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Sailing Yacht Designs

by Kasten Marine Design, Inc.

Copyright 2014 Michael Kasten
Updated July 2014

The sailing yacht designs listed below are arranged in order of their size, from the largest at over 164 feet (a traditional plank on frame wooden ketch) to the smallest at 8 feet (an aluminum sailing pram).

New boat designs are added as they are developed (marked with the NEW..! - Copyright Kasten Marine Design, Inc. symbol) so you may want to bookmark this page and check in periodically... Please also have a look at our Prototypes page to see a number of new designs that are currently being developed or imagined.

Ordering Study Drawings; Estimating Plans; Building Plans

Study Drawings are available for nearly all of the designs described below. Study Drawings usually consist of the first few sheets of the actual Building Plans, and are useful for planning, or even as wall-art...!

If more information is desired in order to start planning for construction, an Estimating Plans Set additionally includes a Structural Profile and Arrangement plus a complete Vessel Specification and a comprehensive Equipment List, all valuable aids in planning and estimating costs. The intent of the Estimating Plans Set is to provide enough information for any builder to give a firm estimate for construction of the vessel.

Building Plans contain all the information actually needed to complete construction of the vessel. If you would like to order Study Drawings, Estimating Plans, or a complete set of Building Plans for any of these designs, please see the Plans List Page for additional detail, a summary of plans prices, and complete ordering information. See our Stock Design Page for a thorough description of what is included in a typical plans package.

If you want to know what's involved in creating a Custom Design to suit your specific requirements, you'll find excellent detail on our Custom Design Page.

Large Sailing Yachts

36m Phinisi - Click for Larger Image
 

As yachts, these larger vessels provide the height of luxury on the water, with ample space for an extended family or for chartering.
These yachts are second to none... The 36m Phinisi Silolona pictured above was featured in Superyachts magazine in May 2006;
has won accolades in SE Asia Yachting as the best newly built sailing yacht in Asia in 2004, the year of her launch;
and has achieved cameo appearances in Vogue magazine, La Figueroa, Time magazine, plus a number of boating magazines.

50m Indonesian Sailing Phinisi - The original 36m Phinisi we designed (shown above) has been the inspiration for a series of other phinisi designs, some larger, some smaller. Each of these designs share the same aesthetic of the traditional wooden Indonesian Sailing Phinisi. At 50m (164 feet) this one is much larger than the original. The intent of the design is private yachting or luxury chartering throughout Indonesia with occasional forays to Malaysia, Thailand, the Andaman Islands and the Maldives. Designed to the structural standards of Germanischer Lloyds, this vessel will offer superior security, luxury and comfort. For more information about this design or other traditional wooden vessels, please inquire.

38m Indonesian Sailing Phinisi  - A plank-on-frame Indonesian Phinisi Charter Schooner. A 38 meter (125 foot) luxury wooden sailing yacht for occasional chartering, having deluxe accommodations for the owner, private staterooms for 8 additional guests, plus accommodation for 14 crew including dive master and guide. Designed to the standards of Germanischer Lloyd's for maximum safety and longevity. To be built in Kalimantan Timur (East Borneo). For more information about this design or other traditional wooden vessels, please inquire. Please also see our Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

36m Indonesian KLM - A 36 meter (120 foot) luxury wooden yacht. This design is inspired by the present-day traditional Indonesian KLM types (motor sailors). The result is a luxury private yacht for occasional chartering, having deluxe accommodations for the owners, private staterooms for 10 guests, plus accommodation for 12 crew. Designed to the standards of Germanischer Lloyd's for maximum safety and longevity, and built in Kalimantan Timur (East Borneo). For more information about this design or other traditional wooden vessels, please inquire. Please also see our Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

36m Phinisi, Silolona - Pictured above, the traditionally built Silolona, a wooden Indonesian Phinisi, measuring 36 meters (118 feet) on deck, was built in Kalimantan Selatan (South Borneo) for chartering throughout Indonesia. The intent of this design has been to provide a taste of traveling aboard a traditional sailing Bugis Pinisi, complete with Indonesian crew. Designed and built to the structural standards of the German Lloyd's rule, there is a generous measure of security, luxury and comfort for eight to sixteen charter guests (depending on which interior layout is preferred). For more information about this design or other traditional wooden vessels, please inquire. Please also see our Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

