The original design and restoration are based on meeting the 1927 NAYRU Universal Rule for R Class boats. For anticipation of particular racing, additional restrictions were placed to ensure Lady Van closely matches her 1929 configuration. Also used to set specifications was the Comité International de la Méditerranée 2006-2009 rules which control traditional boat restorations and racing handicaps in Europe.
Dimensions:LOA: 38.95 ft LWL: 22.86 ft Beam at WL: 7.1 ft Max Beam: 7.35 ft Draft: 5.41 ft Displacement: 8455 lbs Ballast: 5300 lbs Sail Area: 598.35 ft B (boom): 19.75 ft P (main luff): 44.33 ft P2 (foretriangle): 36.25 ft J: 10.5 ft Mast Ht (max): 46.59 ft.
Materials:Keel – original Douglas fir (specific gravity: .45 green/.48 @12%; rupture strength: 7700 psi green/12400 psi @12%) Horn Timber – Douglas fir Ballast – original lead Frames – laminated Oak Clamps – original Western Red Cedar (specific gravity: .31 green/.32 @12%; rupture strength: 5200 psi green/7500 psi @12%) Keel Floors – White Oak Stringers – Yellow Cedar (specific gravity: .29 green/.31 @12%; rupture strength: 4200 psi green/6500 psi @12%) Hull Planking – Western Red Cedar Deck – Yellow cedar over Okoume (BS1088) marine plywood Spars – Sitka Spruce (specific gravity: .37 green/.40 @12%; rupture strength: 5700 psi green/10200 psi @12%) Cabin House, edge trim boards, coamings, king plank – Honduran mahogany (specific gravity: .45 green; rupture strength: 9300 psi green/11600 psi @12%)
Hardware:Custom mast fittings – water cut from C65500 High silicon bronze Winches – Harken polished bronze base, drum and top
Sails:Main: North, Richmond, BC Jibs, Genoas: Quantum, North Vancouver, BC Spinnakers: Elliot Pattison, Newport, CA Finishes: Topsides: Ditzler Concept acrylic urethane over Ditzler epoxy sealer over AwlGrip Hi-Build Bottom: International Baltoplate over International Inter-Protect 2000E