Tuesday, May 19, 2009

6 April 2009 Sea Diamond

BOAT: Sea Diamond
OWNER: Anonymous
DESIGNER: Phillip Rhodes, New York, N.Y. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Rhodes
BUILDER: Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder, Germany https://www.abeking.com/
LENGTH: 91 feet [27.7 meters]
HULL: Steel
YEAR: 1956
Sea Diamond is a remarkable yacht in all regards. Designer Phillip Rhodes is renowned for having created many distinguished yachts as well as several one design classes. For Rhodes, Sea Diamond was a “one off” built by one of the world’s foremost builders- Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany.
From the outset, Sea Diamond was a special boat of exceptional quality and character. The ravages of time and use brought forth the need for repairs. This is where the spirit of Newport, became one with the boat’s history.
Local craftsmen from James Langston and Ben Randall (interior joinery) to Mount Hope Boatworks (mast) to the experts at The Newport Shipyard have left their mark on this extraordinary yacht.
In a rare twist of fate, the niece of previous owner William Bartholomae recently purchased the boat- bringing her back into the family. Captain and crew have been hard at work preparing the vessel for departure this weekend from The Newport Shipyard. http://www.newportshipyard.com/She is bound for Florida and then the Pacific Ocean.

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