Designers Define a Pretty Boat

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“This is an unanswerable question, but you ask yourself: What are people going to think of this particular boat in 20 or 30 years time? Are they going to say it may be a bit of a period piece but it’s still a good-looking boat? Or are they going to say, boy that was a bad era in boat design.”

Peter Boyce

Peter Boyce, Senior Designer, C. Raymond Hunt Associates


“A beautiful boat starts with proportion, and proportion is what you see from a distance, and then it goes to form, and that’s what you see from the mid-distance. And then it goes to detail, and that’s what you see close up. But if you’re missing proportion, form and detail will never save you.”

Michael Peters

Michael Peters, Michael Peters Yacht Design


“It’s all about proportions. Boats need to have some sex appeal to them, in the way that their surfaces connect. It has to has to congeal there; it has to come together; it has to have a shape to it that isn’t just boxed in, and square-sided.”

Doug Zurn

Doug Zurn, Zurn Yacht Design


“If you’re raised in the Northeast you see a lobster hull or a classic sheerline on a sailboat a different way than somebody all the way around the world would, so I think what makes a pretty boat is very much a sort of a cultural thing. What’s out in the harbor in front of you influences your taste from the childhood onward. That’s pretty interesting.”

Ward Setzer

Ward Setzer, Setzer Yacht Design


“I will tell you this: Every pretty boat that you see has one line that defines her description. It only takes one line. I think if it takes three lines you’re reaching. Typically it’s the sheerline, and that’s the line that does it. It could be dead straight, an S-curve, a Powderhorn, or it can be upswept. Whatever it is, as long as it rhymes with the rest of the design, that’s the defining line of the boat. That’s your keystone.”

Robert Ullberg

Robert Ullberg, Ullberg Yacht Design

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