Most innovative designers today

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  1. wombat
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    wombat New Member

    Who do you think are the most innovative powerboat designers, the real "game changers," and why so?
  2. jwboatdesigns
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    jwboatdesigns John Welsford

    Nigel Irens, for pioneering work in long range high speed displacement multihulls.
    Donald Blount, for research in vertical accelleration management in fast offshore monohull powerboats
    John Welsford
  3. Timothy
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    Timothy Senior Member

    Nigel Irens power or sail
  4. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    The likes of the International racing scene - - Bill Barry Cotter, founder of RIVIERA in Australia, and his Maritimo racing division - - one of the best...
  5. dskira

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    Renato "Sunny" Levy, Peter Ducane, Fred Cooper, Saunder Roe.
    and my favorite motorboat designer actual is Tad Roberts.
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    masalai masalai

    I will go along with you on - Renato "Sunny" Levy, - and I bet - so would frosty...
  7. BMcF
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    BMcF Senior Member

    John Chaplin would be on my list. Although he started out his design career as an employee of Sir Christopher developing ACVS in the UK, he made his biggest mark in the development of the modern surface effect ship (often now called 'air cushion catamarans') while at Bell (later Textron).

    I'm with some of the others too, Nigel Irens and Don Blount would both be on my short list of the best too. And not to forget... Jim Wynne, one of my all-time favorites. Or Woody Woodson..or Ray Hunt...

  8. Willallison
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    In historical terms, hard to argue with any of those listed above. In current terms though, it's hard to go past the team at Wally, lead by Luca Bassini
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