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Old 14-03-2011, 16:11   #46
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Re: Form or Function, what Ruled Your Boat-Buying Criteria ?

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porta potty with a mast isnt a functioning anything--
At any rate, it'd be very uncomfortable if you were to enforce the 'be seated' rule.
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Old 14-03-2011, 16:22   #47
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I am sure someone loves this boat.
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Old 14-03-2011, 17:42   #48
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Re: Form or Function, what Ruled Your Boat-Buying Criteria ?

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I have been looking for a while and have seen some boats that I, personally, consider to be hideous. They often leave me wondering what was the design criteria for such a difficult to swallow form to hit the water?
Like what? Any examples of the boats you found hideous?

I think, for a marina queen, the form rules.

For a working boat, the function rules.

Luckily enough, one can build an aesthetically pleasing boat around a functional core.

Personally, I hate 100% functional / ugly boats.

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Old 14-03-2011, 18:03   #49
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Re: Form or Function, what Ruled Your Boat-Buying Criteria ?

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Like what? Any examples of the boats you found hideous?

I think, for a marina queen, the form rules.

For a working boat, the function rules.

Luckily enough, one can build an aesthetically pleasing boat around a functional core.

Personally, I hate 100% functional / ugly boats.

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I don't know that I would name them simply because i would offend and that is not the purpose.

At the end of the day the boats may only be hideous to the uneducated like me but beautiful to the owners
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Re: Form or Function, what Ruled Your Boat-Buying Criteria ?

Yes, to a significant degree beauty is in the eye of the beholder. On the other hand, esthetics may not be completely subjective. While standards change from time to time (consider the more rotund female form that was generally considered ideal a couple of centuries ago), there may be some constants. In terms of sailboat design (if not necessarily the female form), let me propose the following:

1. Balance. A design should have balance between the various elements of its design - ie, length, freeboard, height of coachouse, overhangs, etc. in order to avoid appearing top-heavy, or squat, or fat, or too slender, or...
2. Sensuous curves rather than excessive angularity seems more 'organic' and in better harmony with the natural environment that a sailboat must not only survive in, but make use of.
3. Where possible, angles should be consistent (or at least complimentary) throughout in order to maintain some 'flow' and some degree of 'symmetry' in the design. For fear of offending I don't wish to single out any particular sailboat designs, but in the world of automobiles I think the Pontiac Aztec is an example of a design which went wrong because of offending this 'rule'.

Are symmetry and balance (and sensous curves) purely subjective preferences? Perhaps, but many of these same attributes are also considered important in assessing attractiveness in the opposite sex (and therefore in the process of selective breeding). What is more, studies have indicated that the greater the symmetry in the human form, the healthier the individual is likely to be.

In my opinion, while function should be the over-riding consideration in the design of any boat, there are nevertheless ways in which a 'practical' design can be made more or less attractive. Furthermore, just as there are ways in which clothing patterns and colours can mask elements of a less than ideal figure, the naval architect can also mask elements of a yachts design to make them more esthetically pleasing - eg. to reduce the visual impact of high freeboard with a wide sheer stripe. Simply put, the good naval architect strives for function, but does not overlook form.

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Re: Form or Function, what Ruled Your Boat-Buying Criteria ?

*Took me years to figure out what I wanted.

* Once I knew I started looking at lots of Boats and made offers.

*Finally a offer was accepted, so I travelled to the Carribean to buy the Boat. After paying for Airfares, Hotel, houlout and Surveyor and thanks to an ureasonable Seller, went home empty handet.

* Two weeks later found a much better and larger Yacht on the Internet. Boat located only 60 minutes from home. The moment I saw her I loved her. Took me 30 minutes to make my offer. No more Survey and houlout.
Everything is better as expected.

Am I happy, you bet.
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Re: Form or Function, what Ruled Your Boat-Buying Criteria ?

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this is the best this deck barge will ever look

It's an extreme case of function leading form, but noone loves it, it simply exists on a spreadsheet as an item to pay depreciation on. If it can't pay for itself it will be dealt with.
This is not how we look at our sailboats.
I think with a bit of imagination (and money)... this could be improved upon

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