Phoenix's Specifications

The Andromeda/Christina Ketch is a rare breed, with only two fiberglass hulls factory-made under Bruce Bingham's supervision and an unknown number of fiberglass and/or Ferro-cement versions made by DIY enthusiasts and boat builders. Bruce Bingham's book -- Ferro Cement: Design, Techniques and Applications -- gives a great deal of insight into the Andromeda's design characteristics.

Phoenix is an outlier among both Andromedas and Christinas as she is the only one we know of with a bow sprit (extending the foot of the headsail for more sail area) and an additional staysl rig (for a storm sail).

The staysl rig was not part of Bruce's original design, but was requested by the person who originally commissioned Phoenix. This provide us with a variety of different sail configurations for the various sailing conditions that we encounter.

The tankage and sail area of other Andromeda's may vary, but for those that are curious, here are Phoenix's specs:
  • LOA: 54'
  • LOD: 48'
  • LWL: 40'
  • Beam: 14' 6"
  • Draft: 6' 6"
  • Displacement: 38,000 lbs
  • Ballast: 19,000 lbs
  • Sail Area: 1,257sq. ft (100% of foresail and mizzen)
  • Mast Height: 57' (above the water line)
  • Sail Area/Displacement: 17.9
  • Tankage:
    • Water: 240 gallons
    • Fuel: 228 gallons
    • Holding: 103 gallons

Andromeda Sail and Rigging Plan
Reprinted with permission from Bruce Bingham

Original Andromeda Deck Plan (not including Phoenix's modifications)
Reprinted with permission of Bruce Bingham

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