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Old 06-14-2013
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Re: Bob Perry's take on Wolfenzee's dream boat

In my defence, I was 28 years old when I drew the cabin trunk for the Valiant 40. It was my second design for grp construction. I didn't know much but I was confident. When I saw the first Valiant 40 deck I thought, "Shitski! Did I draw that?" Then I went back and looked at the drawing and the answer was, "Yes kid. You did draw that." Somebody once called it a "shoe box on a banana". But it served to teach me some very valuable lessons regarding cabon trunk design. I think if you look at the cabin trunks on the Valiant 32 and Valiant 47/50 you can see that I learned quickly.

Ironically, when Valiant decided to add the Esprit to the line as the Valiant 39 (they added a bowsprit) They had me design a new deck for the boat, one with a boxier cabin trunk.

One feature I try to avoid is a cabin trunk forward face that is neither a "ramp" not a step. I prefer a definite step with a near vertyical face
(perpendicular to the sheer at that spot or maybe raked a hair more) or a gentle slope that is easy to walk up. I think I nailed it on the Esprit. Jeff's looks like it would beasy to walk up but just barely. Aesthetically I think I might prefer a chopped off cabin trun forward. Maybe Jeff can do a modified profile and we can take a look at that option. But keep in mind Jeff drew the boat for himself and the way you see it is the way he wanted it. So there,,,,
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