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Old 13-03-2011, 16:41   #16
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Re: Form or function, what ruled your boat buying criteria

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This is at the cornerstone of the design remit for my boat.
Im a firm believer in evolution and at its heart is the key of form and function.

When attempting to design perfection into such a small space, frivolity cannot be alowed to rule, functionability is paramount, but to make it kinder to the human eye, we temper it with form.

Science meets art and their offspring is form and function
Nicely put. If function didn't follow form to some degree I don't think we'd have gorgeous wood interiors in boats and in factr some modern boats have too much plastic for my eye.
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Old 13-03-2011, 16:45   #17
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Re: Form or Function, what Ruled Your Boat-Buying Criteria ?

8i always learned form follows function. i willkeep that.
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Re: Form or Function, what Ruled Your Boat-Buying Criteria ?

I don't know, I find that if something looks like a porta pottie with a mast it usually sails like one too.
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I don't know, I find that if something looks like a porta pottie with a mast it usually sails like one too.
porta potty with a mast isnt a functioning anything--
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Lifting the skirt first can save a lot of trouble in the long run huh?
If ya don't you'll be playing The Crying Game. (1992)

That said, my dad told me there was never a good reason to own an ugly boat.
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Old 13-03-2011, 17:31   #21
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We looked at 100's of boats over two years. My wife stepped on this one and within 2 minutes said, "This is the one I want."

Some female bonding thing I don't question.
Hey, same thing happened to us when we bought our last boat. Wonderblond's actual words were, "I could live on this one."

I wrote a check about an hour later.
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Re: Form or Function, what Ruled Your Boat-Buying Criteria ?

You can have both without compromise...as far as all boats are without compromise!
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That said, my dad told me there was never a good reason to own an ugly boat.
My dad said the same thing. But he owned an El Torro.
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Re: Form or Function, what Ruled Your Boat-Buying Criteria ?

so who owns an ugly boat????
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so who owns an ugly boat????
Exactly... its all in the eye of the beholder...
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. . . So what rules your decision making making process, form or function, ultimately I know both must play a part but what rules? . . .
Assuming that "form" is primarily how the boat looks from the outside and "function" is how the boat fulfills the requirements of the person living on/in it.
- - So "function" would be the first determinant for a live-aboard cruiser. Can you live in this boat and get from destination "A" to destination "B" safely and somewhat comfortably? When at your destination can you "live" on the boat comfortably or are you always climbing over or under obstructions and ill-placed parts of the boat?
- - "Form" I would hazard is the first parameter for the pure "sailor" who is primarily concerned that the boat looks "sexy" and sleek and impresses when sailed smartly across a race finish line. What is inside the boat, except for the weight of the stuff, the pure sailor could care less about.
- - So you have to decide what is your "purpose" for the boat and how much time you are going to be living on/in it. It the answer is a live-aboard cruising boat then "function" is your first requirement. Which is why there are some really butt-ugly boats out there cruising - but they are fabulous live-aboards and ocean-crossing friendly.
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Re: Form or Function, what Ruled Your Boat-Buying Criteria ?

I got my current boat for it's layout; cockpit space for sailing and hanging out in, deck layout for being ble to move around, and below decks layout for living comfort.

I don't know whether that would be considered form or function.
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Re: Form or Function, what Ruled Your Boat-Buying Criteria ?

How's about people posting pictures of ugly boats? For those with ugly boats, what is so endearing about them?

My boat is as handsome as Ernest Borgnine. Some would think that ugly, I think. But I like the boat's "can do" appearance as well as it functionality (port/starboard pilothouse doors, 360-degree deck and visibility from pilothouse, keel-protected propeller/rudder, strong hull, and so on).

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so who owns an ugly boat????
Thanks for asking, how's about these?

There's just no reason for this kind of thing on that otherwise fine multi.

In the larger scheme of things, does it REALLY matter that your dink is made out of JUST one sheet of plywood?

WTF?
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Pity the man who owns an ugly boat, can he then ever love her?
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