Duckworks: Eye of the Beholder

by Kevin McNeill, KMN Designs – Esquimalt, Vancouver – Canada
Every boat is beautiful to its owner, you won’t find anyone who will admit that their boat is a dog, but what is beautiful to one eye is not to another.

If you’re designing for yourself this little problem isn’t a problem, but if you’re designing for someone else, then it can be.

Phil Bolger designed some very square boats, I happen to think that they are beautiful because they meet the design purpose. Similarly, Jim Michalak designs squareish boats and I like the look of them too. Other people don’t.

I recently entered a design contest for Off Center Harbour which asked for a design for a houseboat without really setting out the parameters. What they did was ask for was a design and your reasons for selecting that particular design and how you would use it.

Here is the profile that I submitted,


duckworks-the-eye-of-the-beholder-clipularI like the sheer to be at its lowest about 2/3rds of the way from the bow, unless I’m doing a junk style design then it’s the other way around.

In order to get the design started, I imagined…. Read More

Thanks to reporter Dan Hohman.

Originally posted 2016-11-24 08:02:11.

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