Eric e. Yes there's more than a bit of Newick in her - he knew about curves - and I loved every minute of sculpting/skinning the beam fairings out of extruded polystyrene. Nic Bailey (designer) also collaborated with Nigel Irens on several boats - so the Newick DNA is there for me right back through Irens' Gordano Goose and IT82... Isn't the love of aesthetic one of the main reasons we love multihulls, regardless of performance?
The current (short) alloy rig was originally from a Firebird more than 20 years ago and is more than capable of taking the extra righting moment. I know the Firebird designer whose engineering skill I rate very highly.
Regarding righting moment; She's 8.5M long by 7.5M wide. At my request we stole buoyancy from the aft end of the Amas and pushed it forward - making for a very safe "bow-up" attitude when pressing hard, possibly limiting the top speed with the extra drag of the aft beam and meaning max righting moment is only ever achieved in sheltered waters with the crew forward. Rudder winglets could be a possible future mod.
Back to the thread and other notable recent UK designs are from Darren Newton, mostly his Daz Cats, and Nick Barlow - his "Kittiwake" is a super looking boat!
Here's another pic of "So-What" being assembled
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