Re: Avara vs Jesse Cooper
> This then perhaps a tipping point discernable from theI think we can read a bit of PCB's opinion in the write-up of Jesse Cooper. I don't have it at hand, but I think I remember it pretty well.
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> in similar form before and after Arava?
He does a comparison between the the "improved sharpie" hull form of JC and the St Pierre dory hull form (with fin keel added). He does not say that the sharpie is better in all ways for all things. What he says is that it has some advantages (in this case usable hull volume being one) and is workable despite some problems. As I remember the term "shattering crash" is mentioned along with some concern about wear and tear on the bottom planking if the boat went to sea. (I sailed a similarly-shaped Cynthia J, and I experienced shattering crashes.)
The design brief for Avara was for a live-aboard vessel for a doctor. It didn't say he might have patients aboard, but perhaps that was a consideration. I think she looks pretty good as a floating cottage.
I don't think PCB ever offered a flat-bottom boat when there wasn't some constraint of length, cost, or building-time pressing him in that direction. What distinguished him was his willingness to go there when the payback was worthwhile. And, of course, he was good at it.