Low Tide

Yacht Designer Tad Roberts' Web Log

Ocean Cruising

Bulbous Bows

People often ask about adding a bulbous bow to their boat, usually in the interest of increasing fuel efficiency. My usual answer is that it’s probably not going to do any good, and it’s likely do harm. The chances of adding a useful bulb is really small unless an owner is willing to undertake an[.....]

Martin Marie’s Arielle

Transoceanic cruising in powerboats began in 1937 when French yachtsman Martin Marie crossed the Atlantic alone in Arielle. There had been several transatlantic stunt voyages prior to that, but this was the first real ocean cruise in a powerboat. Marie was a marine painter, and he wished to spend time with his subject. Arielle was[.....]