Sam has long been mesmerized by the photographic beauty of Greenland. Two years ago he treated himself to a high quality camera and a chartered boat to trip her shores. His creative juices were fired up after experiencing Greenland’s beauty first-hand and he thought “could I design a boat that could get me from the shores of Olympia, Washington to the Greenland coast?” Oso Blanco (literally “white bear” in Spanish} became the result. A 54 foot motorsailor that could provide a small footprint on the water with its long and narrow design. There would be a gunnel to gunnel master’s cabin aft, a generous bridgedeck in the center, and crews quarters forward. The sailing rig would help steady the boat and increase the range with both sails and engine working together. It would be a sturdy and sea-kindly vessel providing a wonderful platform from which to photograph and study the arctic shores and wildlife.
If the Arctic crossing wasn’t in the cards Oso Blanco could take you from the West Coast to the Panama Canal and through the Caribbean and up the East Coast to Greenland from the South. Then from there to Iceland and from Iceland to Europe and the canals where you could lower the tabernacle masts for a low profile. Could this dream become a reality?
We are offering Sam’s thoughts on Oso Blanco in a 3 page article included with 2 drawings, profile and accommodations. Study Plans available here.
Length over all 57’3″ 17.35 m Displacement 43,000 lbs. 19,504 kg
Beam 12’10” 3.9 m Sail Area 770 sq. ft. 71.5 sq. m
Draft 4’6″ 1.35 m Up to 150 hp. Diesel Inboard