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Navy 44 MK II Sail Training Craft
for United States Naval Academy


Pedrick Yacht Design (larger view)

Update – August 2007

The first of 24 Sail Training Craft for the United States Naval Academy was launched on the morning of July 30 2007. Immediately following the launch the stepping of the mast took place and in water checks were completed to verify the integrity of the hull fittings.

Extensive builder’s trials commenced on July 31 and will cover all parts and equipment (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, deck hardware and spars) fitted to the STC. Following builders trials the craft will be presented to The United States Naval Academy for acceptance trials. The trials will span a three week period.

David Lake Yachting Projects will manage all aspects of the builders and acceptance trials on behalf of Pearson Composites. The acceptance of hull number one is expected to be mid September 2007.

In addition to managing the trials process David Lake Yachting Projects is responsible for the management of the contract including specification compliance, schedule reporting, design review and interpretation and maintaining overall communications and co ordination with senior officers and officials at the United States Naval Academy, various government agencies, and Pearson Composites.

Update – April 2007

The new sail training craft STC 44 for the United States Naval Academy is in full production with five hulls under construction at present.

Hull number one is in the final fit-out phase with sailing trials scheduled to commence within five weeks. Extensive trial agendas have been submitted to and approved by the United States Naval Academy. The trials will span a three week period and represent the most significant part of the contract – acceptance of the first craft.

Hulls two through five are in various stages of completion with hull number two eight weeks from delivery to the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Hull number five is scheduled to be removed form the mold in two weeks.

David Lake Yachting Projects has been contracted by Pearson Composites LLC to manage all aspects of this United States Government contract.

The management of the contract includes specification compliance, thorough scheduled reporting, design review and interpretation, and maintaining overall communications and co ordination with senior officers and officials at the United States Naval Academy, various government agencies, and Pearson Composites.

Introduction – January 2007

Following the very successful J/65 build program David Lake Yachting Projects LLC was contracted by Pearson Composites LLC to manage the contract for the Navy 44 MKII Sail Training Craft currently under construction at Pearson Composites in Warren, Rhode Island.

Construction of the STC MK II commenced in December 2005 and will continue through to August of 2007. A total of 24 Sail Training Craft will be delivered to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.

David Lake Yachting Projects will manage all facets of the build, delivery, sailing trials and acceptance phases of this program as it relates to the contract between Pearson Composites and the United States Navy. This represents the first United States Government contract to be managed by David Lake Yachting Projects and will allow Pearson Composites to focus on the construction aspects of the STC.

Project Description

The NAVY MK II is the latest generation of offshore cruiser/racers to be authorized by the Congress for training midshipmen. The various NAVY 44 designs have proven to be very successful designs, being seaworthy, strong, and stable in the worst weather; fast and comfortable and with the rig and interior arrangement planned to meet the single minded objective of midshipmen training. They have provided generations of midshipmen a professional appreciation for wind, wave, weather, command responsibility, and introduced them to the pleasure and excitement of going to sea under sail. The NAVY 44 MK II design has been completed by Pedrick Yacht Design and is currently under construction at Pearson Composites.

The Sail Training Craft are used approximately 250 days a year, crewed by midshipmen, many of whom have limited experience as sailors. In addition to the midshipmen either one or two officers will form the crew for training and yacht racing exercises.

The construction of the hull and deck will be built using Scrimp technology utilizing, E-glass, CoreCell laminate and Derakane epoxy vinylester resin. Carbon fiber is used for the chain plates, floor grid and deck beams. The designed service life of the Sail Training Craft is 20 years.