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Designers

There are many great designers on both sides of the pond. But following my research into the characteristics of the best blue water cruisers I thought I might list the designers that are responsible for the designs in my database.

Just for fun I thought I would separate USA from Europe, perhaps there are some design themes that are more USA or more Euro, I would not like to say!

 

USA Boats Europe Boats
Bill Crealock Willard ; Pacific Seacraft David Sadler Contessa ; Sadler
Bob Johnson Island Packet Maurice Griffiths Eventide ; Golden Hind ; Barbican
George Cuthbertson & George Cassian C&C Yachts Judel/Vrolijk Custom Classic & Racing Yachts
Bruce Farr Farr ; Beneteau ; Jeanneau ; Finngulf Germán Frers Hallberg Rassy ; Swan ; Hylas ;
C. William Lapworth Cal Peter Norlin and Jens Ostmann Sweden Yachts
Dick Valdes Columbia Philippe Briand Ovni ; Beneteau ; Jeanneau
Tim Jackett Tartan Hollman & Pye Oyster
David Walters Cambria Bill Dixon Moody
Bob Perry Valiant ; Saga ; Passport Chuck Paine Cabo Rico ; Morris ; Bowman
Mark Ellis Bruckmann Charles Nicholson Camper & Nicholson
Ted Gozzard Gozzard Kaj Gustaffsson Nauticat
Clinton and Everett Pearson Pearson Ron Holland Trintella ; Feeling ; Swan ; Nicholson ; Discovery
    Carl Beyer Regina ; Aphrodite ; Hanse ; Najad
    Rob Humphreys Southerly

Now here’s a funny thing. When you look at the yachts that score “4outof4” on the D/L and SA/D ratios as well as come inside the CSF filter. These are the designers that stand out, Chuck Paine, Robert H. Perry, Philippe Briand, Kim Holman, Carl Beyer

Just look at the boats (LOA > 40ft) that these guys are responsible for…

Chuck Paine Robert H. Perry Philippe Briand Kim Holman Carl Beyer
BOWMAN 40
1987
NORDIC 40
1981
SUN FIZZ 40 (JEANNEAU)
1980
WORTH 40
1982
APHRODITE 40
1985
INTREPID 40
1981
NORSTAR 40
1995
OVNI 435
2005
OYSTER 406
1988
APHRODITE 42
1988
CABO RICO 40
1998
VALIANT 40 PH
1981
OVNI 43
1991
AMPHITRITE 43 (WAUQUIEZ)
1975
REGINA OF VINDO 43
1997
MORRIS 42
1997
VALIANT 40-2
1981
OCEANIS 430 (BENETEAU)
1990
OYSTER 435
1984
NAJAD 520
1994
ABLE 42
1989
VALIANT 40-1 (101-199)
1973
ESPACE 1300 (JEANNEAU)
1981

OYSTER 42
1998

 
MORRIS 46
1996
PANDA 40
1983
SUN ODYSSEY 45.2 (JEANNEAU)
1999
CORSAIR 45 (HOMAN & PYE)
1973
 
BOWMAN 48
1981
TASHIBA 40
1984
SUN KISS 45 (JEANNEAU)
1983
OYSTER 46
1985
 
MORRIS 51
2003
PASSPORT 40
1980
SUN ODYSSEY 45 DS (JEANNEAU)
2007
BOWMAN 46 CORSAIR
1972
 
APOGEE 50 (ABLE)
1995
CHEOY LEE 41
1979
SUN ODYSSEY 44I (JEANNEAU)
2009
OYSTER 485
1994
 
CABO RICO 56
2003
PH 41
1975
SUN KISS 47 (JEANNEAU)
1984
OYSTER 55
1985
 
BOUGAINVILLEA 62
1997
PASSPORT 41
1987
FIRST 45 BRIAND (BENETEAU)
2002
BOWMAN 57/58
1975
 
  TATOOSH 42
1984
SUN ODYSSEY 47 CC (JEANNEAU)
1991
OYSTER 70
1990
 
  SOUTH PACIFIC 42
1988
OVNI 455 CC
2005
   
  VALIANT 42
1992
SUN ODYSSEY 49 DS (JEANNEAU)
2004
   
  GOLDEN WAVE 42
1983
FIRST 50 (BENETEAU)
2007
   
  HANS CHRISTIAN 36
1974
SUN ODYSSEY 49I (JEANNEAU)
2009
   
  SAGA 43
1996
OCEANIS 500 (BENETEAU)
1989
   
  CHEOY LEE 44
1979
OCEANIS 510 (BENETEAU)
1992
   
  NORDIC 44
1980
MOORINGS 500
1988
   
  NORSTAR 44
1995
SUN FAST 52 (JEANNEAU)
1991
   
  LAFITTE 44
1978
JEANNEAU 53
2008
   
  NORSEMAN 447
1980
BORDEAUX 60
2007
   
  ISLANDER FREEPORT 41
1974
DYNAMIQUE 62
1983
   
  NASSAU 45
1984
     
  SEAMASTER 46
1982
     
  PASSPORT 47
1983
     
  VALIANT 47
1981
     
  CHEOY LEE 48
1980
     
  TAYANA 48 DS
1992
     
  TAYANA 48 CC
1992
     
  PASSPORT 50
1994
     
  VALIANT 50
1997
     
  TATOOSH 51
1983
     
  TAYANA 52
1983
     
  CT 54
1975
     
  CT 56
1986
     
  CT 65 / SCORPIO 72
1984
     
  SCORPIO 72
1989
     

 

There is a comprehensive list of designers and their bios on the Sailboatdata site. Another good source of comments is BluewaterBoats

An unexpected oil strike in my back garden may allow me to create a custom yacht with  Jongert , Pendennis or Trintella what a way to go !

Here are some links to some of the other leading custom yacht brokers around the world – Baltic Yachts (Finland) ; Nautor Swan (Finland) ; Vitters Shipyard (Netherlands) ; Royal Huisman (Netherlands) ; Van de Stadt (Netherlands) ; Wally Yachts (Monaco) ; Perini Navi (Italy) ; Southern Wind (South Africa) ; Alloy Yachts (NZ) ; Fitzroy Yachts (NZ) ; David Walters Yachts (USA)

 

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