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Re: Why a ketch?
I think you could write a book on the history of that boat and the many yards that built it. But design credit should go to the son of Bill Hardin according to Bill Garden. Bill Garden has a lot of ketches to his legitimate credit but I would certainly never refer to them in a generic kind of way. Check out ZIA, a big Garden ketch. Check out Tatoosh, a slender canoe hulled Garden ketch. Then there is FOAM. Then comes SEAL. PIXIE is a great Garden ketch. And who could forget PORPOISE and the magnificent NORTH CAPE. But if you look at these ketches the one thing that truly stands out is that there is no such thing as a generic "Garden ketch". That was the genius of Bill. He explored all the edges of design.
That's so true. Having loved his work for decades and having all of his books (well thumbed) I know of no other designer who's work was so incredibly varied. Also, no-one ever designed better looking deck structures IMHO - his pilothouse designs are uniquely handsome. Find some pics of his beachcombing boat "Beach Boy" and you'll see what I mean.
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