Originally designed for plywood construction, many early 110's were built by indiviuals as well as other yards besides the ones listed here.
Once "Dead Ahead" went in the lake, she didn't come out until today, when I retrieved her and brought her back home; end of the 2013 season for us both. It's hard to see from this distance, but I got a solid rubber wheel, roughly the size of a wheelbarrow tire (about 10 inches in diameter), and installed it on an "axle" between the side rails at the front of this trailer. The saying goes something like "if anyone ever saw how they make sausage, no one would ever eat sausage". International 110 #11 shows the first coat of her new paint; not black, true, but not white, either! International 110 #11 is off her trailer, and supported by cross beams on blocks, so that I can flip it over if I need to. I picked up a set of construction lights, which can really throw a lot of light where it's needed, and I put the bandsaw on lockable wheels. Today is "practice using the router day", step .001 in putting the Super Suck bailers into International 110 #11.
In looking at this pic, I guess you'll have to take my word that that's a 110 on a trailer behind a snowblower, but the boat overflow concept, well, that's pretty basic. I have the new trailing edge of the keel in place here, attached on each side by 2 layers of carbon tape at 90 degrees to each other. There is some more work to do on the keel bulb, the front has some gouges and dings (not my doing, this time), and then it'll all need some new paint below the waterline. This boat came from Scituate, some years ago, to the back yard of a fellow traveler, where it sat for a long while, until last Thursday.
Getting boats ready for the 2013 season, here is International 110 #496 getting ready to have her paint touched up. I really was more careful than I needed to be, with the paper guards taped under the touchups, but I did end up with no drips, no runs, no errors!
This boat needed to be at the Nationals in a couple of days, so when it came time to put on the waterline, I was aiming for straight, simple, and quick.
I purposely put the waterline a little high of where the boat actually sits in the water, and it came out fine. It's going to need a little fiberglass work, some paint and filletting, and probably could use a tip-up rudder if I plan on sailing it on our pond (which I do). I took 2 boats down to Mass., for the International 110 Nationals (250 miles, x 4), and I was a little apprehensive about having some sort of trouble while on the road.
This is a photo from last August, and I am fiddling around with it this morning because it has been on my cellphone for a couple of months.
I pulled 496 out of the lake yesterday, and put her back in line to get ready for next year. This photo was taken back at the Nationals in Gloucester, after Phil and Dave finished up the stuff I never got to.
Sam and Mike, on my number 684, sailing out for the Tuneup race of the 2012 International 110 Nationals, which were hosted by Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester, MA. This is International 110 #11, back out into the sun and getting ready for paint, and all the rest. Earlier, my "drop dead" date for #11 having a chance to go to this year's Nationals was that it needed to be in the water in June. I was hoping to have 3+ boats ready for this year's Nationals, but it might be just these two - 714 (foreground) and 496, in the back. In looking at this photo, it looks as if the shop debris is starting to get organized, and may take over in the near future unless I deal "widitt".
A photo from the committee boat, of the start of the second race at last September's Sebec Lake Labor Day Regatta.


