… or quaintness or something at least to lift it out of the bland.
This is going to offend those of the multihull community reading this [not very many] and fail to get the nod from the monohullers [more readers] but what the heck – there’s a point which really sticks in the craw regarding design.
Bear with this and let me get it out of the system.
It’s about aesthetics. I think we could agree, no, that the Westsail seen above is a nice boat, a bit old-fashioned for some who prefer the plastic extruded type [as it confers some sort of kudos and might even sail nicely] but essentially, the Westsail looks all right and sails traditionally.
Why is it then that when a yachtsman goes to two hulls, he accepts monstrosities?
Sorry but that at best is bland [the all white hulls don't help] and at worst, it’s like a woman’s big bottom – why do they have to design big rears to cats when accommodation could be further forward and the lines finished off nicely? Actually, at worst, it’s design for function only.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and multihull owners “traditionally”, in their terms, have gone for hi-tech and speed – hence foam core, carbon fibre etc. It seems style is the preserve of the mono.
Why couldn’t they take the lines of, say, this lady below [note the colours by the way - they're what I have]:
… or this lady:
… or this:
You know – a bit of elegance, a bit of respect for fine machinery, albeit mainly in wood? Why can’t there be a regal prow standing up there in front:
That lady is called the Grace B by the way. if you’re going to put the effort in, then surely you want a lady you could fall in love with?
Can you fall in love with a plastic fantastic? If so, then we’re clearly not on the same page – I respect your view but ………
And the Pacific islanders and Asians can put style into their multihulls, craftmanship too:
The sheer pride of being aboard would be a good feeling. To me, even a twin hull craft can look elegant, can be stately:
The song by John Fogerty may have been this way, as he said:
“Proud Mary” was arranged from parts of different songs, one of which was about a “washerwoman named Mary.” The line “Left a good job in the city” was written following John’s discharge from the National Guard, and the line “rollin’ on the river” was from a movie by Will Rogers.
… but I can equally see the scene as a Mark Twain or Murray paddle steamer about to proceed up river:
That’s the sort of spirit one needs in a lady on the water. There must be elegance. Or something like it. I simply can’t see the point of not designing it in or settling for less. ‘Twould be better to have nothing.
Don’t expect you to agree but suspect some might.