- Hi Eric H.
I want to say I enjoyed this ..
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "manyboat" <nomadwilly@...> wrote:
> DNA it is then. My mother was an art teacher and I was exposed to an endless parade of artists and their art. I learned a great deal about what was a good form, line or shape. The silhouette of a rudder (boat or airplane) can be very beautiful or ugly. There are lots of boats that are ugly and function well and there are boats that are beautiful but function poorly. The ugly AND the beautiful boats will be attractive to folks that don't know the difference but only the attractive boats will be attracted to folks that do know the difference. So the attractive boats will sell better but that dosn't mean form follows function always or even most of the time. Form follows function frequently not BECAUSE of function but during or even after function has been addressed. The master designer dosn't need to add on the beauty of form in that nothing else will come from them. Atkin was such a designer. John learned (without much doubt) from exposure as I did from my mother but I learned casually and I'm sure John's learning was much more than that. I can only guess where William learned his art but neither man ever designed a boat that was lacking in any way as designed for a purpose. I will never tire of browsing through my Atkin boat design catalog. If they were not masters I'd have been bored a long time ago. When I was 12 years old I'd go to the Seattle Public Library (University Branch) and look at the Atkin boat designs at length, and at 70 I'm still browsing Atkin designs. Thank you Pat for sharing.
> Eric Henning
> Thorne Bay AK