The Andromeda ketch is a rare breed with an unknown number of fiberglass and/or Ferro-cement versions made by DIY enthusiasts/boat builders. While the Andromeda is better known, Bruce Bingham made a slight variation in the bow and stern flair of the Andromeda design to create the "Christina" version. Only 2 Christina fiberglass hulls were made in the Bingham factory, and to our knowledge, no Andromeda's were factory made. Bruce's book -- Ferro Cement Design Techniques and Application -- gives a great deal of insight into the Andromeda's design characteristics, and the line drawings highlight the subtle differences between the two versions.
So, for those who are curious, here are the Andromeda specs (Phoenix is a Christina):
LOA 48' (54' for Phoenix with bow sprit)
LOD 48' (Christina version 49')
Beam 14' 6"
Draft 6' 6"
Displacement 38,000 lbs.
Ballast 19,000 lbs.
Sail area 1,257 ft2 (100% foresail and mizzen)
Mast height 57' (above water line)
Sail Area/Displacement 17.9
Water 240 gallons
Fuel 228 gallons
Holding 103 gallons
|Reprinted with permission from Bruce Bingham|