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Re: On design: Crew weight, boat speed and hull design.
I recognized a short time ago that Mills should probably get a bit more credit than Ker for his IRC designs precisely because Mills makes an effort to provide some semblance of a cruising-friendly interior for his boats; Ker makes almost no such effort, but chooses to exploit other aspects of the IRC rule to achieve racing success. Still remember setting foot on Mills' IRC 37 "No Naked Flames" at 2008 Key West Race Week and being shocked by how comfortable it was down below, in contrast to its very racy (and sexy) exterior. The Swan 42s were there that year and looked sluggish by comparison.
NA do what clients want regarding the interior of a boat. The Designer regarding the interior only give a general plan. Interiors of boats today, if quality is desired are designed by designers specialized in interiors. It is the owner of the boat if it is an one off, or the builder that determines that as well as the target market of the boat: If more for racing with a worse and more naked interior or with more quality and more agreeable for cruising interior.
In fact today we are seeing a clear tendency to a boat to be designed by a team of experts and not only an Architect like in the old days. Even only in what regards the sailing part of a boat sometimes you have the NA, that leads the team, a specialist in hydro dynamics and a specialist in rigging. Most of the times the specialist in interior design works directly with the builder and not with the NA. The builder that knows better the market wants to have complete control of that sector.
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