27 Soule Road
| I have
spent my life in and around boats, even during periods when I was not involved
with them professionally. I have raced my own and other peoples'
sailboats, run my own workboats, and logged considerable sea time moving
boats around between New England and the Caribbean. This, together
with 25 years of experience running a boatshop, building (mostly to my
own designs) and repairing boats, has given me a very good idea of what
works and what doesn't.
Growing up around fishermen, in the Maine fish-house culture that is now almost vanished, where the older men told stories going back to the Civil War, I learned early the importance of function. When the story starts, "we were coming in from New Ledge one night in a northeast snowstorm," there is just no room in it for a boat that is not seaworthy, whose systems do not work.
Boats -- all boats, yachts, passenger ferries, and fishboats alike -- are vehicles for dreams, but besides that, they all have to contend with the ocean, in our case the North Atlantic. Their owners need to have dreams, but somebody has to mind the store.
If dreams are not to end in disaster, the boat has to work. The functional aspects of the boat, seaworthiness, systems, and fitness for the intended purpose, must be taken seriously.
Photo: Jeff Scher
The "Live Anywhere" Boat
The Design Process
Computer-Aided Design (CAD)