Just joined the forum. Great stuff.
I have followed this thread with great interest and just a couple of notes regarding Art Piver and Norm Cross. I worked for Art as a teenager after school
in Mill Valley building his prototype boats from 16' to 45'. Art was quite a character and was very opinionated from his aeronautical and engineering background on his designs. He did NOT believe in motors and he could sail anything into the marina without one. That was my first sailing lesson! He put in motor
wells for people that didn't know how to sail. We build the hulls in his side yard up on a hill in Mill Valley and then had them taken down the hill by professional movers (what a sight and blocked traffic for hours) to where we assembled them together in Sausalito. You are correct that not much of the prototypes interiors were completed. If they were ready to float with rigging
then it was time to test. And we took them out in some of the worst weather
the north coast could throw at us. We purposely attempted to flip and pitchpole them (exciting ride) which is something to experience on a 45 ft boat. He wanted the hulls to act like a jet engine aerodynamically. pushing the boat from the compression
between the hulls. We cut up one 45' design (one of his last) four times because he didn't like the look. He believed that the laminated plywood
box beam construction was extremely strong and continually tested it. Never saw it fail in our testing. His intention was for the "floats" to carry lots of provisions and/or be a cabin
in the larger designs. He and Norm were friends but disagreed on design. having sailed with both of them Norm did have some tweaks that made a lot of sense. I like Norm's designs from a aesthetic point of view much better than Arts'. but Art pioneered the modern Tri and is so noted in the Maritime Museum as the father of the modern multihull
. Remember that these designs were from the 60's and were considered pretty advanced and radical then. We were "weird" for sailing them but then again we fit into the Sausalito houseboat crowd very well. Art was a blast to be around. I asked him one time why the boat business and he replied that Piver rhymed with Diver so it was meant to be.
My first boat was the original 16' "Frolic" that Art gave me when I was about 15. I lost
the rudder one day in Richardson bay and had to anchor
it out off of Tiburon. Art brought me a anchor
and then drove off yelling "that's life in the boat business" laughing.. Long walk home !!.. I had no idea back then what a special time that really was with a very special man. I was to go on a trip with him after the race
he was qualifying for when he was lost
It was in 68 as I remember that he was lost. It was on a borrowed "Nimble" that was very poorly constructed. (Not by him) . But he could sail anything (at least in his mind). Of course I always wondered if he just didn't keep going and spent the rest of his life in warm water. He sure talked about it alot.. He also respected Jim Brown but didn't like him at all. Didn't like his designs. I never had the chance to sailon one of Jim's designs.
As for now. I am trying a keel
boat. A CAL
25 that I am puttering with. Miss the multihull
though even it it does not point as high.