Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Introducting the B53

 

Introducing the B53 high-performance cruising cat, just beginning construction at Gold Coast Yachts in the US Virgin Islands for a veteran Seattle sailing couple. More details to follow in coming days.




 
Overall Length 16.33 m
Waterline Length (heeled) 16.17 m
Beam Overall 8.0 m
Draft 3.0 m max, 0.4 m min
Bridgedeck Clearance 0.96 m upright, 0.78 m heeled
Displacement (light ship) 6,162 kg
Mast Height abv Water 23.0 m
Mast Length 20.6 m
Boom Length 7.4 m
Mainsail Area 106 sqm
Solent Area 46 sqm
Assym Spin Area 197 sqm
Code 0 Area 105 sqm
Max Righting Moment 20.5 mt
Propulsion (2) Yanmar 3YM30-SD20
Diesel Fuel 150 L per side
Potable Water 250 L per side
Sewage 80 L per side

Monday, May 26, 2014

Riptide 35s get 1st and 2nd in the 2014 Swiftsure Classic

Longboard (a Riptide 35 MkII) and Terremoto (a Riptide 35 MkI) placed 1st and 2nd in the PHRF division of this years Swiftsure Classic http://www.swiftsure.org/.

RT35 MkII Longboard

 

RT35 MkI Terremoto


 

Riptide 55 out cruising


We just received a nice note from TJ Durnham, the current owner of Rocket Science.  Rocket science is the first keel boat that I designed (back in 1998).  She is a long, lean and lightweight performance cruiser with hard chines and twin rudders.  After 16 years she still looks cutting edge.

Rocket Science is in the midst of a trip from the West Coast of the US to Europe.  Here is an excerpt from TJ's latest note:

Hi Paul, we haven't been in touch for a while. Here's a shot of Rocket Science anchored off of Yansaladup island in the San Blas last month. I thought you might like to see what she's up to.

 We LOVE this boat! We sailed direct from the San Blas to Bimini in just over 6 days. That's about 1350 miles through the water, averaging

220 miles a day, just the two of us with the working sails- boat on autopilot the whole time, rarely paying much attention to sail trim, just relaxing and reaching at 10 knots in about 12TWS most of the time.

Just awesome.

  We've got the boat in Charleston now, and we will spend this year on the East Coast, heading for Norway next summer. We'll keep in touch from time to time. I hope your AC prep is coming along ok.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

26 ft Power Cat Launch

Gordy and Judy Cole launched their 26 foot power cat Slightly Dangerous today in Seattle.  She is named after a WWII P-38 Lightning and sports graphics to match. They did a beautiful job on the build and finish.

Slightly Dangerous is not a kit boat really, but all the plywood and foam parts were NC cut for easy assembly. The hulls are 9 and 6mm Okoume ply, finished off at the bow with a foam crash-box. The deck is 3" blue foam with 4mm ply skins and the house is 6mm.

It will be really interesting to hear about their first season living with the boat.







Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Dogzilla Has a New Home


A worthy final resting place for the 33rd America's Cup winner. Bieker Boats designed and engineered the support system and rigging for displaying the USA 17 Trimaran at Oracle headquarters.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Riptide 765 for sale!


 
 
We designed Helter Skelter in 2003 to the New Zealand sportboat rule for yachtsman Phil Jameson.  Phil built the boat to a high standard using vacuum bagged carbon/epoxy laminates.  Helter Skelter has pretty much been the boat to beat in the New Zealand sportboat class ever since.  With her easy lines and well balanced rig/appendage package the 765 is fun, quick and easy to handle over a broad range of conditions.  She recently won the sportboat division at the Bay of Islands race week.  
 
The link to Helter on our website is here: Bieker 765.
 
We have designed a new sportboat for Phil and he needs to sell Helter in order to finance the final stage of the new boats build. A link to that boat is here: Jameson 650
 
Enquiries about the boat can be addressed to Phil at this address: Phil Jameson

Monday, December 30, 2013

Congratulations to Wild Oats XI for another

Sydney Hobart Line Honors Win!


 
Wild Oats XI successfully repeated her 2012 Sydney Hobart Line Honors performance in this years edition of the race against a formidable group of contenders.  Wild Oats XI was sporting the Bieker engineered daggerfoils, forward daggerboard  and ballast bulb fins from last year as well as a new Bieker Engineered side foil.   Wild Oats XI is now a veritable swiss army knife of appendage options but this package allows her to adapt to a broad range of sailing conditions - a crucial capability in this years race.