View Full Version : McLaren's design studio head drew himself a boat, and its freaking jamup!

Paul Pless
08-17-2016, 03:33 PM
Electric propulsion


Paul Pless
08-17-2016, 03:35 PM

08-17-2016, 03:36 PM
clipper bow, slipper stern. can't say it really gets it for me.

08-17-2016, 03:37 PM
The dog likes it.
I suppose it's easier to board it from the stern.

Paul Pless
08-17-2016, 03:38 PM
Lots of varnish.35 coats

08-17-2016, 03:41 PM
clipper bow, slipper stern. can't say it really gets it for me.

Bingo. It might have even been handsome with a plumb, Baby Bootleggerish bow, but of course, then it wouldn't be original.

The Bigfella
08-17-2016, 03:42 PM
Lots of varnish.

No problem... it's in the UK. No sunshine

Phil Y
08-17-2016, 04:11 PM
Pedigree dog, bitser boat.

John Meachen
08-17-2016, 04:29 PM
It should fit right in on the Thames.

08-18-2016, 12:49 PM
I like it.

08-18-2016, 02:23 PM
some Xenon adaptive headlights set back in the bow would give it a wicked shark look.

S/V Laura Ellen
08-18-2016, 02:39 PM
Don't really care for the clipper bow, but it is a beautiful boat anyhow.

08-19-2016, 12:08 AM
The slipper stern launches look like they should be fast...I had the pleasure of riding in a Peter Freebody slipper stern (one of the foremost builders of the type in England ( http://www.peterfreebody.com/freebody-slipper.php ) One of these was given to the Center for Wooden Boats...it had a large American v-8 engine. Now they were originally powered by Morris engines. We were out in Lake Union and one of the boys from the Center took the boat into the speed lane. He then put the pedal to the metal. The boat began to gyrate...not meant to do that. The guy did not realize that these are not planing hulls. Frightening. Don't try this at home.

08-19-2016, 05:16 AM
Lovely. Surprised and pleased it's not wearing a blue duster

Peerie Maa
08-19-2016, 05:51 AM
Don't really care for the clipper bow, but it is a beautiful boat anyhow.

I agree, raking is OK, but lose the curve,

Peerie Maa
08-19-2016, 06:02 AM
They were not intended to be fast, as river hire boats that was not a good idea.

Merk is the prototype ‘slipper’ launch built in 1912 for hire on the River Thames. With her graceful design resembling the heel of a slipper, Merk was quite unlike anything else on the water. She is a simple wood construction with straight stem, flat sides and flat bottom all designed to reduce wash – echoing the design racing cars of the day.
Designed to be a ‘motorist’s boat’ she of course comes from an era when very few people actually owned a car. In 1910 only 1 in 600 households had a car and even by 1940 it was still only 1 in 24 (Today it is more likely to be around 1 in 2). She was fitted originally with a single-cylinder Waterman engine that used petrol (superseding the steam boats of the previous generation); she had bench seats and even a steering wheel rather than a tiller. Indeed most of her interior, from the dashboard to the gearbox, fitted with a reverse gear for easy manoeuvrability, was made to be as car-like as possible. Such was Merk’s success her design was further developed into a range of motor launches called the Greyhound. Aimed initially at the luxury market, using the rapidly developing Watermota engine, their controls were identical to a contemporary car, as was their handling.

08-19-2016, 10:09 AM
No bimbos!

08-19-2016, 10:13 AM
I have always thought of the Thames slipper launch as Spitfire-like in mechanical elegance and form-follows-function.

Tom Wilkinson
08-19-2016, 01:13 PM
I think it looks great, I don't even mind the curve in the bow.

I'm curious what would make the slipper stern cause adverse handling. It seems like it wouldn't matter as long as the hull shape below the waterline is right. Is the hull shaped that much differently below?

08-19-2016, 01:32 PM
Sudden stops from speed might get the aft passengers wet, but (as Nick said) they aren't s'posed to go terribly fast.

Sudden, severe turns at speed might submerge the aft quarter, altering the turn trajectory, but they aren't s'posed to go terribly fast.

Joe (SoCal)
08-19-2016, 01:50 PM
I like it 98% the clipper bow bothers me 2% that my 2 ;)

Let's see him design a sailboat using only wind propulsion :D