There is a very good 2-part profile article about the Stephens brothers from New Yorker magazine from 1957. The first article appears in the September 7, 1957 issue and the follow up in the September 14, 1957 issue. You can access by visiting the New Yorker Magazine website here, and by doing an article search for Olin Stephens (You will also find an article about the J-boat Ranger).
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A few years back the grandson of the original owner of Stormy Weather sent us some plans and instructions for a "light box" that was found in a roll in the bilges of the boat. According to the instructions we received the light box was to be used at the New York Boat Show in 1936. It's interesting in that it's a low tech marketing item and a very obscure bit of the early American yacht business paraphernalia.
Included was a large photo transparency of Stormy Weather sailing. This was to be suspended within a wooden frame by light lines. The suspended image was then to be back lit. The rendering above was also in the roll of materials.
A couple of our guys agreed to reconstruct the frame. Here's the completed product which was on display at our 75th Anniversary party at Mystic Seaport back in 2004.
After the event we looked around for a use for such an item. The light box was ultimately installed in the Sailing Neighborhood at the Westchester Medical Center. See our posting of 9 July by clicking here. Here it is hanging at the hospital where it still hangs today.
For those that knew Mitch, here's a great shot of him being rowed around the mooring field. This was probably taken in Wooden Boat Harbor right after the Feeder Race a few years back. And here's a nice shot of Mitch doing what he liked best - messing around with boats.
Sonny is a design very similar in style to a long progression of earlier designs including Dorade (design #7), Stormy Weather (design #27), Edlu I (design#35) and Avanti (design #85). She is a beautiful example of a Sparkman & Stephens design.
The boat has been restored a couple of times. The first major restoration was by Cantiere Navale Dell'Argentario of Italy in 2002. Here's a great shot of Sonny arriving at Argentario.
And the ballast keel coming off.
The boat was eventually purchased by an American yachtsman, brought to New England where she underwent another major restoration. She is now in mint condition and makes her home at the International Yacht Restoration School docks.
Here's an article from Yachting Magazine from 1935. Double click for bigger view.
And the plans.
You can see some sailing shots in a previous post by clicking here.
Principal Dimensions LOA 53'-6" LWL 39'-0" Beam 12'-7" Draft 7'-8" Displacement 46,774 lbs
This one-tonner design was extensively used for both one-off and production boat building in both wood and fiberglass. The boat shown above (and below), Pathfinder" was build in New Zealand of wood by Brin Wilson, who built a number of S&S designed boats in the 1970s.
The boat shown below was one of the production run built in Australia and known as a Superstar 339 SS.
Here's the general arrangement for the wood version.
And here's a sail plan for yet another production fiberglass version, this with flush deck. Boats were also built in France and Italy.
Principal Dimensions LOA 38'-7" LWL 29'-7" Beam 11'-5" Draft 6'-6"