I can see how a deliberate ignorance of the first principles of marine design will get you noticed, but I always presumed that tarring and feathering would follow;
Apparently not, nowadays you just get a prestigious Design Award.
This European Yacht of the Year award has left me wondering what you have to do to qualify exactly, other than be “European”.
Don’t waste time considering;
A practical helm chair, unobstructed deck, line leads, visibility from the helm, ergonomic step heights, hull finish, opening ports etc.
Kids look kinda bored. Wonder what ma is thinking about, tiller in hand, not about the lack of lifelines apparently.
Good ole Bake-n-Baste helm position, nothing new there.
Class, write a story about what you think is happening in the picture.
I guess maybe I am mistaking Design for design.
Something like mistaking pants Designed to be worn with the belt below your ass for real clothing.
How stupid of me. What a dinosaur.
I need to adopt a ‘Design Vocabulary’ I’ve been told.
I already have one – but it is not fit to print #@$%^&*.
But really, who would have thought that the Kriegsmarine’s camouflage could be mistaken for a Design statement?
The US navy maybe.
The ‘Millennium Yacht Design Award’ judges apparently.
Is there a category for “Best Battleship Graphics”?
How will the inevitable rescue helicopter find you?
Diverse ‘influences’ apparently ‘inform’ different Designers.
There is a design award for everyone these days. I like the radar mast, and the ears.
Boat looks like something I think, but I can’t quite place the influences….
Lots of boats were inspired by kitchen utensils. You know, spoons, knives, all kinds of bowls…gravy boats often, (some chicken/egg confusion there maybe?).
How about an interior inspired by a vegetable chopper?
I had thought that if I designed furnishings that would cause broken ribs and severe bruising I would be vilified, fool.
Imitation is the best form of flattery,
Just ignore the “why’s” when you compromise function for the sake of Style,
You may find some award winning inspiration right in your own office.
You should always wear special camera lens glasses to see how your cat Design will appear in a photo shoot.
Go for the shine, the deck shoe designers need a fresh challenge. A few scuffed ribs and barked shins are a small price to pay.
I like the water collection bags in the hardtop, and the bouncy overhead tramps for the kids.
To be fair, stand back and appreciate the features;
The Head Designer
I guess I should get with the times,
Get some Style, Buy some black undershirts to wear with my suit jacket, Embrace Progress;
Nuts, I look a lot more like ole Nat. I do own two of Tom’s own shirts though, they say so, right on the front.
Could be worse I suppose;
Maybe he is right. The marine accessories field does seem to have kept pace in the Design field,
while still paying close attention to function;
I guess I’m old fashioned. I still think the merit of a design should recognize its ability to do the intended task well.
Maybe I just need to redefine the task in broader terms.
I like Jack.
I’d be mortified if a ladder I specified let him down.
Note to Self; reconfirm vessel hydrostatics and swim ladder disclaimer.
Fashion comes and goes,
I think cats will prevail though;
The flying bridge still looks like it is still flying. That’s cool. The art persists to the bitter end. Note the Cats have nice style lines and twin footprints.
Synchronized backhoe drivers are probably thinking “How do we look? Better than this boat’s skipper, huh?”
Wish I had one of those Cats.
I suppose I have Done It Now.
In the extremely unlikely event that I am offered a Design Award, I’ll have to refuse on principle. Besides, I haven’t a thing to wear at the ceremony.
Maybe some feathers would be appropriate?
RECENT FEEDBACK FROM ANTARES OWNERS
– Ted –
You must have way too much time on your hand. You made my day…with tears in my eyes.
As you can probably guess I spend a great deal of time around cats, mostly French and South African. Often times the owners just don’t get it…until they visit YOLO [Antares hull 07].
For example during the last several weeks we were on a French built cat, rather new and costing over $500,000 USD. It didn’t have a freezer, “optional.” And, “it must be installed after-market by the dealer or dealer’s agent.” Also was on a cat built by South African Cat. It was built in December 2008, originally promised for delivery in March 2007. The yacht looked over ten years old and the finish was crap. The gas regulation equipment was glassed into a sealed compartment. The owner had to saw into his boat to get to the equipment. The owners truly regret their purchase decision. He left South Africa with a leaking saildrive seal and partially installed electronics…he just had to get away from the excuses and delays. Next, a Dolphin cat from South America. I was helping the owner with some AC electrical problems. What a surprise, the very expensive yacht was wired with standard household copper wire! The owner’s problems have just begun.
I cannot hold back when I see the poor designs and builds. I’ve been tarred and feathered for my comments. I sail away with no doubts on who owns the superior cat.
Keep up the spot-on comments.