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079 Aeolus

AeolusGAFF TOPSAIL CUTTER

History

Aeolus is a 41ft extreme plank on edge gaff topsail cutter – thin, deep with slack bilges, long keel, internal lead ballast only of 6 tons and an excessive sailplan. 

42ft on deck, 38ft LWL 60ft overall with spars, beam 9 ft, draft 8ft, 15 tons.  Working sails 1,000  sqft plus topsails of 450 sq ft

Aeolus was originally built in 1904 in California, designer unknown but using Kunhardt to develop a GL Watson inspired rig.  She was owned and raced locally successfully and later was used for chartering. 

In 2003, she was imported to the UK but not sailed until her current owner purchased her in late 2008, did some experimental sailing, took the lines of the hull and commissioned Ed Burnett to produce a balanced sailplan.  The new sails from SKB in late 2009 have been cut very flat; the mainsail has a much shorter foot and bigger headsails have achieved balance and beauty.  She remains traditional with block, tackle and belaying pins as the sole method of securing ropes.

Rebuild

She was rebuilt in 1982/3 as an exact replica with the keelson as the only original timber.  Double planked in cedar to the waterline with light timber frames of ironwood, fir planks for the topsides, triple layered decking finished in Port Orford cedar and low bulwarks.  Ironwood has been used for beams and structural timbers.  The American history is being investigated.

Current

AeolusThe spars and sailplan where replicated which, in the prevailing style at the turn of the last century, was overcanvassed with a boom 10ft beyond the transom and light spars.  This may have been suitable for inshore racing but produced excessive weatherhelm and an unseaworthy boat.   This has been cured by the new cream working sails and tan topsails with a large symbol A~ on the sails representing the wind god Aeolus escaping from a jar, where he had been imprisoned by Zeus,  and so blowing Odysseus back away from the underworld.

Prior owners in the UK have added an engine, electrics and wireless instruments (a gasp of horror was heard from traditionalists) but when sailing she remains true to her era.  The lead ingots have been all removed and the bilges cleaned to reveal a hull in good condition.  The rigging has been reconditioned  and improved to make sail handling easier.

The interior remains basic during this 2010/11 winter a full cruising accommodation will be fitted in a traditional style including a wood burning stove giving six berths.

2011 berthed in the Hamble, Solent, near Southampton, UK

 

Yacht Description

Owner:

Anthony Wheaton

Designer:

-

Class:

One Off

Year Designed:

1904

Year Built:

1904

Builder:

In California 1904. Eric Ashford in San Francisco 1983



LOA:

17.4 m

57 ft

LOD:

12.6 m

41 ft

Beam:

2.8 m

9 ft

Draft:

2.4 m

8 ft

LWL:

11.1 m

36 ft

LOD/LWL Ratio:

1.15

Displacement:

15 tonnes

Thames Measurement:

-

Hull Material:

Douglas Fir

Hull Construction:

Ironwood

Hull Frames:

Oak

Rudder:

Douglas Fir

Sail Material:

Dacron

Deck & Superstructure:

Oregon Pine laid on two layers of Douglas Fir planks

Superstructure Profile:

Low Bulwarks, Coachouse

Interior:

Saloon and two cabins

Steering:

Tiller

Transom:

-

Rig:

Gaff with main and jib topsails

Engine Make:

Volvo

Engine HP:

55

Engine Mounted:

On Centreline

Propeller:

Folding

Propeller Blades:

3

Mast Material:

Douglas Fir

Mast Configuration:

1 Spreaders

Keel Configuration:

Long

Keel Material:

Wood, 6 Tons of lead ingots inside hull