Saturday, November 19, 2011

Design 1292 & C1 - Palawan II and Ile de Feu

Samarkand - ex-Palawan II

Two beautiful boats were built to this design, which was prepared for Thomas J. Watson, Jr. This was to be his second Palawan. She was constructed by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany of wood using typical S&S scantlings and was launched as a sloop in 1958.

Palawan's sister, Ile de Fleu was built by the Shipyard Rameau of Etal, France and launched in 1962. She was designed and launched as a sloop. From the notes it looks like her lines were altered slightly from those of Palawan. From what I can tell Watson had his Palawan converted to a yawl based on Ile de Feu's successes. Here she is in a very dramatic image.

Ile de Feu - Image Courtesy of Beken of Cowes

Here are the plans. Both sloop and yawl sail plans are shown.

Principle Dimensions
LOA 54'-6"
LWL 37'-0"
Beam 13'-3"
Draft 5'-3"
Displacement 43,000 lbs
Ballast 13,000 (outside) 500 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 1,309 sq ft (sloop) 1,284 sq ft (yawl)

Ile de Feu - Image Courtesy of Beken of Cowes


  1. errata: the Rameau yard was in Etel, in the Morbihan.
    They stopped building hulls in the 1980s but continued to furnish boat interiors into the late 2000s, and when André Rameau went into retirement the shipyard simply closed business. They were very good. A pity.

  2. Ile de Feu was an early boat of the Viant family which led them to a great RORC and Whitbread career with more extreme yachts. She also triggered one her crew into building Stiren
    AFAIK Ile de Feu floundered after falling into disrepair with her latest pennyless owner.

  3. - this news of AFAIK Ile de Feu sounds tragic; can she be recovered?