perfected the art of motorsailing. They depended upon the stability and economic advantages motorsailers provided. Wonderful boats were these, masterfully designed and tastefully detailed."


    ...from my introduction....http://www.runningtideyachts.com/motorsailing/
     
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    Hand Motorsailer

    Thanks Doug...not too many Hand references around
     
  8. Doug Lord
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    Here is a better shot of my Dads Hand designed motorsailer. I was told that my favorite place on the whole boat was in the dinghy you see on the front deck just ahead of the deckhouse:

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    How did that work?

    Was the idea to run one engine for low speed and both for higher speed?

    Or maybe just easier to get two smaller engines installed back then?

    Were they side by side or inline and how connected?
     
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    They did that back in WWII, and I can't remember any details.
     
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    In WWII Detroit 6-71 and 6-110's were plentiful. Falk gears came up with combiner/reductions to harness multiple engines to a single output shaft. Some were paired side by side and others in-line back to back with output on centerline under one engine.
     
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    Ungava

    According to my Dad they were side by side but that's about all the detail I remember.
     
  13. Marie Espagne

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    as second eng on tug north sea in 72 had these engines as genset and winch power engines
    off watch; the noise drove me crackers
    emissions and fuel consumtion killled them
    however they were very reliable and rebuilt well and cheaply
    Doug your fahers boat, I would not term a true motorsailer; I wouild say steadying sails but taking the load off the governers downwind; they were very thisty engines indeed returning twice the fuel usage as an equivalent 4 cycle Cummins
     

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    Milehog Clever Quip

    W. Hand is one of those guys that did exceptional work but just didn't get the big name recognition for whatever reason.
    He still has some influence in a few modern designs but you seem to have to pry to get the designers to fess up.
     
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