Make PLYM SWEDEN
Model SPARKMAN STEPHENS YAWL
City NEWPORT BEACH
Owner MARVIN GOURMAN
[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Year 1949
This 57 foot Sparkman Stephens yawl was built in 1949 by Plym in Denmark which was one of Olin Stephens II’s favorite yards for their building technique of tapering not only the frames, but also the shere clamp toward the ends where full strength was not necessary. It was a labor- intensive process, but made for a lighter boat, which always pleases the designer. In 1951 she was the first to finish in the Fastnet Race, and first in class in the 1954 Bermuda Race. She had a major refit in 2002 that included new lower frames, some planning, a new plywood deck with Teak overlay and all new machinery, Yanmar engine and engine beds. She then sailed lightly on the west Coast for a few seasons before being sold to her next owner. An unfortunate accident with a candle set her interior on fire one night, gutting her main salon and scorching some interior planning. The present owner bought her from the insurance company in 2009 and hired Driscol Yard of San Dieg, well known for their wooden boat work, to complete the repairs. She is now better than the original and sailing again.