Papillon Bleu
S&S 34 Now For Sale

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Sparkman & Stephens 34

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Papillon Bleu - Built 1976 - my baby Swan!!
Probably the last built in Europe

Click here to see details of the refit, 2004

Click here to see results of refit 2007

Click here to view boat registration

    "This is one of the most recent designs from the Stephens' drawing board for series production in G.R.P." Commenting on the design Olin Stephens says: "We hope and believe that the S. & S. 34 will make a good all-round boat, so as to demonstrate in a fairly small package that a good boat for offshore racing will be also a good boat for cruising".


    Cruising and ocean racing have been linked since the first R.O.R.C. ocean race, the Fastnet in 1925, when the seven starters were, of course, cruising yachts of the period. Over the years since then yachts have been designed and built, purporting to be solely for ocean racing, but mostly making varying concessions to cruising sailing, and these have come to be described as "cruiser / racers". This type was, with the introduction of G.R.P. and series production, gradually developed into a very refined product of which the S. & S. 34 is an excellent example.




Chart table Galley

    The Galley is neat and functional and the navigator has his own corner, but may complain that the chart table is not full size, tough!. The forecabin has a split double berth which lifts to give access to bins which are useful for cruising inventory.

    The isometric hull lines, elevation and plan give a very good skeleton shape of the hull, the canoe body is drawn well out into the after end, the forebody shallow with a pinched-in deck line in plan view, throwing the maximum beam well aft of amidships. The displacement is moderate at a ratio of 315, the fin is most interesting in that compared to other Sparkman and Stephens' designs the leading edge profile is more pronounced, especially in way of the toe.
Modified from original text, 1976.

Hull shape

    The S. & S. 34 is one of Sparkman & Stephens most outstanding designs. As well as being a race winner, it is an extremely good cruising yacht, capable of going anywhere and withstanding the toughest of weather conditions. The yacht is very stiff and the ride most comfortable. Sailing on any point of the wind is pure enjoyment.

Blakes heads are a delight!!

Saloon and below deck arrangements are well planned and spacious. Shipwrights joinery is in teak. Building is to Lloyds 100 + A1.


 LOA 33'7" 10.17 meters
 LWL 24'2" 7.51 meters
 Beam 10'1" 3.07 meters
 Draught 5'10" 1.78 meters
 Ballast 5462 lb of lead 2483 kg
 Displacement 9195 lb 4180 kg
 Sail area 650 sq. ft. 60.42 sq. meters 

 Mainsail  UK Halsey new 2009
 No 1 furling Hood
 No 2 furling Hood
 Storm Westaway 86

 Moored: Dittisham, Dartmouth, UK
 Furling Headsail
 Moderate Inventory
 Full B & G Instrument Panel
    (in need of service)
 Self Tailing Barlow Sheet Winches
 RORC Sail No. K490
 Portsmouth No. 99
 RORC rated 1984 22.2 feet 
 DOI Registered No. 389506 Dartmouth 1981
 Built 1976


    A new Yanmar saildrive diesel engine was fitted in 1995 - this is a great space saving feature, but always wondering about the rubber seal!





Click here to see details of the major refit, 2003/4.

Click here to see results of refit 2007





Happy to make contact with like-minded S&S34 enthusiasts.
Paul Church
Tel: 01803 847812
Mob: 07824 808214







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