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Most Succesful or Influential Yacht Builder, North America
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JP
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Dec 28, 2005, 6:50 PM

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Barry Carroll. Any other nominations


Snappy
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Dec 28, 2005, 8:04 PM

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 West coast: Dennis Choate and Carl Eichenlaub





Wash
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Dec 28, 2005, 8:41 PM

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Two entirely different questions-- also need to define "yacht" to be able to answer

For me, assuming yacht means Sailboat
Influential: Bill Lee
Successful: Depending on the definition of "Yacht'-- Yugo Type: Macgregor Yachts
Chevrolet type: Catalina Yachts
Cadillac Type: J Boats
High End Type: Hinckley / Morris Yachts
Wash


USA8016
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Dec 29, 2005, 9:13 AM

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who did the CBTF?


John Tormey
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Dec 29, 2005, 1:27 PM

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CBTF was a conglomerate. This comes from their website:

"CBTF Co., formerly known as DynaYacht, came to fruition when Chuck Robinson, Alberto Calderon, Bill Burns, Matt Brown and Peter Isler joined forces to create a radical new appendage design that uses a canting ballast for righting moment and two foils one forward and one aft of the keel for side force and steering functions of the yacht."

More at http://www.cbtftech.com


Hypotenuse
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Dec 29, 2005, 5:19 PM

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Will snotty yotties think the same of a J or a Carroll in a hunnert years the same as we regard the sweet curve of a Herreshoff today? I'd aver Cap'n Nat and his family have a fair purchase on influential. Then again, think of what Starling Burgess did for the first round of J-Boats.

As for success, what's the measure?

Barry's got my vote for the right life formula; make it and sell it, then give back.





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Dec 29, 2005, 6:30 PM

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Melges Performance Sailboats.

100's of Scows produced each year not to mention the Melges24, Melges32, Star, 5.5meter and etc., etc., etc...


JP
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Dec 30, 2005, 5:02 AM

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Everett Pearson.


jack tarr
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Jan 21, 2007, 11:07 AM

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Pirateahrrr. herreshoff,crowninsheild, olin stevens,john alden take your pick cause none other can compare


hazzardous
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Jan 23, 2007, 11:39 PM

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how about:
hereshoff for influence
crealock for safe
hinkley for plain classy
and RP for rape........
Pirate
da-naaaa


Jerry Cann
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Jan 24, 2007, 9:06 AM

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Everett Pearson - Pearson Yachts (the original) & TPI -- a genuine Fiberglass boat pioneer.

Frank Butler - Catalina, Capri and Coronado (and Morgan)-- value pioneer -- intoduced the FG molded interior liner and production effciencies.

Bob (& Rod) Johnstone - J/boats, Alcourt Sunfish -- for promoting the concept of keelboat one designs; and the Sunfish that introduced many thousands of new people to the thrill of sailing.

Buddy Melges -for one designs - multiple scow classes, and wide range of others: Star, M-24, M-32, 5.5 meters, Solings, FD's, even iceboats! -- plus an America's cup winner and Olympic Gold medalist to boot! Not to mention the Melges family's tireless support of all forms of sailboat racing and race management that has influenced sailing as much outside the Zenda, WI "plant" (a loose description) as inside building boats.

Having had the priviledge of knowing each personally -- all are true Gentleman and pillars of the sailing industry.

My two cents.


reefer
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Jan 26, 2007, 6:34 AM

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personally, I am happy for Bruce Kirby's Laser!


southernman
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Jan 27, 2007, 2:08 AM

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really glad to see this kind of a question. We don't often speak of US boat builders. Not anymore anyway....So I was just thinking of a few names and soon found that the criteria of this particular discussion was realy broad. Someone asked , 'measure successhow'....'influential in what way'..

But I think there is another bit of criteria, at least for me. It's 'time period' or 'era'. Like our own pro sports in the USA and the way we compare say this Bears team to that Bears team...etc...So how can that be measured ? Now add the profitability of the time......or the influence of the time...whoa...

So. There is anther criteria (of course).
Best sailing characteristic advancement for the time...and
Most important sailboat advancement of 'her lines' for the time.. perhaps both of these belong to 'most influential for the time'

My vote for the 'best of all' for the time would have to be:

Olin Stephens

talk about influential ....


southernman
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Jan 27, 2007, 2:22 AM

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Boy Howdy!! Them fellers are legendary in many catagories.

RP .....costs a lot of money in todays market for research and development. speed is advancing at astronomic rates. so is technology/materials.

If a builder/designer wants to compete in this global racing market they better be cutting edge all the time. Buyers of these boats are paying for that and they pay for that gladly.

Non racing builders can afford at least 25 of a particular models interior modules or 50 hulls and deck for this model....their money is in inventory produced with assembly line ability.....or at least a lot of hand labor found say in a Swan...but the same over and over...

How many boats RP or Cookson or Farr put out over 3 of a kind ???? Alpha Romeo and Wild Oats IV are , at least claims Alpha, the same. But built elsewhere...(hope I got that right)...big money for 'one outs'. Buyers of them have big dough

I like your list! Thems the boats we put to sea in.





Jerry Cann
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Jan 27, 2007, 10:42 AM

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I thought the question referred to "Boat Builder" seems we have digressed to "yacht designer" -- B. Kirby, Olin Stephens, B. Farr are designers. That would bring up a whole new group.Wink


southernman
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Jan 27, 2007, 12:24 PM

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It appears I have drifted. more 'set' then i figured.......apologies.

Aint sailing grand!





Jerry Cann
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Jan 27, 2007, 12:48 PM

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Smile No apologies needed, my friend!


southernman
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Jan 27, 2007, 1:30 PM

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ok.

As a yout in SoCal I was pretty proud of Jensen Marine's Cal boats and Bill Lapworth formulas. Actually being produced in California.....what a novel idea..My Pop had a Cal 25, Columbia 34 mark1, Columbia 43, Cal 2-46. I thought all boats came form California..Now hes a 'put put' guy...still kickin hard, tho. (the 43 was an error in judgement):)

Growing up around socal sailing since the 60's was pretty awesome for a kid from the san fernando valley...those stinkin cal-20s and the way they would heave-to for lunch in between races. They pretty much dominated things for so many years..and that feller, Tom whatshisname....

jeffry matzdorff


Jerry Cann
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Jan 27, 2007, 2:02 PM

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Wink Jeffry,
Hey I work for a California boatbuilder!

Didn't mean to sleight the left coasters. (I did mention Frank Butler did't I?)

Lapworth surely was influential. The Cal 40 was of course the first split underbody (IE fin keel- spade rudder) production boat offered to the public.. (Although Cap't Nat did it at least 50-60 years earlier.) Today it is the norm.


southernman
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Jan 27, 2007, 7:09 PM

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So after a moist day here in MDR and a few beers with the lads, I would like to add one other name for Influential Yachtbuilder-North America-

Sidney Blinder and his prolific Sidney Sabots. Sid was perhaps responsible for many of SoCal's finest in the day. Oh those single hull masterpieces


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Mar 9, 2007, 4:44 AM

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SailingBeaver
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Mar 13, 2007, 10:44 AM

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What about Vanguard Sailboats. They make almost every 420/FJ for nearly every high school and college program, plus they're the builder of 2 Olympic Class boats (Laser and Radial). They have a number of other one designs two.


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