Originally Posted by Eleuthera 2014
Personal opinion follows....
What about the RAF?? (Row Away Factor)
Can this boat ever leave you with a smile on your face as you depart in your dink?? (Poor thing took ugly pills for breakfast)
I think I know what you mean, and I take your comment in good spirit.
There are boats that I see that make me want to row over to them (and sail them or own them). And a few make me cringe when I see them, but those are very rare.
Of course I have heard the same or similar said about the Amel boats ("Amels look like they were hit with an ugly stick" etc.). While I like the Amel Maramu (and similar) styling, obviously many other sailors do not and some consider them ugly. Someone French might say: "à chacun son goût" (To each his own taste.)
Of course I also consider a maxim: "Never question a man's choice of home, wife, or dog..." to which I add "...and boat."
Regarding the Colvin Gazelle.
I admit it is a boat that does not have the look of a CCA boat with smooth lines and graceful overhangs.
At first, I did not like their look or styling either. I thought them ugly too. But, with time and some reading about their place in the world of sailboats (many are amateur built, many have gone on long voyages or circumnavigated, most are built of a metal), I began to appreciate them for their own qualities and design. I have come to admire them for their OWN look and their practical rig (junk rig) and their success as a cruiser.
So, now I see them like I see some dog breeds that may not look "pretty" to most, but may be admired for some other qualities, even if most people might consider them ugly at first site.
A little more about the Colvin boats:
My Suggestion to those who do not know about Thomas Colvin (boat designer): visit the Colvin website and read a bit there about the designer
(he lived aboard his junk rigged boat and cruised with his family
for 16 years) and his views of metals for boats and rigs and desirable characteristics. Colvin Site Index
I will post a few photos of other Colvin Gazelles I have collected. Most are 42 LOD (with LOA
about 56). I think seeing them under sail is the best way to appreciate the total boat (as the Junk Rig is such an important element of the total boat design). To my eye, they look nice under sail. Distinctive, salty, and even somewhat graceful for a "junk" styled boat.
The photos that follow are not all of the boat I linked before. These are same Gazelle design and size and ONE of the photo
(the boat on hard) shows the boat I linked earlier.