Diomede II

Diomede II
Name: Diomede II
Boat Owner: Gary Bashford & Fiona Kuch
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Builder: Jack Gutierrez
Description:

Diomede II is a centre-board yawl. She is constructed according to design 1054 by Sparkman and Stephens from the USA. Finisterre, after which the design was named, was the original boat designed by Olin Stephens and was a three time winner of the 625 nautical mile Newport – Bermuda Race. There are four Finisterre yawls known to have been constructed in Australia, two of which are known to remain afloat. One of these surviving boats has been overlaid with fibre-glass meaning Diomede is the only known surviving boat of this design in Australia to original specs. A complete refurbishment has been undertaken since 2015 by Jon Minnebo from RM Marine, based in Kettering. The White Beech deck was carefully lifted and re-laid retaining 38mm of original decking. The galley has been refitted and constructed of Huon Pine. The four cylinder Perkins engine has been replaced with a Volvo Penta 55. All new running gear has been installed. In order to meet survey the stainless steel rigging is currently being replaced. Diomede’s Huon Pine planks were milled by the Morrison family at Strahan. Diomede II has competed in races in Port Phillip Bay and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. She has cruised extensively around Tasmania, Bass Strait and interstate, attending the Sydney Tall Ships Festival with her previous owner. A comprehensive archive of original plans, blueprints and correspondence from Olin Stephens has been maintained by Diomede’s four owners. A DVD copy of the original reel-to-reel movie of the laying of the keel by Jack Gutierrez, the launching and maiden voyage to Tasmanian waters is also a feature of the collection. Diomede II is a centre-board yawl. She is constructed according to design 1054 by Sparkman and Stephens from the USA. Finisterre, after which the design was named, was the original boat designed by Olin Stephens and was a three time winner of the 625 nautical mile Newport – Bermuda Race. There are four Finisterre yawls known to have been constructed in Australia, two of which are known to remain afloat. One of these surviving boats has been overlaid with fibre-glass meaning Diomede is the only known surviving boat of this design in Australia to original specs. A complete refurbishment has been undertaken since 2015 by Jon Minnebo from RM Marine, based in Kettering. The white beech deck was carefully lifted and re-laid retaining 38mm of original decking. The galley has been refitted and constructed of Huon Pine. The four cylinder Perkins engine has been replaced with a Volvo Penta 55. All new running gear has been installed. Diomede’s Huon Pine planks were milled by the Morrison family at Strahan. A comprehensive archive of original plans, blueprints and correspondence from Olin Stephens has been maintained by Diomede’s four owners. A DVD copy of the original reel-to-reel movie of the laying of the keel by Jack Gutierrez, the launching and maiden voyage to Tasmanian waters is also a feature of the collection.

LOD feet: 39
Hull Timber: Huon Pine
Type of Boat: Finisterre Yawl
State: Tasmania
Built: 1969
Location: KF3-44
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