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045 Huff of Arklow

Huff of ArklowHuff of Arklow is currently undergoing an extensive restoration project led by Dominic Bridgman at Mashfod Boatyard. The aim of EISCA is to bring her back to her original specifications as per the Uffa Fox's plans and original records of her being built at Arklow, Southern Ireland.  The “Huff of Arklow” undoubtedly holds a unique position in the annals of sailing history. A forerunner in design, she heralded a new era in racing yacht construction. However, as many revolutionary phenomena, she was at first greeted with ridicule and doubt. She is still today a very distinctive sight, but back in 1951, on her construction, she was so sensational to leave most observers speechless.

Designed by the late Uffa Fox, mentor of sailing to the Royal Family and built by Jack Tyrell and Sons of Arklow for Mr. Douglas Heard, she could lay claim to a series of revolutionary innovations.

"Huff of Arklow" was the world’s first ocean going yacht to be designed to the concept of the “ Fin and Skeg” configuration, a design which is universal today. For this reason the “Huff of Arklow” could be said to be the Grandfather of the modern day racing yacht and America’s Cup boats.

She was the first masthead rig sloop, and the first ocean going yacht designed to plane, based on Uffa Fox’s highly successful “Flying Fifteen” dinghy.

She is built on two moulded skins of mahogany with the outer skin running fore and aft, whilst the inner skin runs diagonally. This gives the vessel its great strength. “Huff of Arklow” was also noted for her speed . On her trip to Iceland in 1960 she recorded a speed of 23 knots and, for that voyage she was awarded the Faulkner Cup, which she won again in 1962 for her trip to the Azores.

 

Yacht Description

Owner:

Andrew Thornhill

EISCA

Designer:

Uffa Fox

Class:

Flying 30

Year Designed:

1948

Year Built:

1951

Builder:

John Tyrell & Son Arklow



LOA:

xxx m

44.6 ft

LOD:

xxx m

xx ft

Beam:

xxx m

9.2 ft

Draft:

xxx m

6.3 ft

LWL:

xxx m

30 ft

LOD/LWL Ratio:

1.48

Displacement:

8.9 tonnes

Thames Measurement:

-

Hull Material:

Wood

Hull Construction:

Double Diagonal

Hull Frames:

Steamed

Rudder:

Transom Hung

Sail Material:

Terelene

Deck & Superstructure:

Ply

Superstructure Profile:

Coach Roof

Interior:

Classic Cruising

Steering:

Wheel

Transom:

Aft Sloping

Rig:

Sloop

Engine Make:

Beta

Engine HP:

28

Engine Mounted:

-

Propeller:

Fixed

Propeller Blades:

3

Mast Material:

Spruce

Mast Configuration:

2 spreaders

Keel Configuration:

Fin

Keel Material:

Iron