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Welcome to Robert H. Perry Yacht Designers

Welcome to my website:

Tom Larsen my old pal moved back to Denmark about 5 years ago just after getting the web site up and running. Between Tom’s busy new life and my natural born laziness the website got neglected. The good news is that Russell Ost has taken over the care and feeding of my website. Russell is a San Francisco sailor who’s business brings him to the PNW regularly. This will give us the chance to sit down face to face and go over ways to improve the website. Russell knows boats well and there is every indication that we will get along well.

I am far from retired. Fact is, I am not going to retire. Most people retire so they can finally do what they have always wanted to do. I have been doing what I always wanted to do since I was 20 years old and that was 54 years ago. I’m getting pretty good at it. I have a lot of boats sailing back and forth in my head just busting to get out. I’d love to discuss any design projects you have in mind.

My activity on Facebook has increased. A couple of years ago I was pleasantly surprised to see someone had started a Robert H. Perry Yacht Designer Fan Club. When I found the fan club there were about 350 members. As of today there are 5,610 members and it is a very active place. All you have to do to qualify for membership is to name one Perry design. I am on the page daily and I do my best to keep the pot stirred.

Many thanks to Tom Larsen for his years of attention to this website.

Welcome on board Russell Ost.

Bob P.

The 2020 Perry Rendezvous at Port Ludlow is now scheduled

Mark your calendars for August 21-23

The Perry Rendezvous is an annual gathering of Perry boat owners and friends, it takes place late August in Port Ludlow. For marina details and moorage information call the marina at 360-437-0513 or visit the Port Ludlow Marina website.
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Currently in Design - Captain Rob's 95' Ketch

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I get some unusual design commissions but this is the first time another yacht designer has asked me to design a boat for him. Rob Leighton, I call him Captain Rob, is an accomplished yacht designer and builder. We met on Facebook. Rob was interested in the designs I did for Ta Chaio in Taiwan, the CT 48, 54, 56 and 65. I also had some preliminary drawings for a Ct 85 but it was never built. Rob liked the romantic character of the “clipper” style ketches. Rob lives in the Philippines but is originally from the area where I now live. He is a retired Boeing composites engineer. He contacted me and said he was going to be in my area and wanted to stop by my office. Rob showed up at my beach shack one morning and we had a nice chat for about half and hour then he said, “How do we start?” He was serious. Rob had my attention.

Rob wanted an 85’ for work with his company Isla Aid doing mission work in the outer islands of the Phillipines and Micronesia. They work with sailing youth camps. Do emergency response work ferrying doctors and construction teams to remote areas hit by natural disasters. The boat will also do some chartering. Rob has a 58’er now for this work but it has proven too small. He wanted an 85’ boat with enough room to carry 14, crew and guests. I drew preliminary drawings for an 85’er. The layout was working fine. We even had a “clinic” room for minor surgical procedures. But the profile was not working, too much house for too little hull. Rob called and said, “Let’s make it 90’LOD.” I said, “Let’s make it 95’ LOD.” Rob said “Fine.”

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Currently in Build - Four Carbon Cutters at Betts Boats

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Make no mistake, this has been from the start a very different kind of project. If I sound nonchalant about it I am far from that.

The purpose for this design is for it to be a rugged and strong boat capable of keeping a crew of four comfortable at sea for long periods of time. When the preliminary design was finished we, Jim Betts the builder and I, were told that the first four boats are spoken for. We had assumed we were working on one, single boat. Wrong! Four boats. Read more.

Recently Completed - Francis Lee

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I have known Kim for over 20 years. In that time we have discussed our mutual interest in the history of yacht design and various boats that appealed to both of us. Kim has an amazing library of things yachting with an emphasis on design. Kim also has a history of owning skinny boats. He just prefers narrow boats and can trace this preference back to cruising with his parents on their Dragon Class sloop.

So I wasn’t totally surprised when Kim finally called and suggested we get together to discuss a new boat. During that initial meeting we discussed our mutual love of double enders and our preference for narrow boats. For me narrow is a performance issue. Narrow boats sail well and are generally very well behaved. We like double enders because we just like the look. It’s an aesthetic element that clearly defines the boat. After about an hour I began to sketch and in short time Kim and I were in agreement on how to proceed. The boat evolved way beyond that initial sketch but the seed was planted and the formal part of the design process was initiated.

Drawings were emailed back and forth and soon we were honed in on a type with minimal overhangs, deep draft, narrow beam and a very modest interior layout. The boat was to be by design an “old man’s day sailer”. After some severe arm twisting I convinced Kim that the boat needed a comfortable interior if for nothing else than to satisfy his wife and his two sailing sons, Derek and Brent. The deck layout was to be fine tuned for one man’s operation of all sailing functions. Read more.
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The Taiwan Connection


Despite the fact that it is now about 20 years since I have actively worked in Taiwan my time there starting in about 1977 remains a very important part of my life. I connected to Taiwan. I was half way across a very busy intersection one Sunday afternoon when it flashed on me, “I am happy here.” I enjoyed the country, the people and of course the food. I maintain a huge collection of Taiwanese Facebook friends. I do my best to try to keep up on what is going on over there.