36m Tern Schooner - A 36 meter (118') deluxe wooden sailing yacht. The interior is very open, yet will accommodate two owners, eight guests or family members, and four crew. This design has been inspired by the fast Privateer sailing vessels of yore. As such, the Tern Schooner is designed to perform well under sail. Twin engines provide top performance under power. Structure is according to Germanischer Lloyds throughout. For more information about this design or other traditional wooden vessels, please inquire. Please also see our Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

34m Tall Ship - Royal Albatross -  A 34m (110 foot) charter yacht in steel. Previously named the 'Windy II' and used as a sail training vessel, our task was to re-style the exterior and interior and to detail a new layout. Now called the Royal Albatross, the vessel has been completely remodeled inside and out for the purpose of luxury charters and day-tours out of Singapore. For more information about our work on this remodel project, please inquire.

33m Indonesian KLM -  A 33m (108 foot) charter yacht in wood, sister to the 36m KLM listed above and the 30m KLM listed below. A luxury private yacht that can also be used for charters. Designed to the German Lloyd's rule for wooden ships for maximum structural integrity and long life. For more information about this design or other traditional wooden vessels, please inquire. Please also see our Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

31m Komodo Privateer NEW..! - Copyright Kasten Marine Design, Inc. - A 31 meter (102') 'privateer' style charter yacht designed for construction in Indonesia.  The objective with this design has been to contain the same guest suite layout as our larger 36 to 38 meter sailing phinisi types within a smaller overall hull size, for the sake of economy, but without compromising the guest cabins or the degree of luxury they offer.  A secondary objective has been to introduce a different design to the Indonesian charter game having much less windage for the sake of enhanced sailing performance.   For more information about this design or other traditional wooden vessels, please inquire. Please also see our Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

30m Indonesian Sailing Phinisi - Our original 36m Phinisi design has been an inspiration for a series of design studies, each of which share the same traditional aesthetic of the wooden Indonesian Sailing Phinisi. This smaller 30m (98 foot) version is intended for private use and occasional chartering throughout Indonesia. Designed to the structural standards of the Germanischer Lloyds, this vessel will offer superior security, luxury and comfort. For more information about this design or other traditional wooden vessels, please inquire. Please also see our Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

30m Indonesian KLM - This 30 meter (98 foot) luxury wooden yacht is modeled after the present-day traditional Indonesian Kapal Layar Mesin. Literally translated, this means "boat-sail-machine." Although we would call this a "Motor Sailor" these craft are simply referred to in Indonesia as "KLM." The concept here has been to create a private yacht that can also be chartered, and which has deluxe accommodations for the owner and guests, plus generous cabins for crew. For more information about this design or our other traditional wooden vessels, please inquire. Please also see our Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Zebulun 96 - Zebulun is a modern sailing yacht in all respects. Intended for fast all-ocean sailing. All aluminum construction; twin fin keels with ballast bulbs; twin rudders; three masts; fully battened sails; etc. The ultimate charter vessel, having nine private staterooms, for a capacity of 18 to 20 all together. Equally capable as a motor sailor or pure sailing vessel. Very impressive! If re-designed, wood or fiberglass are also possible (with substantial revisions to the plans). Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Asgard 66 - NEW..! - Copyright Kasten Marine Design, Inc. A Viking Ship..? Yes..! Having been inspired by those craft, the Asgard is so named. Reminiscent of Herreshoff's 55' voyager Marco Polo, the Asgard provides a slightly different take. Easy living accommodations for two couples, excellent performance under sail, modest draft for shoal water cruising, and a hull form that provides ultimate survival for extreme conditions. Please also see our Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

66' Sulawesi Privateer Schooner NEW..! - Copyright Kasten Marine Design, Inc. - A classic schooner intended for charters, or for a couple, and four guests, plus a crew of four.  Inspired by our 61' Brigantine Mermaid, we have chosen in favor of the much simpler schooner rig.  Designed for construction on the beach in Indonesia with tropical hardwood, its cost would not be much.  With structure designed according to the German Lloyd's scantling rule and stability according to MCA standards, the Sulawesi Privateer offers a capable and long-lasting  habitat for local charters, living aboard, and for world cruising.  (Preliminary design information available; please inquire.)

