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Double Enders

Double enders are dear to my heart, and hopefully one day near as well. Most of my favorite boats (Baba 30, Hans Christian 33t, Westsail 32, Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37, etc.) feature this design trait. So it was in that vein that I asked Bob Perry (Thanks Bob!) to provide his thoughts on double enders for my website. If you're at all a fan of double enders or Bob Perry, I think you'll enjoy this post: Double Enders According to Perry
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Interesting, thanks for the link. My own boat has a broad transom but is pointed at the waterline aft. She leaves a very clean wake.
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Great read, thanks Bob. I too "just like them." I agree, there is nothing particularly seaworthy about a double-ender, and indeed the design introduces certain compromises (aft space being one), but all designs are a compromise.

A sailboat is more than just a cheap way to go from A to B. Your boat must tug at your heartstrings. Your boat must be a thing of beauty (at least in your eyes). Double-enders are beautiful to me.

... And besides, they part the following seas like moses

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I like em!

I've had two of them so far. Both Chuck Paine designs. My Frances 26 I had for 26 years. In fact the article Bob wrote in "Yachting" so many years ago had a picture of her "Soleil". Dark blue/tanbark sails. I still miss her.

I currently have a Leigh 30 (canoe stern) Sails like a dream and pretty.


Thanks Chuck!
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I like double enders too, but its because of how they look.
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Can you enlighten me on the differences of a canoe stern vs a double ender?

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We love em too! Great article as well, thanks for that.
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Rockter will become famous soon enough
There is a bit of a hit on aft space, but they are undeniably pretty.
You will have a long keel (or very nearly so) and they often very stable.
My own is a classy Union Polaris 36, from 1977.
There was some Bob Perry influence there but it was not one of his designs, per se.
Very few ships are as pretty as that one, in my opinion, at least.
I would never sell that lady, and I had many chances to.

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double enders always have that classic look.
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Beautiful things no doubt. Holger Dansk is one of my favourites. She is currently for sale in Tasmania. I'd love to have her moored nearby to us. Then i could admire her from aclose without having to pay the bills.

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