I get some unusual design commissions but this is the first time another yacht designer has asked me to design a boat for him. Rob Leighton, I call him Captain Rob, is an accomplished yacht designer and builder. We met on Facebook. Rob was interested in the designs I did for Ta Chaio in Taiwan, the CT 48, 54, 56 and 65. I also had some preliminary drawings for a Ct 85 but it was never built. Rob liked the romantic character of the “clipper” style ketches. Rob lives in the Philippines but is originally from the area where I now live. He is a retired Boeing composites engineer. He contacted me and said he was going to be in my area and wanted to stop by my office. Rob showed up at my beach shack one morning and we had a nice chat for about half and hour then he said, “How do we start?” He was serious. Rob had my attention.
Rob wanted an 85’ for work with his company Isla Aid doing mission work in the outer islands of the Phillipines and Micronesia. They work with sailing youth camps. Do emergency response work ferrying doctors and construction teams to remote areas hit by natural disasters. The boat will also do some chartering. Rob has a 58’er now for this work but it has proven too small. He wanted an 85’ boat with enough room to carry 14, crew and guests. I drew preliminary drawings for an 85’er. The layout was working fine. We even had a “clinic” room for minor surgical procedures. But the profile was not working, too much house for too little hull. Rob called and said, “Let’s make it 90’LOD.” I said, “Let’s make it 95’ LOD.” Rob said “Fine.”
The displacement is 185,019 lbs. for a D/L of 178. The L/B is 4.06 a bit on the narrow side. Draft is 9’. The keel fin will be integral with the hull and ballast will be internal lead. The rudder is a partially balanced type on half a skeg. Deadrise is moderate and increases towards the stern so I can have a shapely transom with just a kiss of hollow near the bottom. I used a bit of tumblehome aft in keeping with this style of boat. Despite the utilitarian nature of the work this boat will do I wanted a boat that will be fun and rewarding to sail. Rob has a lot of offshore miles on him and does understand the difference.