Sceptre 1958


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 Sceptre, 1958, America's Cup Challenger, designed by David Boyd.

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Hand-crafted plank-on-frame wood hull with white topsides, gold cove stripe, red  boot stripe. Red bottom paint.

Hull size: 60cm.

Board size: 75cm X 20cm

Half Hull SizeMedium (75cm X 20cm)
Size75cm X 20 cm

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Sceptre 1958

Sceptre 1958

Scotsman David Boyd was 55 years old when he designed Sceptre. He was at the time, managing director of the Robertson & Son yard at Sandbank, Argyll, Scotland, and had been so for 33 years. He had a sense of esthetic and his first major design, the 34-ton yawl Zigeuner was living proof.

In 1957, Boyd was selected to design the challenger at the issue of a competition in January, in which three of his fellow-designers were competing: James Mac-Gruer, Arthur Robb and Charles Nicholson Junior. The principle of the competition was interesting; each of the architects was to submit two designs: one conventional, the other more original.

On July 13th, 1957, David Boyd’s model B was picked. Astonishingly enough, following the comparison, no effort was made in order to continue to improve the performances of the model picked. Time was short, true, and the lesson inflicted by Columbia was harsh.

Lord Dunraven had no hesitation when he decided to issue his second challenge; he immediately turned to George Lennox Watson and gave him carte blanche to design his new challenger. Watson was determined to win. To achieve his objective, his inspiration came largely from ideas developed by the Americans: wide beam, full lines, composite construction.

Valkyrie III was built by the D. & W. Henderson & Co. yard at Partick on the Clyde. Her frames were in steel, with wooden planking. She was given a steel mast. Launched in May 1895, Valkyrie III had her ballast increased after her first trials against Britannia.


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