Hardly - they all made their bones early in the IOR. Holland and Peterson in particular had careers that started at the same time and paralleled each other for yearsFarr,Davidson and Holland. Kiwi talent extrordinaire that took forever to be accepted and recognised
Yeah, I think it was all pretty fluid with young designers working at many different firms - probably as dependent on which firm had work as much as anything.IIRC, Holland apprenticed with Gary Mull at some point...
I've called it a "feminine" look as opposed to the masculine look some designers have - like The Maestro.Yeah, I think it was all pretty fluid with young designers working at many different firms - probably as dependent on which firm had work as much as anything.
Someone like Frers though was already established before joining S&S in 1965 having worked with his father German Sr. and apparently designed his first boat as a teen in the late 50's.
But I suspect the opportunity to work with Olin Stephens was too good to pass up. His early IOR boats were conceptually and visually quite similar to S&S designs of the time. But Frers had this magic touch to make them look nicer than S&S designs, at least IMO. He has a real eye for things like sheer line and shaping of the transom and bow stem that I think is unparalleled.