Sparkman & Stephens SIREN

Type: NY-32

Siren Specifications:

LOA: 45’4″ / 13.81m
LWL: 32’0″ / 9.75m
Beam: 10’7″ / 3.22m
Draft: 6’6” / 1.98m
Design Number: 125
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Original Name: Folly
Current Owner: Peter Cassidy
Year Built: 1936
Built By: Nevins Yacht Yard Yacht Builders, City Island, NY
Contract Cost: $11,000
Hull Material: Philippine mahogany on white oak frames
Gross Displacement: 27,000 lbs
Ballast: 12,000 lbs
Sail Area: Original 950 sq ft
Sail Number: NY-20


In 1935, when the New York Yacht Club was looking for boats to replace the 1905 “Thirties” designed by N.G. Herreshoff, their requirements included blue water seaworthiness in addition to grace and quickness. Olin Stephens and the Nevins Yacht Yard met the challenge, beating out competing designs by Alden and Nicholas Potter (the CAL 32). Twenty boats were built, with Olin Stephens specifying oak frames (1 5/8″ on 8″ centers), heavy Philippine mahogany planking, and a low, solid deck house, all without sacrificing speed or beauty. Originally priced at $11,000, the New York 32’s have stood the test of time, with about two-thirds of the original fleet still sailing.

In Olin Stephen’s words “We set out to design a good cruiser/racer with good all-around form, guided by the lines of Dorade, Stormy Weather and Edlu, and emphasized seaworthiness rather than around-the-mark agility.”



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