Friday, March 4, 2011

Design 379 - Ciclon


This is the quintessential yacht photo: nice subject matter, great lighting, good background. And what a beautiful boat she is. The boat was built by Remigio Hernandorena in his own small shipyard near Havana, Cuba in 1942. I have posted previously about another boat built by this man, Criollo.

The boat has a commendable race record. We know she won the St. Petersburg-Havana Race of 1947 and the Miami-Nassau Race of '48, among others. The last we heard she was used by a sailing school in St. Petersburg, then wallowed in Texas for a number of years. She has since been purchased and shipped to Cyprus where she has been restored to her former self. Her new name is Maxine.

A sistership named Venture III was built to this design (now called Magic Venture), built by Simms Brothers of Dorchester, Massachusetts and launched in 1950. Venture III was a yawl. She also did not have the small fixed dodger. She is reportedly rotting on a beach somewhere in Central America.

Venture III, now-Magic Venture

Here are the plans.


Here is an article from Rudder magazine. Double click for bigger view.

Article Courtesy of Mystic Seaport Museum

And finally here is a fairly contemporary image of the boat on a Dockwise transport ship, which gives you a hint of her underbody.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 51'-8"
LWL 34'-0"
Beam 11'-6"
Draft 7'-0"
Displacement 35,390 lbs
Ballast 15,436 lbs
Sail Area 1,152 sq ft

4 comments:

  1. Bruce,

    Like Mark Twain's reported demise, reports of Ciclon's sistership rotting on the beach in Central America have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, Magic Venture is our very own BOUNTY (379b). Based in Sausalito for the past 14 years, we have twice raced her to Hawaii, competed in the San Francisco Master Mariners Regattas since 1998, we've cruised the West Coast, and we are proud members of the Sparkman and Stephens Association. Some beach! Dan Spradling

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  2. I replaced the dog house and coaming boards on CICLON in 1986 in St Petersburg Fl with Teak sides and reusing the existing cabin top.
    I saw a note on the CRIOLLO section that she was in Cyprus in 2013, and some more info about CICLON.
    A few photos of the work are on my website jonesboatworks.com
    Michael Jones

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  3. Lots more stories I have of ciclone. My friend bought her in St. Pete. Was demasted in hurricane Gilbert. Made it to Caymans. We sailed it to key West with a tree ass a mast. Went to St. Pete for new spars ,riggen,mast and sails. Johnson sails. Got her back in shape in yard in St. Pete. Sailed her South. Jamaicans confiscated her. Never seen or head about her till my friends brother saw her in wooden boat mag in Cypress. I got years of sailing on her and 100$ of stories

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  4. Lots more stories I have of ciclone. My friend bought her in St. Pete. Was demasted in hurricane Gilbert. Made it to Caymans. We sailed it to key West with a tree ass a mast. Went to St. Pete for new spars ,riggen,mast and sails. Johnson sails. Got her back in shape in yard in St. Pete. Sailed her South. Jamaicans confiscated her. Never seen or head about her till my friends brother saw her in wooden boat mag in Cypress. I got years of sailing on her and 100$ of stories

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