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A buddy who is a fan of Judge Yachts emails me the following:
Those of us originally from south of the Mason Dixon line get tired of hearing about how good the Yankee boat builders were. Southern boats ran rings around those Yankee blockades during the War of Northern Aggression.
Anyway, link is to a builder who constructs Chesapeake Bay style workboats, all gussied up for fishin' and cruisin' They don't have the high, flared bow like the Carolina style hulls of Buddy Davis, but have a nice wide transom so a following sea doesn't cause problems.
Not to be critical, but that sure is a loose definition of the word "yacht". I didn't see one "yacht" on the page, just sportsfishermen, cruisers and skiffs. I gather they're using it generically because it sounds classy, but 'yacht' is actually a genre, so to boat people it comes across as placating or condescending.
30' to 39' is a 'cruiser' or 'weekender', good for dashing over to the Bahamas for the weekend with the family but not much else. No storage space, tiny galley, tiny head, small coffee table, half-height fridge.
40' is where 'yacht' starts, with 40' to 59' referred to as 'motoryachts'. These are true liveaboards, with plenty of storage, full-size galley and head, kitchen table and regular fridge. That's what I have.
60' is when it becomes an official 'yacht'. Around 100' feet is when it becomes a 'luxury yacht' and usually requires a crew. Then there's 'super-yacht' at 200', 'mega-yacht' at 300', and 'incredi-yacht' when it reaches the size of Barack Obama's ego.
"Southern boats ran rings around those Yankee blockades during the War of Northern Aggression*."
*Also referred to as "The Civil War" in some highly prejudiced Yankee textbooks.
"They don't have the high, flared bow like the Carolina style hulls of Buddy Davis, but have a nice wide transom so a following sea doesn't cause problems."
My Mainship has a high flared bow to keep the spray off the flybridge when hitting swells. Cuts through the water like a knife. And he's also right about the wide transom, which mine has, although with a top speed of 26 knots, I can 'catch' the waves and usually surf the swells when I have a following sea. Makes for a great ride. Costs me an arm and a leg in surfboard wax, though.
Well....ahem....I don't really care for the plain old slab sided boat style. I like a moderate bow flair leading down to a long fore foot on the bow before it joins the main hull. Slab sides don't do much for me either - I like a nice smooth transition from about mid-ships to a slight tumble home at the stern or a slight outward flare to the stern - might even add a little euro-styling at the stern to complete the look.
Then again, I'm strictly a center console/fisharound style type - like my Grady White Canyon 33.
Actually, in my opinion, the best open center console boat ever built for rough sea conditions was the 28' Master Marine. This is a great boat and still lives on today as part of True World Marine. Some are turned off these boats because they are part of the Unification Church business empire, but they are great boats - tough as heck, smooth riding, stable with a long range if the right engine and prop are used.
Besides, when going off shore, real fishermen use center consoles. The nancy boys use Mainships. :>)