Sketchbook 7-30-16 #2

Albacore 38 and 44 Powerboats

Albacore 38
Length 38’-2”
Beam 11’-8”
Draft 2’-8”
Disp. Est. 18,800 lbs.

Albacore 44
Length 44’-3”
Beam 13’-7”
Draft 3’-2”
Disp. Est. 28,800 lbs.

I worked up this pair of designs for the landlord of our former boatbuilding shop. He sort of liked my boats but being a bit of a gold chain guy missed the sex part of my design eye (the sad from my point view truth, is that he really liked some of the mass produced ‘blister boats’ that seem to be so popular these days). But he was slightly intrigued with the prospect of considering having us build him a custom boat and so gave me a shot at the interpretation of what he was dreaming.

The design game is really more psychology than design as the job that must be performed by the designer is to interpret the dream of the customer, usually with not much of a clear explanation or description of what the customer really wants. So in other words the trick that must be performed is to look into the inner psyche of the customer, quickly grab that snapshot of what they are thinking out of the right hemisphere of their brain and somehow put it on paper or screen in a manner that viscerally grabs at the customer and compels them to spend money that is clutched very tightly. Somehow in the middle of all this work we need to somehow manage to allow us survive another period of time in this dreamland of boat designs and shapes that we live in. In other words we design and live at the pleasure and whim of our customers and bless them that so many of them actually let us do just that!

Albacore 38


So back to the designs at hand…. First out of the gate was the 38ft. version of the Albacore. Very close to a few of the lobsta-type designs that I have done in the last decade but with smoother lines and hopefully they would have a shot at speaking more to the hearts of the gold chain types. I actually like this design and I don’t mind that I was pushed a bit in the execution of it. The more I worked on it the more I liked her flowing lines and it really wasn’t too long before I could imagine myself at the helm blasting down the waterway at a nice clip, not making much fuss in the water, but being able to clip along at a good rate. Twin engines were planned on in this design using the Zeus drive being marketed by Cummins Diesel. That drive is a tougher version of the same kind of thought process that Volvo and their IPS took the industry down. Basically these are drives that bolt onto the bottom of the boat, they rotate which means that they can be steered (much like a stern drive) but being on the bottom of the boat don’t draw all the marine growth and fussiness of the sterndrives. Installation is supposed to be easy, joystick controls are possible and it allows the builder to put the engines and drives way back aft in the vessel where the weight and noise can be contained easier. Twin engines would add to the maneuverability of the boat and make for some small redundancy of application.

So what do you think, she is certainly no ‘Blister boat’ but I do like the softened lines myself, but beauty is always in the eyes of the beholder!

This design came second in the series as soon as I submitted the first 38ft. drawing to my ex-landlord he had the idea that maybe he needed a second stateroom to play with and allow him to take his family out for a cruise. I certainly could see the utility of all so came up with this version which placed a second stateroom out in the cockpit of the boat. With the cabin roof overhang going out to a true private cabin should not be viewed as much of a hassle and with the privacy this would afford (hard to actually manage on a boat) I think of it as a very nice option.
The same twin engine Zeus drives but most likely more powerful engines would be used to push the extra 10,000 lbs. that she weighs around.

Albacore 44

I like her as much as the original 38, soft lines that flow well to my eye and I certainly wouldn’t think this design would ever do anything but add to the beauty of any body of water. Enjoy…. Sam

P.S. I am not sure as we moved shops and lost daily contact but I think he ended up buying a Tiara.. Much more in line with what he was thinking and truth is I really couldn’t make myself do a ‘blister boat’ design.


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2 thoughts on “Sketchbook 7-30-16 #2

  1. Do I out myself as a “gold chain kind of guy” if I admit to liking this design quite a bit? I don’t even mind the raked-back windshield.
    My tastes tend toward the utilitarian, so when I look at it I wonder where the tender is stowed, etc. The changes I would make would turn it into another Black Crown, so I guess my “bronze chain” creds are safe. 🙂
    It appears to be a scaled up Onamuni hull with a swoopy cabin.
    I appreciate that you and Jim put this sketchbook out here, it’s a great teaching tool for the rest of us, and particularly the reminder that it’s really about identifying with the customer. Thanks!

  2. Jeff, you are anything but a ‘Gold Chain Guy’ and I appreciate your comments. It’s sort of fun to get pushed into a different look and feel and I especially like it more in hindsight then in the heat of the design process. Who knows maybe in my middle to old-age I might buy myself a gold chain and give a try at the whole process myself! regards Sam

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