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Old 22-05-2020, 02:48   #1
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Who's you favorite yacht architect?

I don't like modern yachts with their bow spits, fin keels and dagger board rudder.. I reckon Sparkman and Stephens take a lot of beating





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Old 22-05-2020, 03:08   #2
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Re: Who's you favorite yacht architect?

If your bow is spitting maybe get that looked at<g>.

I agree about high aspect spade rudders. They give me the willys. But a fin keel is not controversial in my view. Now, if we speak about rusty iron high aspect keels with bulbs at the end then those also give me pause. Full keels are not a good solution in my experience.

I think my boat’s undercarriage is pretty much perfect. Strong lead fin keel, big skeg hung rudder with prop well protected between the keel and rudder.

Bow entry is smooth and almost never pounds into waves from all angles. As the wind picks up, the displacement moves forward as it should. Nothing immediately below the bow pulpit so dropping and raising anchor is dead simple.

The topsides aren’t pretty or fashionable. Like an iceberg, the real beauty is 90% underwater.

One example: https://www.sail-world.com/news/2188...uda-Race-day-7
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Old 22-05-2020, 03:42   #3
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If your bow is spitting maybe get that looked at<g>.

Thanks for that. I quickly typed bowspit and google didn't like it so I changed it to bow spit (I now see my error)


They give me the willys

Do you mean "willies"?
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OP's boats are pretty
Bill Tripp Jr is a fave- Mercer 44 is a beauty and I am partial to centerboarders.

Some S/S race boats as above.


Not what I would choose to own however.
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Old 22-05-2020, 03:54   #5
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transmitterdan The Valiant 42 looks fine (The canoe stern is a nice touch). But I'm not wrapped in the exposed prop (I worry about fishing rope lines).
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OP's boats are pretty
Bill Tripp Jr is a fave- Mercer 44 is a beauty and I am partial to centerboarders.

Some S/S race boats as above.


Not what I would choose to own however.

OP's boats are pretty. ???



The Mercer 44 is very pretty
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Old 22-05-2020, 06:46   #7
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Best ever. Bill Lapworth. Designed the Cal Boats. Like my Cal Cruising 46 launched in 1967 and mine since 1982. We lived aboard and cruised 1988 to 2005. She is still at our dock on Bayou Chico, FL.


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Old 22-05-2020, 07:28   #8
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For the very specialized kind of boats he designed, Henrie Amel.

He was amazingly creative in structural design, materials, construction techniques and systems, and appropriately conservative in hull and rig design.

You might decide you like his visual style, or not. But if form follows function, these are very beautiful boats.

"No boat is perfect for everybody, and no boat is perfect for anybody. All boats are compromises."
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So many.
Many of the S&S architects.
Ted Hood
Bob Perry
Yves Marie Tanton.
Tanton 44 (see my avatar) Kind of a sleek Valiant 40 canoe!
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German Frers.
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Oh, come now, Chris White!

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Philippe Briand. He designed the Jeanneau 509/519 monohull which is pitch perfect in every way.
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Definitely German Frers.
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L. Francis Herreshoff. And his philosophy- the Thoreau of the marine world.
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