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Jay R Benford Design (http://www.benford.us/) "Mercedes 35ft Double Ender Cutter" (Plan No 51) Built by owner between work commitments (1977-1983). Design displacement 10.6 tons with 4 tons of internal ballast. Construction, fibreglass (CFlex and Unidirectional rovings) hull, Brynzeel plywood bulkheads, teak deck. Original Mercedes 35hp OM636 engine replaced with Yanmar 4JH2E 52hp engine in 1996. The original interior layout was modified (approved by Benford) to include two double berths in separate cabins for'd and aft, with a large central saloon for'd of a galley to starboard and head to port. A navigation area was located to starboard of the main companion way hatch which was offset starboard of centreline to accommodate the aft cabin to port. The rig adopted was a deck stepped double spreader anodized and painted 43ft aluminium mast (Miura section) supported by single forestay, inner-forestay, double back-stays, full length cap and lower shrouds and intermediate backstays. This standing rigging was 8mm and 7mm 7x19 316 stainless steel with Gibb bottle-screws. The main boom was also anodized and painted aluminium with in-boom outhaul and three reefing jam cleats. One halyard and reefing winch were mounted on the mast with other halyard and sheeting winches mounted in the cockpit. All the rig with standing and running rigging was supplied by Bellamy Masts, Cape Town. The bowsprit was extended in length to allow for a uniform slot between jib and staysail. A summary of the evolution from plans to reality are presented in the Construction section.

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Jay R Benford 35ft Double ender Mercedes designOriginal design drawings Star of the West Specs Completed specifications