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Old 01-24-2014
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Thanks Out. I appreciate your kind comment.

When I was 15 years old I would start the day with a huge bowl of cornflakes. I would cover the top with .5" of white sugar. I would get out my files of Bill Garden and Phil Rhodes design and eat my cereal while going through the designs. I would usually eat around three bowls of cereal before I was done. Porbably a half cup of sugar. But what I was consciously trying to do was to imprint my own eye with the sense of proportion that Rhodes and Garden had. I literally thought about it like that. I wanted to learn the skill that probably Garden and Rhodes were born with. The thouht of growing up to draw butt ugly, crude boats never entered my mind.

I was 15 and on walkabout. I had walked from our home on Mercer Island, accross the floating brdge, through Seattle to Fremont where I crossed the Fremont Brdige and continued down the north side of Lake Union. Among the marinas and docks there I saw SEQUIN the steel hulled Garden designed Schooner that had, at one time, belonged to my doctor Earl Lasher. It was a magnificent vesel fallen on hard times. Someone had painted the entire boat and I mean ENTIRE boat sort of bright distress green. I was devastated. Garden had laid out a delicate and sensitive paint job for SEQUIN.

But as I looked at it I thought, under that awful, ignorant paint job are some beautiful lines. I thought, when I design my boats I want them to be able to retain their dignity of design even when have been left to rot.

Kids think weird things.
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