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Sparkman & Stephens Loki Class 1954



Sparkman & Stephens Loki Class 1954

Designer Sparkman & Stephens
Builder Abeking & Rasmussen
Date 1954
Length overall 38 ft 1 in / 11.6 m
Length deck 38 ft 1 in / 11.6 m
Length waterline 25 ft 11 in / 7.9 m
Beam 9 ft 10 in / 3 m
Draft 5 ft 7 in / 1.7 m
Displacement 8.4 Tonnes
Construction Mahogany planking on oak frames
Engine Westerbeke 33 HP Diesel
Location France
Price EUR 97,500

These details are provisional and may be amended



It is not perhaps surprising a fast and beautiful 38 ft S&S design from the1940s became popular enough to become a Class in its own right - PANGUR BAN is refreshingly original and much loved in this ownership - she wins races and she cruises comfortably.

A Loki Class is why we go sailing - timeless beauty yes but balanced with incredible functionality - no fuss and so willing - she will make you smile.


Historical notes

Some dozen plus boats in this distinctive and popular class of S&S yawls were built; the first two LOKI and CHANCE in the USA – and believed still sailing. The majority were built in Germany either by H Heidtmann in Hamburg – or as in the case of PANGUR BAN by Abeking and Rasmussen - and both yards of renowned quality. The Loki class engendered a particular feeling in Olin Stephens to the extent he included it in his book “Lines” and we take the liberty of quoting the section verbatim:

“Loki is one of our custom designs whose basic lines have been used for a number sister ships, possibly six. The original boat was beautifully built of wood in in 1947 by Albert Lemos for a client who wished to cruise at sea with a small crew in a handy boat that was a smart sailer. As such, Loki became one of our smaller long distance/racers. Both Loki and several sisters have made long cruises in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Loki won her class in the I950 Bermuda race and others of the class have been successful in racing under various rules. If Loki's lines are in any way exceptional, it is primarily in her generous D/L ratio of 472, which to my recollection is the highest among S&S designs. The shape and balance of the ends seems normal and characteristic of our lines in general. She steers with a tiller and under power she is driven by a propeller in an aperture between deadwood and rudder. The yawl rig was chosen for ease of handling and shortening sail. The fractional head rig goes to about main mast height, although some of the later boats were built with masthead rigs. The accommodations provide a galley and icebox / chart table aft, a main cabin with transom berths amidships, and V berths in the forward stateroom.”



- Mahogany planking fastened mainly with bronze fastenings on sawn oak frames
- Oak keel and floors
- Lead ballast keel, bronze bolts
- Epoxy laminated non slip ply deck over mahogany deck beams
- Mahogany superstructure


Deck layout, equipment and ground tackle

From aft
- Bronze and stainless steel deck fittings
- Stainless steel pushpit, stanchions in bronze bases each side forward with 2 stainless steel guard rails
- Sternlight offset to stbd Fairleads each side on toe rail
- Mooring cleats each side on deck
- Varnished raised lazarette hatch
- Raised cockpit coaming
- 2 x Cowl vents
- Mizzen mast with Lewmar 40 bronze halyard winch and boom
- Bronze main sail track and block
- Long deep self draining cockpit
- Engine controls stbd and gauges to port
- Seating at deck level
- Tiller steering
- Large hatches under each side
- Stainless steel foresail tracks outboard on rail
- 2 x Lewmar 46 bronze ST primary winches on pedestals outboard
- 2 x Lewmar 40 bronze ST secondary winches on pedestals outboard
- Bridge deck
- Raised trunk cabin with port hole and nav instrument repeaters in aft bulkhead
- 4 x Windows in trunk cabin each side
- Board and varnished sliding hatch offset to stbd
- Varnished teak handrails running up each side
- Lifting skylight hatch on centreline
- Main mast with 3 x halyard winches and spinnaker track on leading edge
- Equipment boxes each side
- Raised teak and reinforced fore hatch in trunk cabin
- Bronze vent in fore deck
- 2 x Bronze mooring cleats
- Heavy main anchor, 20 m chain and 40 m rope (+ light stainless kedge anchor)
- Bronze pulpit
- Bronze fairleads and bow fitting


Accommodation and domestic equipment

- Sliding hatch, washboard and companionway steps down over engine casing

Galley to port
- Work surface and stainless steel sink aft
- Bronze salt water pump and tap
- Bronze fresh water tap
- 3 Burner gas hob to port, stowage aft and under
- Large double access ice box opposite to stbd

Saloon amidships
- White painted deckhead contrasting with varnished beams
- Single berth to port
- Single berth to stbd
- Pilot berth up and outboard to stbd
- Table
- Cabin heater on fwd bulkhead
- Corridor fwd by mast
- Head to port with Jabsco manual WC and wash basin
- Hanging cupboard to port

- Single Vee berths
- Stowage under
- Hatch in trunk cabin over
- Chain open locker fwd


Rig, spars and sails

Yawl rig
- Sitka spruce masts and booms with bronze fittings
- Spinnaker pole stowed on deck to port
- Stainless steel standing rigging
- Synthetic running rigging
- Main sail 2017
- Genoa 2012
- #1 Jib 2016
- Solent type jib 2008
- Mizzen sail 2008
- Spinnaker 2009


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Westerbeke 33 HP Diesel engine
- Direct drive shaft to bronze fixed blade propeller
- Alternator and charger 22 V and 12 V
- Stainless steel 5 litre fuel tank
- Metal 100 litre fresh water tank
- 2 x Gas bottles


Navigation, communications and electronics

- 2 x GPS, one of which with chart display
- Raymarine ST 70
- VHF with AIS
- Sailor radio
- Autopilot acting on tiller



Equipped for offshore sailing
- Life raft 2017
- 2 x Manual bilge pumps – one in cockpit
- Auto electric bilge pump
- Horseshoe life ring


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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