Boatbuilder Spirit Yachts and naval architect Sparkman & Stephens (S&S) are collaborating on a new 42m J-Class sloop, which will marry the classic design of yachting's golden era with modern build techniques from the 21st century.
Cheveyo is inspired by Ranger 77B, one of the original Ranger series of designs submitted by Starling Burgess and Olin Stephens to Harold Vanderbilt for the 1937 America's Cup defence.
Spirit Yachts will build the J-Class using sophisticated wood/epoxy construction mated to laser cut stainless steel ring frames to create an exceptionally stiff yet lightweight hull.
"By utilizing the wood composite construction technique Cheveyo will break from the current norm of a modern J's aluminum construction and return to a more historically accurate construction method, albeit with the use of modern epoxies and laminating techniques to maintain a light-weight structure," observes Bruce Johnson, president and chief designer of Sparkman & Stephens.
On deck, this new Cheveyo will remain true to the the original design by retaining the authentic low-profile deckhouse. High-modulus carbon spars, carbon rigging, and state of the art sails will allow her to be raced competitively against any modern yacht and, most importantly, in the growing J-Class fleet.
Authenticity continues below deck with a 1930's-inspired interior that will offer accommodation for up to 10 guests in five cabins, and facilities for eight crew.
Cheveyo has been commissioned by a US-based syndicate of investors and sailing enthusiasts.