Here's the functional version of the thickness gauge at work, measuring the hull thickness at the rust mark just aft of the keel on 714. One point I haven't mentioned is that a bunch of money was spent on this boat to have it faired and painted at Waterline Systems before I got it, and one idea was to do the repair from the inside, and not mar Waterline's work. This is the dirty bottom of International 110 #714, a balsa-cored boat used by Anthony & Oakley to walk away with the 2002 Nationals.
The boat from Hull is stripped of any stuff which would get in the way of sandpaper, microballoons, and paint. Stepping back a bit, to last summer's Labor Day Regatta, here is the cat shot, taken during load-up, before we took the boat over to the lake. Just got back from a roadtrip, to get the keel for International 110 #3 (!!) back mated up with its hull and rig.
It was fun to see the look on Peter's face when I got there, as we hadn't spoken since I left with said hull some months ago. As the story goes, 110 #3, which all these boatparts purport to be, was built by the 110's designer, and so has some value to people who care about that stuff.
Tomales Bay, the home waters of Inverness Yacht Club in Inverness, CA, is known for its big summer breezes comparable to those of the larger San Francisco Bay.
Seven races were completed with one “throw-out” allowing a final point total based on the best six finishes. Next year’s nationals will be held at Eastern Point Yacht Club, a venerable old club in Marblehead, celebrating the class’s 75th Anniversary. The International 110, is a long, narrow, double ended boat, a “one-design” racing sailboat designed in 1939 by C.
The standard rig was changed to a double spreader Selden rig with wire rigging but the triple spreader rig was still an option.
An early interest in boats (or yachts) that travel fast set the tone for the types of boat we have designed at RMYD since 1984. Our goal has always been to design boats for sailors – boats that are built accurately and beautifully, and used well. Adventures in the States, the building of interesting small boats to his designs, and a return visit to South Africa reinforced the decision to pursue design as a profession and on return to the States he enrolled in the Westlawn School of Yacht Design and started learning the mechanics of yacht design in earnest. Rodger then bought a 28 foot sailing boat, ‘Good Hope’ and, with his wife Patricia, went for a yearlong, six thousand mile cruise of the Bahamas, San Blas Islands (Panama), Bay Islands of Honduras, Belize, Mexico and Florida, ending the cruise in Newport, Rhode Island in 1981. In 1984, he was ready to go on his own, and started Rodger Martin Yacht Designs in Newport. In 1994 Ross attended Brown University, majored in Civil Engineering, and raced avidly with the Sailing Team.
After graduating in 1998 Ross worked for Eric Goetz Custom Sailboats in Bristol, Rhode Island and built racing sculls.
At the Landing School, Ross placed emphasis on aesthetics and developed skills to integrate engineering knowledge with boat structural design.
I got a decent laser, marked bow and stern targets, and used the chain falls to hang the boat in the proper plane. That didn't happen, so at least one of the California teams will not have access to a boat. Sailors showed from Midland and Holland, Michigan, Chicago, West Newbury and Bristol, Rhode Island.
Look for the latest information to be posted on the website, with the highlights distributed Monday through Friday in the e-Newsletter. But for those who need your fix of the old Scuttlebutt, you can visit the old site, for a limited time. In 2002, the hull construction was changed to post cure epoxy bringing the boats closer to the design weight.


I did not know when I started this design business in 1984, that it would be the clients – the people I dealt with, that would bring the greatest pleasure. He owned several dinghies and sailed in Durban and Johannesburg, and formed a sailing club at St John’s College.
In breaks between work as a photographer & Second Unit cameraman in the South African film industry (this was before television in South African which came in 1974) he joined yachts rounding the Cape of Good Hope seeking additional crew for that difficult coast.
Rodger then worked at Pedrick Yacht Designs from 1981 to 1984, again becoming Chief Designer.
After learning to sail at summer camp he was hooked, and at 14 built his first boat, a Cape Cod Frosty class racing dinghy.
He incorporated sailing theory into his design projects whenever he could, including a finite-element analysis of a centerboard and a minimum-weight design for a mast. He also expanded his drafting skills from hand drafting to computer-aided design in 2D and 3D.
But, unexpectedly, what didn’t show was the wind for the International 110 Class National Championship Regatta held August 5-8. Though it varied a bit in strength, with an occasional 15 knot gust over the following three days, the wind stayed in the light-to-moderate range, disappointing the expectations of the fleet for a high wind West Coast regatta. First place went to Easterners Ross Weene, skipper, with Eli Slater, crew, on Ragtime out of Bristol, Rhode Island with a total of 10 points over six races. The section of the rudder was also changed (profile remained the same) to give better heavy air control. I have always enjoyed working with experienced owners; and almost by definition, these are owners who cannot find their ‘ideal’ boat in the field of production boats or of used custom boats.
Deciding to adventure further, Rodger then joined a fellow South African who went to England to buy a 43 footer to sail around the World.
Projects included the 88-foot motor yacht, ‘Titania’ for William Ruger, three 75-foot high-speed patrol boats for the U.
Mike’s Class victory in the 1986 BOC Single-handed Around the World Race on “Airco Distributor” gave the new designer the credibility he needed to fulfill his own enduring dreams of designing more boats! Several courses in architectural history and visual art also opened Ross’ eye to the design world. After a summer spent crewing on Tall Ships he began study at the Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design in Kennebunk, Maine. His designs represent an understanding of the important relationship between form and function.
Second place went to John Huff, skipper, with Richard Martin crewing on Glider, out of Chicago, Illinois with 12 points. Our delight is in the design of finely balanced, cleanly designed, responsive boats that are pleasing to all senses. Rather, it is the combination that is made when sailors use boats to achieve their greatest dreams & adventures that provides a deeply satisfying magic to both designer and owner.
He sailed in England in the ’73 Admirals Cup races and then cruised around Europe & the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic. Third place, with 20 points went to local favorite Ann Lewis, skipper, with Sandy Cruth, on Sliver Surfer, from Inverness via Fresno, CA.
It is essential to us that our designs reflect the dreams, demands & ultimate needs of their owners, rather than foisting our preferences on them.
This has been successful in that several of our clients have become life long friends, beyond the relationship forged by the creation of a boat together.



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