Motor Sailers by Philip Rhodes & John Alden

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by brian eiland, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. RHP
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    Brian, any idea where the 7 sisters are? One was for sale in very poor/stripped out condition, any idea where the others are/went?
     
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    Sorry I don't know that much about the vessels by their name,...nor their whereabouts.
     
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    Certainly looks like it could have been a design from either of those gentlemen. or at the very least a design greatly influenced by those gentleman. I think the 'Virginia Reel' boats got a lot of publicity at the time, so that might have been a big influence.

    Interesting that they made no mention of the designer of that boat for sale.
     
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    Found another variation upon the Virginia Reel theme:

    The sales blurb states (sold 2 years back):
    Designer: Fabio Peterlini, S.Margherita Liguria, Italy on project by Philip Rhodes

    Construction: Cantiere Craglietto, Trieste, Italy

    Length in feet 48.25 feet
    Length in cm 1470 cm
    Width 410 cm
    Depth 185 cm
    Gross Tonnage 22.28

    Engine brand Caterpillar 3304, 4 cylinders, 220 hp turbo, diesel, 2,350 hours
    Max speed 9 knots

    Generator: Lombardini, LMG 8000 series 8 kw diesel, 700 hours
    Sail area 75sqm
    Teak deck, rosewood, oak beams
    Inside 2 bedrooms (2 + 2 beds), saloon with dining table and bed sofa (2 beds), 1 kitchen, 1 sailor's cabin (1 bed and toilet)
    Max people on the boat 12

    We own the boat since 1975 and have carried out yearly refitting. In particular the deck was completely renovated in 2007, the boat was repainted in 2010. Every year, the boat is taken out of the water, and the lower side is cleaned and painted with antifouling.
    A very good captain takes care of the boat all year round and can continue to deal with the boat.
    We loved the boat very much, it is ideal for a family. The boat is elegant and has flair, every part has been done in the finest detail.
    The boat is inside and out in wood, in a very good condition and is very comfortable, with lots of places to lie, large water tank (3000 l), two refrigerators and a freezer.
    Attached there is also a 4.5 meter Boston Wahler with 40 hp Johnson engine and a 2.5 m joker boat with 4 hp Yamaha engine.
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    "The original plans show that the main was brailed to the mast, but later it was set on a roller-furling drum mounted a couple of feet abaft the mast. This leaves a wide gap between the luff and mast, but it helps assure that the sail will not bang against the spar when it is furled. "

    Folks that would like to copy this today might consider a brush or broom like filler slid up the sail track to lessen the aerodynamic losses of a gap between the mast and sail.
     
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    Nice find RHP, thanks for posting to this subject thread.
     
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    She is not a motorsailer, indeed, but a sail-assisted motor boat! A very nice one, btw. :)

     
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    Astilleros Udondo was a very active boatyard located close to Bilbao in the basque country. I think it closed its doors in the seventies or eighties. The main (and only?) designer was José Manuel Alonso Allende, a naval architect and very successful sailor, founder of the boatyard.

    Something about him here: http://blueangelina.blogspot.com.es/

     
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    I had posted this older image with this earlier posting. I've tried to clean it up with this posting.

    PS: Could be better I'm sure, but I am not that well acquainted with photo editing software (any help out there?)
     

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    She's a pretty boat but I must confess, silly fellow that I be, when it saw the life preserver on the side of her flying bridge it (the flying bridge / preserver combo) somehow reminded me of another famous boat and I started humming the Gilligan's Island theme.
     
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  14. brian eiland
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    That's funny :D, I never took notice of that as I was always looking at her sheer line and that clipper bow,....

    ...plus the raised saloon/deckhouse,...and a flybridge to cap it all off.
     

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    Schakel, she's lovely but to me she's simply a yacht with a doghouse/deckhouse. The cockpit is pure sailing yacht as are the hull lines.

    I guess we should start a separate thread as Jack Laurent Giles drew some gorgeous motorsailors from Blue Leopard downwards.
     
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