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Re: Bob Perry's take on Wolfenzee's dream boat
Atkins routinely adapted earlier designs. Most of his work was derived from traditionally evolved working watercraft, or designs by other designers. Most of the working watercraft and designs by others that influenced his work tended to be bigger more 'burdensome' boats, and so required adaption to be used as yachts.
Translating a larger design intended to carry a lot of cargo, into a smaller yacht is not an automatic process. The strength of Atkins work was the ability to adapt a traditional working watercraft design to be a pleasure vessel with improvements in sailing ability and ease of handling, while retaining the visual qualities and many of the virtues of the of the bigger and wildly heavier precedent designs.
He was not the only designer doing this type of thing. But he was certainly one of the better ones following this approach.
This other version of the Captain Cicero, has been customized in a number of ways besides the lapstrake planking. That said, some of Atkins designs were intended for lapstrake construction so your boat may be the customization. Its interesting that this boat has one less set of shrouds than your boat. Its also very odd that the chainplates would have been led to channels, and that the light boards are mounted that far aft and on the coach roof where the jib would block the leeward light.
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Last edited by Jeff_H; 06-07-2013 at 01:25 PM.