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“Ugliness” is never an asset and is definitely a drawback in any yacht. Also, “freakishness” is something to be avoided at all costs. It is a quality hated by seamen who are always conservative.

Half the pleasure in owning a yacht is derived from owning a beautiful one.

And while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, confirmation however, along with a great deal of satisfaction, comes from the ready compliments of passersby and fellow yachtsmen.

It is our view that not only should the appearance of the vessel be acceptable on the water but it should also maintain its attractiveness and dignity when hauled out.

One of the “bibles” of naval architecture is “Basic Naval Architecture” by K.C. Barnaby. Barnaby, a leading British designer during the halcyon days of the twenties and thirties, a warship designer during WW2 and was one of the naval architects responsible for many of, and surprisingly ugly, purpose built specialist craft used in the D-Day landings. His advice as follows:

“The general appearance of a ship should be indicative of her main function. If a yacht is intended for ocean cruising, the lines should convey an impression of rugged seaworthiness and not of fragile grace or of rapidity of motion……"

The main points that govern appearance are sheer, overhangs, rake and height of masts, size and position of windows, ports and funnels and the amount and arrangement of superstructures.

In general, all extremes should be sedulously avoided. Too much sheer gives a rocking-horse appearance that puts pitching in mind. Too little is ugly and indicates a tendency to wetness. Too much top hamper suggests a possibly quite non-existent propensity for heavy rolling. Too little suggests a lack of space and of amenities. ….every effort should be made to make the ship look as long as possible by means of generous overhangs and a continuity of the sheer line”.

There is a modern tendency to give any vessel straight sheer lines, superstructure lines and where possible deck and hull section lines. This is often referred to as “contemporary” styling and is common in all vessels ranging from super yachts, any size motor yacht, to ocean racing sail boats.

It is almost impossible to originate shape such as a pleasing profile with sweeping shear lines on a computer screen; this is drawing board work. And many designers will revert to the drawing board for originating profile and lines plan for this reason.

There are advantages to straight shapes and many argue that they are easier to build. Not only the hull and superstructure, but also the interior where cabins and living areas are little more than a box shape. In short these are cheaper to build.

In our designs we are conservative in the area of appearances. We believe emphatically in the old adage that “if it looks right, it is right”. Many yachtsmen comment that our vessels have a traditional look. We consider it to be the shapes that are traditional and as Barnaby points out above, it is dictated by the intended use of the vessel.

Last Updated (Saturday, 29 August 2020 01:58)