Sparkman & Stephens CRESTA III

Type: S&S Yawl

ex Stiletto

Cresta III Specifications:

LOA: 52’1″ / 15.91m
LWL: 36’0″ / 10.97m
Beam 12’2″ / 3.71m
Draft 8’0” / 2.43m
Design Number: 1034
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Original Owner: Christian Fischbacher, Switzerland
Current Owner: Steve Kloeblen?
Year Built: 1953
Built By: Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder, Germany
Hull Material: Laminated White Oak Frames on Mahogany Planking
Gross Displacement: 38,900 lbs
Ballast: 15,900 lbs
Sail Area: 1,342 sq ft



Christian Fischbacher, of the family run Textile firm of Christian Fischbacher Co, commissioned Sparkman & Stephens to design and for Abeking & Rasmussen to built a 53′ yawl in 1953. Christian IV was an ardent Cresta runner, winning many championships. Cresta Racing was the head-first luge style of racing on ones back down toboggan track. Through this love for the sport the family named their yacht Cresta III

Through the 70s and 80s the vessel was owned by Will Buchan, one of the original 7 founding yachts to compete in Nantucket’s Opera House Cup as Stiletto. Back then most of the founding 7 were berthed at Swains Wharf, were they were used as live aboard charters.


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