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Re: Bob Perry's take on Wolfenzee's dream boat
My point was I think the opposite. The clipper bow profile was seen as aesthetically acceptable for probably the reason you cite, i.e. the speed of the clipper ships. Good call on that. It handn't occurred to me. It was the spoon bow that the old timers saw as ugly. Funny in that we see a spoon bow like a Concordfia yawl and to my eye at least it looks beautiful.
I do agree with you. And in case anyone thinks this might be some local abberation specific to Archer's part of the world, FWIW here's a couple of examples I see on a regular basis:
(1897) - The full-keel clipper-bowed Fife after which the "Sayonara Cup" was named:
(1905) - A spoon-bowed Logan design with cutaway forefoot, specifically built for and winner of the 1907 Sayonara Cup:
So there's the transition: From full-keel clipper-bow in 1897 to spoon-bowed "modern" racer not 10 years later! ..and right through the 20's and 30's a clipper-bowed yacht was never again the winner of the Sayonara Cup.
I guess at that stage the old timers were left sitting on the spectator boats sucking on their falsies... Heady times they were for yacht design.
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"
Last edited by Classic30; 06-14-2013 at 01:49 AM.