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Traditional, but speedy too

Mar 1, 2013
Stephens Waring's newest design, a 144-foot ketch. When built, it will be SWYD's largest yacht to date following the 90-foot Bequia launched at the Brooklin Boatyard in 2009.

Stephens Waring's newest design, a 144-foot ketch. When built, it will be SWYD's largest yacht to date following the 90-foot Bequia launched at the Brooklin Boatyard in 2009.

Just because a boat looks traditional, doesn’t mean it can’t be as fast as possible. For a great example of this, consider a recent design study by Stephens Waring Yacht Design (SWYD) of Belfast, Maine. SWYD has drawn up some concept images for a 144-foot Spirit of Tradition superyacht. According Bob Stephens, interest in the design has come from a client intent on extended family cruising and an aggressive charter program supported by a professional crew. Oh, and a rig that should generate some serious power.  

The new design, dubbed 44M Anthem, is an amalgam of traditional styling and high performance sailing capability. The preliminary design calls for four double staterooms and accommodations for eight crew.

Like other Spirit of Tradition yachts, the design calls for long overhangs and a delicate sheer. The rig will also feature a modern square top main and mizzen which Stephens says will produce more drive, and also contribute to comfort as it tends to reduce the heeling action of the hull.

Belowdecks, the boat is drawn with large open spaces and plenty of light, designed to contribute to livability and comfort. A large deckhouse connects interior and exterior spaces.

Other preliminary specifications include carbon fiber spars, roller furling and hydraulic winches. The type of build is open to all methods of construction including aluminum, steel, cold-molded wood/epoxy or infused glass-reinforced epoxy resin/CoreCell foam sandwich.

SWYD now has a satellite office in Seattle for use in meeting with West Coast clients and build partners, making the design shop a two-coast operation.

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