My Chinese name is Pang Roa Bor although I’ll answer to Da Beedse ( big nose). Read More.

Robert Perry Used Boat Consultation Service

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Bob offers his unbiased curmudgeonly service to clients who need a second or unvarnished opinion about the boat they are considering in the used market. Your webmaster mailed off a check to Seattle for just this purpose more than ten years ago. As it happened, we had common interests beyond boats and became very good friends. But, as far as Bob's advice, about which boats would suit my purpose, he was concise and not all hesitant to recommend boats by other designers. Bob will cut through the broker babble and marketing drivel and tell you, that there is no substitute for draft, but he knows that if you sail the Chesapeake Bay, a 7' draft will get you to the nearest sandbar and ultimate upwind performance will have to take a back seat to getting into your chosen anchorage.

Bob's advice is available for $500. That gives you one year's e-mail support with a couple of phone conversations thrown in. Bob will also provide pdf copies of relevant articles, he has written on various technical aspects of boats and performance. The better you can articulate your needs and practical constraints, the more value you will get out of the service. Bob is very, very good at sharpening your focus, but it is a two way street, if you are all over the map and completely unrealistic with respect to what the boat of your dreams will cost, Bob will show his curmudgeonly side until you come to your senses.

If you think the consulting fee is too much, then consider Bob's book: Yacht Design According to Perry as a low cost alternative. It provides a solid primer on many aspects of boat design and will also help you ask better questions, if you do engage as a consulting client.

For the truly frugal there is Cruising Anarchy, where Bob is a frequent poster. Be warned, the language is salty and the restaurant slogan "Tacky, yet delightfully unrefined" describes it well. However, when the conversation stays on track, an awful lot of useful information is available and a couple of collaborative design efforts with Bob as guiding light have taken place on the forum.

Since 1976 Bob has written the monthly design review column in Sailing Magazine where he reviews four boats in each issue. Chances are that the boat you are looking at is in the archive. You can find it here. Bob also writes technical articles for Good Old Boat.

Classic Perry Designs - Production Boats

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If you own one of my production designs, thanks very much for buying one of my designs. Few things make me happier than seeing people out enjoying sailing in one of my boats. It always gently reminds me that I didn’t “turn out just like Uncle Mick” my Mom’s twin brother and my favorite Uncle.
I have two suggestions for you: you may be interested in consultation so we can discuss your boat in detail and I can pass along what I have learned about your particular model. ( see the consultation section of the web site) You may also be interested in having a set of plans for your boat for reference. These can come in very handy. See the section of Drawings and Plans.

If you have random questions about your boat do not hesitate to call me. I’m kind of gruff and taciturn in person but having grown up in Australia I was taught that coming straight to the point is a good character trait. But here in the US I can often come off as “rude”. Don’t worry, I’m not rude all the time. I’d like to hear from you. My office is in my home so you can almost always reach me. If you email me and do not hear back within 24 hours I probably did not receive the email. I make a point of answering emails asap. If you bombard me with a long list of questions I will probably refer you to consultation. If you have one or two questions I’ll help any way I can. It’s sad to say this but in many cases I’m the last one left alive in some of these projects. I think it’s very important to keep the history and information surrounding these production boats alive and accessible.
I’m also interested in gathering all the digital photos that I can of my various designs. If you have any great photos of your boat please send them along to me so I can add them to my archives. You never know, your boat may show up on my web site one day.

If you live n the Pacific Northwest I have a mooring buoy right in front of my beach shack and you are very welcome to use it any time. I love to see my boats sitting peacefully I front of my shack. Just give me a heads up that you are coming. My GPS coordinates are:

N 48.06.021
W 122.20.734

If you can’t stop and spend the night just wave as you sail by. My shack is the only one on the beach with a red metal roof and solar panels on the south side.
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Classic Perry Custom Designs

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Bob will usually try to deflect the question about which one of his designs he considers his favorite. It used to be, that if you pressed him hard, Night Runner would be the first one he mentioned, but now Francis Lee is competing for the honor. The Perry custom designs tend to stand out in any harbor, and they are not all sail boats, there are a few power boats among them. Above you have Night Runner, and on the right Wild Horses, a frequent visitor at the Perry Rendezvous. Just below is Woodson, the launch for the Little Palm Island Resort in the Florida keys, then a 116' racing canoe for a Samoan village and Capaz a 50' motor sailer. For more detail on custom projects go here.
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The Cartoon Boats

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December sees a flurry of very special boats leave Bob's drawing board. They are the cartoon boats Bob draws for his friends as Christmas cards. What the casual observer may sense, is that these are not simply drawings of random boats. Each and every one is in fact carefully drawn to illustrate a particular theme that relates to the recipient. The drawings are treasured gifts and they also appear on the T-shirts made for the annual Perry Rendezvous. See more cartoons here.
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