Have you ever wondered why many classic bluewater sailboats are double enders? Is there something inherent in the double ender design that makes them particularly well suited for offshore work? Or maybe you're like me and simply find them to be irresistibly good looking and aspire to own one regardless of the design's intended function. I'm pleased to welcome a very special guest blogger to SailFarLiveFree.com. Bob Perry, one of the world's foremost yacht designers and a double ender aficionado, has graciously agreed to share his thoughts on my blog. For more of Bob's writing, visit Yacht Design According to Perry. What follows are Bob's words...
Double-Enders According to Perry, by Bob Perry
Oh boy. I get to write on someone else’s blog. I think I will write about double enders as a subject in itself. Without bragging too much I think I might be responsible for more double enders on the water than any other designer. I don’t have a total number but it has to be close to 1,500 boats maybe more. I know double enders. I have always been drawn to double enders from the time I was 15 years old. I used to walk from our house on Mercer Island, across the floating bridge and down to Lake Union where I would sit and dream, aboard a converted Bristol Bay fishing boat they had for sale at Vesoga’s brokerage. I was 15 and there was no way I could buy the boat but I could dream.
I was lucky as a kid in that I became aware of Bill Garden’s design early on. Bill did some great double enders. Some were based on the Colin Archer style and some in Bill’s unique way were straight from Mars. Walking the docks one day at Shilshole Bay Marina I was stopped dead in my tracks by a long, skinny, light green boat that looked like no other boat in the marina. I knew I was looking at a very special boat but I had no idea what it was. It was OCEANUS, Bill’s own boat. In time I would get to crew on OCEANUS for local races. I loved that boat. I also learned about and studied the double enders of William Atkin. His ERIC was a favorite of mine. One of the very first boats I drew hull lines for was a 32’ double ender I called BUDDY after Bud Stantorf, the man who really taught me how to sail. He died when I was 16. The Albert Strange canoe yawls remain some of my all time favorites.
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Then why did I make the Valiant 40 a double ender? Marketing! It was just assumed that offshore cruising boats had to be double enders and rather than buck that trend I decided to go with it and at the same time add my own twist to the shape to try and improve the performance of the double ender.