Mermaid 61 NEW..! - Copyright Kasten Marine Design, Inc. - A classic Brigantine styled after the 1700's privateers. Planned for commercial use, there is a flexible-use space just forward of amidships that can be used as a 5 ton cargo hold, or a large workshop, as a twin cabin for charters, or as a general use cabin or dining hall for day charters or boutique cuisine evening cruises. Mermaid combines modern materials and a modern hull form with a traditional Brigantine styling that is true to its heritage even down to the carvings. For example, all aluminum or all steel hull construction with all aluminum spars and modern rigging materials. Wood or fiberglass structure are also possible (with substantial revisions to the plans). For more information, please inquire. Please also see our Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Shiraz 56 - Pictured below, we have a fast aluminum sailing yacht with classic styling in the Herreshoff tradition. Recently detailed for construction in aluminum complete with NC cutting files. Conceived as a motor sailor, with the emphasis on sailing performance. Two separate staterooms, large saloon and galley, even a bath tub! From the shelter of the 'midship cockpit one can watch other vessels fall astern as though they were tied to a coral head... Aluminum spars; ketch rig. If re-designed, wood or fiberglass are also possible (with substantial revisions to the plans). Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Sarah 50 NEW..! - Copyright Kasten Marine Design, Inc. - A modern fast sailing aluminum cutter in the tradition of our 96' Schooner Zebulun.  Fully battened sails, swim step, sleek rounded hull form, and a spacious layout for a couple and their guests. Nice..!   (Preliminary design information available; please inquire.)

Lucille 50 - This vessel is in my view a proper motor sailor! Lucille has a true pilot house, a real walk-in engine room, and private cabins for four. There are two versions, one having the wheel house aft, the other with the house amidships. Lucille has a rounded hull and very clean lines suited to steel or aluminum. If re-designed, wood or fiberglass are also possible (with substantial revisions to the plans). Aluminum spars, schooner rig. Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Many more sailing yacht concept designs can be found on our Prototypes web page.

 

Mid-Size Sailing Yachts

The 42' Steel Ketch - Zephyr
The 42' Ketch Zephyr in the drawing above is a perfect example of our Modern Classic approach to yacht design.
The mid-sized yachts listed below are designed as fast, safe ocean sailing yachts for the whole family - from 36' to 56'...

Jasmine 48  - An all aluminum junk rigged schooner - and a highly capable motor sailor as well! The request here was to design a blue water schooner with an easy to handle rig, a spacious interior and classic styling, then apply modern technology to all of that...! In this case all aluminum structure, free standing rig, electric motor propulsion, and a very comfortable interior. A rounded hull for construction in aluminum. Recently updated to include the concept of having a pilot house aft. If re-designed, wood or fiberglass are also possible (with substantial revisions to the plans). Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Valhalla 44 NEW..! - Copyright Kasten Marine Design, Inc. - Inspiration for this vessel was drawn from Viking craft, as well as from Coast Guard surf boats and Whaleboats, all of which were double ended in their original form for maximum seaworthiness. With a large self-bailing central cockpit and flush decks both fore and aft, a fully self-righting design is created. There is ample interior space for a couple to permanently live aboard, and a simple and easily handled cat-schooner rig. Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Redpath 44 - I designed Redpath for myself. Enough said. In my view she is simply beautiful. The idea was to create a simple and comfortable live aboard schooner for two. When left to my own devices, herein lies much of my preferred design approach. Though designed as an auxiliary sail boat, Redpath is also a true motor sailor. Aluminum spars, schooner rig. Hull construction in steel. If re-designed, wood or fiberglass are also possible (with substantial revisions to the plans). Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Redpath 44 - Okay, why is Redpath listed twice here...? We recently completed a conversion of the Redpath design to aluminum construction, including aluminum spars. We also completed new NC cutting files for aluminum construction (imperial dimensions). If re-designed, wood or fiberglass are also possible (with substantial revisions to the plans). Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

White Buffalo 43 NEW..! - Copyright Kasten Marine Design, Inc. -  A motor sailing yacht virtually identical to our 43' Roberta Jean.  The perfect live-aboard layout for two...?  Very possibly.  With ample sail rig and the full motor yacht capabilities including full power engine, long range tank capacity, pilot house... what's not to like...?   For more information about this design please inquire.

