In Sam Devlin’s last column for Passagemaker, he shares what makes any boat the right boat.
For the past few years, I have tried to show the readers of Passagemaker an alternative to run-of-the-mill production boat designs. I hope that I have been successful, as I have thoroughly enjoyed bringing my designs to this audience.
But it is time to pass the baton. This will be my last design column, at least for a while. While I am sad, I still have this one last opportunity to bend a few words and a sketch some simple lines, to stimulate thought and perhaps perspective about boat design in general.
Many years back—when boats were drawn on the drafting table, and before email allowed instant feedback—Jack Bell was a customer of mine at Devlin Designing Boatbuilders. He wanted a new boat for his home waters in Connecticut. Prior to our project, Jack had been the first customer for a well-known New England builder; he didn’t like that boat much, and gave me the following…