Originally Posted by Blue Crab
Cap, I had a quickie with Mrs Google
and didn't come up with much on Leighton Yachts. Did I misspell something?
William Garden was one of yer mentors? He died a couple of years ago as you know. Did you work for him as a draftsman or ???
I'm jes askin': What are yer bonafides
I ask cuz most anyone can design a boat: A buddy of mine (I'll leave him nameless), studied NA with Westlawn in the early 80s, as I recall
, and designed a 20 fter. We built a cedar strip plug that I sailed to the Tortugas from Miami
. The second worst trip I ever had. Outbound was OK but against the wind
homeward was a different story. I was over canvassed and under-ballasted. And ran outa water
cuz it took me OH SO EFFING LONG to sail home as indicated. Beer
was a distant memory.
The two boats we pulled off the plug were modified bigtime, and one went out to the Caribe and back.
Be a real shame to put all the time and dough into something that didn't work well.
Please direct me to yer website. I am here to learn.
Thanks for the interest.
I also took the design course in the early eighties, but just for designing and building my own boats. in college I studied mechanical engineering and composite laminate design and went to work for Boeing. So unfortunately I didn't pursue yacht design as a profession. Yacht design is kind of like being a musician, you either become one of the stars and make money
, or you just do it for the love of it.
I don't have a published web site yet as all my yacht designs have only been for my own purpose and not as a business. Maybe I could do that in the future If I spend more time at it
So far I have designed and built several sailboats and motor
yachts that have done well. but of course some of my first tries were very similar to your story, they didn't sail well and in fact I wrecked my first 21 foot racer
I built when I was 14 so sad... but learned a lot and never gave up.
I met William Garden a few times in the past and have been a long time studier of his work, but I never have worked for him. He was a very private person and was hard to get ahold of especially in the last 10 years of his life.
BTW Donald McKay was the famous clipper ship builder
that designed and built most of the extreme clippers of the 1850's during the gold rush. His ships broke all the speed records of the time and were unbroken for 135 years until finally "Thursdays Child" broke the record
in 1989. And the Clipper "Flying Cloud" that held the record
in 1951 did it with a broken foremast and putting into port in south America
for 14 days.
The were the stories that inspired me as a child to build my own yacht and sail the oceans of the world.