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Paine, Frank Cabot (1890 - 1952) USA

Category: DESIGNERS

Frank C Paine, born on July 9, 1890, Boston, Mass, was the son of General Charles J Paine of Boston, a three times owner of the successful America’s Cup defenders for the New York Yacht Club, “Puritan” in 1885 (as part of a syndicate) and later “Mayflower” (1886) and “Volunteer” (1887). He was brought up in the world of yachts and was younger brother to an amateur yacht designer John Paine, who had designed ‘Jubilee’ for a Boston based syndicate ....

... for the 1893 defense when ‘Vigilant’ was selected by the New York Yacht Club. Frank went on to become one of the most important designers during the first half of the twentieth century. He worked alongside designers such as William Starling Burgess, and L Francis Herreshoff (son of Nathanial G Herreshoff). Frank C Paine became President of builders George Lawley and Son for many years.

Frank C Paine subsequently was famous for the design of Yankee (originally an J class sloop), which launched in 1930 and was the beamiest of her contemporaries. A subsequent major refit for the 1934 Defender Trials at the yard of George Lawley and Son altered Yankee’s forward and mid sections to optimise her for light to medium weather, which provided a marked improvement to her boatspeed. After that conversion, Yankee became a very successful contender, owned by Gerard Lambert who also owned the schooner Atlantic. Frank Paine had designed three Super Js for the 1937 America’s Cup, most probably for Mr. Lambert.

Frank C Paine passed away October 28, 1952, at the Deaconess Hospital, Brookline, Mass. The plan ?le and the unmounted half models were kindly given by Mrs. Paine to the Hart Nautical Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Evers Burtner, curator. It is the intention to display some of the models and drawings in the museum at times and to make plans available for study by students in the department and by special arrangement to yachtsmen who have owned a boat.

Mr. Paine designed some very successful racing and cruising yachts including the J sloop Yankee, the M sloop Good Hope, the Eight Meter sloops Armida, Amethyst, Balek and Cayuga, the Q sloops Norn, Cara Mia and Falcon, the sloop Highland Light, the schooner Gertrude L. Thebaud, as well as the R sloop Gypsy and the cruising cutter Gypsy which he raced himself, to name a few.

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