Originally Posted by oregonian
Your response was expected. You chose to show everyone the "first built" year. Not the "Design" year.(...)
Yes. I fully endorse your comment. I have some aside thoughts below.
Some designs are faster than others. In my eye, the historical age of the design matters at least as much as the aim of the design. Long before W32 people designed boats much faster than W32. Long after W32 people will design boats much slower than W32.
And why will this be. Perhaps designers are trying to design boats for the job at hand. Meaning: Atkin would have designed a much different boat, if he wanted to win races in her. I think he designed W32 to what he believed to be the best choice of shapes and dimensions to do the job (and I assume the job he had in mind was a seaworthy
If you look at some of Dick Zaal designs (I believe this guy is still alive) you will find lovely heavy W32 style double-enders on one vane and sleek racing
machines on the other.
So to say, the age of the design counts and perhaps the aim of the design counts twice as much.