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GREAT RACE RESULTS FOR 2017

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Chuck Paine designs were never strictly designed for racing. They were designed to sail fast through the water and to point really well, of course, and to look aesthetically gorgeous, but with never a thought to the handicap rating. Everyone knows if you distort a hull just a little bit you can achieve a “rule beater” that will deliver a high “corrected time” – until the rule changes. That’s the problem, though. The handicap formula changes over time, so today’s rule beater becomes tomorrow’s dog.

Paine designs were arrived at in a different way. The major design offices apart from Chuck Paine’s were located in big and expensive cities – New York City, Newport, San Diego and Annapolis. Rents and salaries were sky high. This limited the time that could be spent on each design. Chuck Paine’s office was located in Camden, Maine, and despite its beautiful waterfront location cost less than half the rent of his high-flying competitors. And his staff of up to five highly skilled designers all chose the lifestyle of rural Maine over the big expensive cities with their traffic and stress, and were content with the more modest salaries that went with it. A few lucky early breaks in Chuck’s early career meant that significant royalties poured in from such famous yacht builders as Morris, Able, Cabo Rico, Kanter, Bowman and Victoria Yachts and others.

The combination of low costs and a regular flow of income meant that Paine designs could consume a lot more hours of skilled work, and cost the patron not a penny more than the big-city competitors. Every Chuck Paine design had its hull personally sculpted by Chuck himself. All of the designs now winning races were designed in the ancient “Herreshoff” fashion. Chuck Paine himself would produce the preliminary design, then hand-carve a sugar pine half model of the hull- even if subsequently the hull lines were transferred to a computer for additional benefits. The use of a half model enabled Chuck to use not only his eyes but his hands to achieve complete hull fairness in every respect of the word. Only now, many years and handicap rule iterations later, is the result of this laborious process becoming recognized. There is simply no other design that is as “fair” (resulting in just a tiny bit less resistance to passage through the water) nor as aesthetically pleasing as one from of the office of Chuck Paine.

And as a result:

MARION-BERMUDA RACE 2017

First in Class , first in fleet:    SELKIE   Morris Ocean 32.5   Skipper Chip Bradish

First in Class                           ESCAPADE  Morris Ocean 46   Skipper Tom Bowker

BERMUDA ONE-TWO

Newport to Bermuda (Singlehanded)

First in Class, first in fleet:     YANKEE GIRL  Morris Ocean 36  Skipper S. Zachary Lee

Second in Class, 4th in fleet:    BLUEBIRD         Morris Ocean 36   Skipper Gust Stringos

Bermuda to Newport (doublehanded)

First in Class:                          BLUEBIRD         Morris Ocean 36

Second in Class:                      YANKEE GIRL  Morris Ocean 36

Congratulations to the skippers and crews for their fine performances!

THERE IS HOPE!

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s AMELIA sitting on her mooring in Port Clyde last summer. Soon enough she’ll be waiting for me there again- unless someone buys her first (she is for sale).

GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENT- TO YOURSELF!

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Newly available, too late for Christmas. But you can have one if you want.  My twenty favorite designs from my own studio, plus three sailboats by other designers that have enhanced my life.  Order from the home page- you will love it!.

Also available on Amazon.com, print version only.

 

 

 

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MY NEW BOOK

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

chuckbookad_july5_                   I’ve just published my latest book on the subject of yacht design. THE BOATS I’VE LOVED- 20 classic sailboat designs, by Chuck Paine. This 108-page print or e-book features my selection of the finest small sailboat designs from my forty-year career as a designer, plus three other “boats I’ve loved” from the hand of Olin Stephens and Nat Herreshoff. Packed with beautiful photograps and a lifetime’s worth of advice about my most popular sailboat designs, most of which can be bought on the used boat market for a modest price, spruced up a bit and taken sailing for years to come. I never designed anything but the best quality yachts- read all about them here and if you’ve got any sense, buy one and sail away

You can get yours by going here:

http://www.chuckpaine.com/my-new-book/

MODIFIED HERRESHOFF ALERION/SADIE

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

BELLA LUNA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Bella Luna– a modified Herresoff Alerion with a fixed keel.  DON”T built an Alerion until you have consulted with us- the centerboard versions are very tender and hard to steer. With our new fixed keel and rudder, and carbon spars, the boat is an absolute delight.

 

ANOTHER SAILBOAT DESIGN

Monday, January 25th, 2016

York Marine of Rockland, Maine asked us to do just one more design. It’s a 19-foot fiberglass keel/centerboarder. The use of a shallow keel has three benefits: It retains shoal draft for easy trailering and beaching; it enables some lead ballat to be fitted for enhanced stability, and it lowers the centerboard trunk so it has minimal impact upon the cockpit, merely serving as a nice footrest when seated in the bench seats. Keep your eyes on this blog to watch the design progress.

YORK 19

YORK 19

YACHT CLUB TALKS

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

I have put together a number of fascinating illustrated talks, which I present at yacht clubs and boat shows. Quite a few people wonder, “How did a kid from the wrong side of the tracks whose parents didn’t know what a yacht was, end up designing million dollar yachts?”

In just over an hour I can answer this question, and bedazzle my audiences with hundreds of photos of gorgeous yachts of my design. All I need is a powerpoint projector, a young person to help me through the inevitable computer glitches setting it up, and expenses reimbursed for myself and my wife, who likes to accompany me. All you need to do is to tell me, do you want me to cover both sail and powerboats- which we designed in almost equal numbers- or just to stick to sail, as they are arguably more beautiful.

I will be away, travelling, this early winter. So far for next year I will be speaking at the Victoria/Shadow Yacht Owners Association in Warsash, England on March 12th, and at the New York Yacht Club on April 6th.  If you would like me to talk at your club, just email me and we will find a mutually convenient time.

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BELLA LUNA

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Here’s another photo. Pretty hard to take a bad photo of this beauty.

Leslie takes Chuck for a sail.

Leslie takes Chuck for a sail.

Breaking the rules

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

They say never take photos of sailboats from the windward side- makes them look ugly.

Agree?

 

Leslie and Bella Luna

PHOTO SHOOT- F&W 27 BELLA LUNA

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

This is without doubt the stiffest, fastest, easiest to steer interpretation of Nat’s well-loved design.

The French & Webb modified Herreshoff Alerion/Sadie, with my revised keel and sailplan.

The French & Webb modified Herreshoff Alerion/Sadie, with my revised keel and sailplan.