Re: [AtkinBoats] Robb White's Rescue Minor
- In a world of plastic mass produced homogenized boats
it is nice to see a distinctive boat with individual
style. If any of us ever saw Robb Whites's barrel
back Rescue minor at a dock we would know the boat.
It is like when Thespis stepped out of the Greek
chorus and became the first actor (Thespian). Robb
White stepped out of the bland crowd with a good sense
of style and design.
Ol' man river, dat ol' man river,/ He must know
sumpin', but don't say nothin',/ He just keeps
rollin', he keeps on rollin' along.
Oscar Hammerstein (1895 - 1960) US lyricist, musical
From the musical "Show Boat.," "Ol' Man River."
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;o) It is my personal opinion, but I think Robb White's stern doesn't go
well with the rest of the boat. I like barrel backs just fine, just not on a
Rescue Minor. <g>
The Atkins knew the good a bit of tumblehome aft did for the looks of a
motorboat, and often added some to otherwise starkly simple designs with
good effect. If you're not using plywood sheets for planking, it really
shouldn't add much complication to the building. But Rescue Minor was
designed for plywood construction, so Wm. used a straight-sided transom.
It's not ugly, but it'd look better with some shape. Robb White just got a
bit carried away! <g> Putting tumblehome into a stern on a fiberglass boat
is troublesome and expensive, but I guess nowadays we're used to the boxy
sterns on motorboats, and there's so much other ugliness in their designs
that the sterns don't jump out at us...
On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 16:11:30 +1000 (EST), Hugo wrote:
> Its all personal taste, but I do think Robb has improved the asthetics of
the Rescue Minor design by modifying the stern to a "Barrel-Back" shape. I
don't think it would affect performance or capacity(Negatively) in any
appreciable way and makes a fairly plain looking boat just that bit more
Nobody ought to wear a Greek fisherman's hat unless
they meet two conditions:
1. He is a Greek
2. He is a Fisherman <Roy Blount Jr.>