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As our forums and gallery have grown this year, we've been very fortunate to attract a number of great designers and interesting concepts. Looking at this 'year in review' so far, two of the favorites were "Myrddin," a 32' Classic canoe-sterned Launch, and "Taliesin," a 50' trawler yacht, both beautifully designed by Stephen C. Baker.
In the designer's own words: "Myrddin was borrowed, and I use that word advisedly, from the launch Merlin used by Bill Garden as an island tender. Merlin has a definite charm and the sort of 'do anything' character that has endeared old working boats to me for years, and it was a case of love at first sight. With Myrddin, I have tried to create something with the same feeling and utility as the new 'Picnic Boat' trend, but with the grace and qualities of the original."
From the same hull form, the larger 50' Taliesin was then brought to life. Continuing with Stephen's own words to describe this wonderful boat, "there is ample room for almost any interior you could want in a 50-footer, and near-standing headroom is available in the engine room. She would be perfect for low-impact, low-speed cruising almost anywhere in the world. Cruising speed would be around 8.5 knots, and draft is less than 6 feet."
These two designs capture the imagination as few boats do. They deserve a place in any hall of fame... and they certainly have a place in our hall of fame. Click the link below to visit Stephen Baker's web site for more information, or click the gallery link to see a number of great designs which Stephen has been kind enough to post in our design gallery.
Jim Antrim caught the world's attention when with Alex Kozloff he designed the 62' electric powered trimaran Duffy Voyager for the Duffy Electric Boat Company. The Duffy Voyager set and holds a world record for battery powered boating with the 52-mile round trip crossing from Newport Beach to Catalina Island.
The Duffy Voyager is but one of many, many cutting-edge Antrim designs. Graduating from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in 1972, Jim Antrim has designed a multitude of sleek, efficient, lightweight advanced-composite multihull and monohull sailboats, commercial and cruising powerboats, and electric boats, as well as smaller, utility, and purpose-built designs. Shown above and below is his 40' Racer/Cruiser Tri, a fully demountable trimaran (for road transportation) built by Atlantix Innovations Marines, Inc.
"In 18 knots of wind, the first test sail showed speeds of 21 knots with only small jib and main." The design is equally graceful as either a performance design (shown here) or as a cruiser with standup headroom (shown on the Antrim Design web site)
A masterful composites engineer capable of designing strong lightweight durable structure, and a designer capable of the most graceful lines always equally practical as beautiful, Jim Antrim continues to impress with one unique design after another.
It will be exciting to continue to watch the designs which come off the Antrim drawing board in the days, months, and years to come. If you don't already have the Antrim Design web site bookmarked, now is the time to take a look.