Carola of Lymington

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Design No. 0354

Built for: H. A. Bergerhout
Builder: F.A.G de Vries, Aalsmeer. Netherlands
Date designed: 1959
Class – Hull Number Donella Class No. 5
Principal Design Data
L.O.A: 44’ 0” (13.75 m)
Datum: 33’ 0” (10.10 m)
Beam Max: 11’ 6″ ( 3.54 m)
Draft: 6′ 0” ( 1.83 m)
Displacement tons: 15.20 15.48 t
T.M.: 19.8 tons
Ballast ratio: 40.5%
Sail Area: 980 sq. ft
Rig: Bermudan cutter

Following the interest in Donella which Jack had designed from Heywood’s detailed brief for a family cruiser Mr Bergerhout commissioned the Partners to create a version in steel and thus in October 1958 appeared Laurent Giles & Partners nineteenth concept proposal of that year.

Carola of Lymington was the fifth of the Donella class to start construction; a foot longer overall and nearly 9” more beam but with the same waterline length, the hull and deck of Carola of Lymington were to be fabricated of welded steel with wooden deck works. The steel scantlings were light as was often the case with Giles: for Carola generally 3 mm hull plating with 4 mm sheer strakes and 5 mm in the fin sides, but the keel base was always heavy and contributed to the mass of ballast. Giles by and large specified double plate rudder fabrications and these were always oil filled keeping them essentially corrosion free, but rather on the heavy side. The toe-welded angle transverse framing, plate floors and engine beds and 2.5 mm & 3 mm plate bulkheads and decks potentially increased Donella’s service displacement by nearly two extra tons and Giles filled the body sections to accommodate the augmented the extra weight, increasing the displacement/length ratio from just under 380 to a little over 418.

To avoid a loss of performance resulting from the (marginally) greater hull wetted surface and displacement added by the increase of construction weights Giles also increased the sail area but retained a cutter rig choosing to up the main and head sails aspect ratio.


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Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Carola of Lymington, Individual plan copies cost $85.00 which includes standard airmail. Please contact us using the link for information on how to order.

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Study Notes

14 page A4 format colour booklet containing many small scale drawings and photographs as well as technical data and an abridged specifications for Carola of Lymington (steel version) and the Donella class. The study notes also include a section discussing strip plank epoxy construction method and scantlings.

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Full set of Stock Building Plans

A replica of Carola of Lymington can be constructed from the original 1959 drawings, for which full lofting, steel construction, rigging and outfit drawings will be provided.

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