Lucille 42 NEW..! - Copyright Kasten Marine Design, Inc. - A smaller sister to the 50' Lucille, the 42' Lucille has been designed as a highly capable motor sailing yacht for construction in steel or aluminum. In hull form and rig, the 42' Lucille is reminiscent of the great Herreshoff yachts. An aft pilot house and an excellent interior layout for long term cruising and living aboard. For more information about this design please inquire.

Highland Lass 42 - Grace's big sister. A classic rig on the finest of single chine hull forms intended for steel or aluminum construction. Designed for performance cruising. Comfort for four. Luxury for two. Aluminum spars, schooner rig. If re-designed, wood or fiberglass are also possible (with substantial revisions to the plans). Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Zephyr 42 - NEW..! - Copyright Kasten Marine Design, Inc. Designed right after quite a rough West Coast passage, Zephyr is the original design from which Grace and Highland Lass were developed. A fast and sea kindly steel or aluminum hull and a simple ketch rig, newly updated for use with an aluminum hull structure. Hull construction in wood or fiberglass also possible (with substantial revisions to the plans). Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Benrogin 40 - A transom-stern rounded hull and clean lines ideally suited to steel, aluminum, fiberglass or plank on frame wood construction. Intended for family cruising. Two versions: one with a wooden deck for luxury, the other having a metal deck for simplicity and ultimate strength. If re-designed, wood or fiberglass are also possible (with substantial revisions to the plans). Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Greybeard 38 - A variation on Fantom. More displacement with a different interior and a slightly different look. Every bit the boat to live up to her name. With a rounded hull and easy lines Greybeard is ideally suited to steel or aluminum. If re-designed, wood or fiberglass are also possible (with substantial revisions to the plans). Aluminum spars, cutter rig. Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Fantom 36 - A round bottom double ended cutter in the Archer tradition. With a rounded hull and easy lines Fantom is ideally suited to steel or aluminum. This boat was designed for ultimate conditions with the intent to make the Northwest Passage. Aluminum spars, cutter rig. If re-designed, wood or fiberglass are also possible (with substantial revisions to the plans). Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Grace 36 - Can a metal boat have grace? Absolutely yes! One of the prettiest metal boats afloat, and a very easy shape to build. Designed for ocean voyaging in style. Aluminum spars, ketch rig. Hull construction in steel or aluminum. If re-designed, wood or fiberglass are also possible (with substantial revisions to the plans). Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Freyja 33 - NEW..! - Copyright Kasten Marine Design, Inc. As with the 44' Valhalla, the task here was to create the most seaworthy live-aboard vessel possible, and to make it as small as could be done without crowding the interior. With a large self-bailing central cockpit and flush decks both fore and aft, a fully self-righting design is created. There is ample interior space for a couple to permanently live aboard, and a simple and easily handled cat-schooner rig. Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Many more sailing yacht concept designs can be found on our Prototypes web page.

Pocket Size Sailing Yachts

The 23' Pocket Cutter - SARAH CAT
A pair of smaller yachts for trailering, weekending, ocean voyaging, coastal sailing, day sailing... perfect little ships!

Bedouin 28 - An excellent bilge keel yacht, the big sister to Sarah Cat. Trailerable and ocean worthy. Aluminum spars, cutter rig. Hull construction in aluminum. If re-designed, wood or fiberglass are also possible (with substantial revisions to the plans). Preliminary drawing available; please inquire.

Sarah Cat 23 - A centerboard boat with a classic fantail stern. Tabernacle mast for easy trailering. The most economical of cruising boats. Aluminum spars, cutter rig. Hull construction in aluminum. If re-designed, wood or fiberglass are also possible (with substantial revisions to the plans). Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Larger and smaller preliminary designs in this size range can be found on our Prototypes web page.

Yacht Tenders

The 10' Sailing Pram
Our series of pram designs are the ideal companion to any of our yacht designs...!

The Pram - The pram hull form has the most carrying ability within the least length. Being flat bottom, these sailing prams take the beach gracefully, and they are easily stowed. Sizes range from 8' to 14' with construction in aluminum, plywood or fiberglass. Please see the Plans List Page for a summary of Plan prices.

Lena Kasten Drawing of Emerald