Another small boat design, by Jay Bliss. http://ftp.ij.net/wc.../photos103.html
I know many people view small boat design as boring and B.P. wrote that they are even crude.
Fair comment, I thought. Perhaps that's why I don't see some lovely Perry mini 6.5 design, dinghy or trailer sailer on the interweb when I got curious and looked.
I have always been a fan of crude boats, boats with hard chines on, to be even more crude.
Dad had the chined Wayfarer copy in FG, called the CL16 and he built me an El Toro I sailed the snot out of.
The hard chines on the whitewater kayaks I have had, changed the sport. Wavesport's market share success is carried by it's wonderful chined design of the '90's. It is a different boat with a different job, but that's how chine fondness grows.
Yes, small boats are fun, you don't get the same connection to wind and water on a big boat even a racing one.
I saw this boat up close several years ago in Maryland while at a woodenboat regatta. It was a great example of a lot of ideas executed without much in the way of knowledge both from a design standpoint, and also from a practical sailors standpoint. The fellow that designed and built the boat was super nice, but definitely disappointed in how dreadful the performance was. My friend of mine and I were not!.... so many things wrong with this boat. That picture is probably the best possible angle. A transom view would demonstrate what I'm talking about clearly.
What is so wrong with it? Is it slow, dangerous, badly mannered, impractical?
I would guess that it looks like a triangle in plan view. Not enough volume forward to get it to plane easily, and the deep forefoot, low volume forward and the LCF way aft probably makes it dig the bow in and difficult to steer.