Author: Dan Spurr

slide hull

Slip Slidin’ Away

Perhaps the largest private naval architecture firm in the world, Vripack, announced its first patent of a hullform—the Slide Hull. This after 55 years in business and more than 7,300… Read more »

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Braid My Rig

Future Fibres, a division of Southern Spars, and parent company North Sails Group recently purchased a new Herzog braiding machine to enhance its capabilities in making multi-strand carbon fiber rigging… Read more »

Super Power

Minnesota-based Emerson Industrial Automation partnered with Italian builder Wider to develop a diesel-electric propulsion system for a 150′ (46m) motoryacht using its Powerdrive MD2 modular drives coupled with azimuth pods…. Read more »

A Builder’s Life

Barrie Farrell is a lifelong builder of boats—all manner of boats—in British Columbia, Canada, with a thousand stories to tell, which he mightily recalls in a recently published autobiography, Boats… Read more »

X43 motoryacht under construction

Made in Manchuria

After four-and-a-half years of work on tooling, molds, and construction for a 43‘ (13.1m) motoryacht, a northern Chinese firm, dba XSYacht, has launched its first hull, targeting Chinese, Southeast Asian,… Read more »

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Soft-Wing Sport Boat

The men from Down Under—brothers Greg and Patrick Johnston—who described their revolutionary “soft” sail system in Professional BoatBuilder No. 140 (“Working-Class Wing”), and in more detail on our website… Read more »