ADVICE FROM SOME OF MY HEROS OF YEARS PAST

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(Sub title: why some people think I am one opinioned S.O.B.) Some 45 to 50 years ago four designers (L. Francis Herreshoff; Ed Monk Sr; Bill Garden and Charley Morgan) all gave me the same advice, paraphrasing and combining all they said to me into this almost religious edict for a young wantabe boat designer “……watch, study and record what other people are designing but have a passionate opinion of what you know to be true, be creative or otherwise you sound like a fake.  “Remember that you’re going to have the arrows in your backside with your passionate opinions.  At least you will not be enslaved by another’s blind prejudices.”  I learned to study everything I could find, ride … Read More

THE CASE FOR A CUSTOM BUILT TRAWLER

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“Nothing happens unless first we dream.”  Carl Sandburg  “A long time ago in a land far, far away…….” Most yachts were custom built one at a time.   A time before the “Death Star of mega-builders”.  Just my humble opinion.  This was the time I became a yacht designer in Seattle, WA and worked on vessels called, well we did not call them Trawlers then, 1963.  At that time, we had several names to describe this maritime vessel; a Character Boat, Commercial Yacht, and the one that really rankled me, a Fishing Boat Yacht.  At its core is the function of this type of boat, be it a seagoing vessel, devoid of useless design features that do not support her function … Read More

Welcome to My Website

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Hi……..I’m Steve Seaton and I will be posting thoughts, ideas, and general information about all things of the sea.  Please feel free to comment or ask questions.