S&S Refit Projects Preparing for Launch
Sparkman & Stephens Designers Have Been Hard at Work This Winter Preparing a Number of Fine Yachts for Their Return to the Water This Spring
Spring is here and with it comes the launch dates for projects new and old here in New England. This past week, Sparkman & Stephens was on hand in Thomaston, ME for the re-launch of our beautiful Modern Classic SEABORN (#2752) after her comprehensive refit at the hands of the craftsmen at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding. Along with a re-styled interior and completely refinished paint and brightwork, SEABORN’s systems have been overhauled including new Victron lithium-ion power management and storage components as well as upgrades to her programmable hydraulic sail handling and propulsion system. One person can control every sailing function on the boat from a single remote control!
S&S sea trialed these systems in late-April while test fitting a complete set of North Sails racing and cruising 3Di “White” sails and upgraded zero-stretch rigging package tailored to fit the boat by Gorilla Rigging leveraging Marlow Ropes textiles. S&S has provided Naval Architecture and Project Management services to the project from its inception and we are excited to see her provide effortless sailing to her owners for many years to come.
Progress continues to push forward on a refit of the Baltic 52 JULES (#2544) at Jamestown Boatyard, with every step bringing her closer to realizing her owner’s vision of a truly dual purpose racing and cruising yacht. A major priority of this project has been to accentuate the design aesthetic of the boat and allow her classic lines to shine through. Through careful collaboration with JBY and Harken, S&S has designed solutions to eliminate the need for on-deck clutches, excessive winches, pedestals, genoa lead purchases, and traveler cascades. Combined with brand new low profile carbon fiber racing winches by Harken and a sleek carbon fiber mast by Offshore Spars, these changes will not only make the boat look fantastic, but she will be more efficient to race inshore and offshore because of them.
Belowdecks, JULES’ cruising amenities are being expanded with air conditioning throughout, as well as an upgraded electrical system installation including a Panda generator and Victron charging, storage and management components allowing for more comfortable cruising and carefree power management. All changes are being made with the goal that one skilled captain can transform the boat from “racing” mode to “cruising” mode or back in less than a day.
The Naval Architects in our Newport, RI office are working on an extensive refit nearing completion of celebrated 12 Metre, ENTERPRISE, in preparation for the 2019 12M World Championships. Construction is taking place at New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, RI. The cockpit, metal work and deck have been completed and hydraulic lines are going in. The keel is being cast by Broomfield’s in Providence, RI and the trim tabs and rudder are being built by Moore Brothers in Bristol, RI.
ENTERPRISE’s rig construction is underway at Sail Spars in Connecticut and the sailmakers at North Sails are preparing brand new 3Di sails just for her. We look forward to seeing ENTERPRISE on the water next month and following her results in the lead up to the Worlds in Newport, RI in 2019!