Emil and Susan Dopyera came to me initially when they were outfitting their schooner for a circumnavigation. We got along well so I was not overly surprised when they came back years later with an idea for their “final boat”. The new boat would be a hybrid trawler yacht/ sailing yacht. It was a tough challenge but I like tough challenges so I plunged into the project.
The idea was a boat with all the comforts of a trawler that would be at home in Alaska or Mexico while preserving some sailing performance. I came up with a very traditional looking hull and deck structure that fit the requirements well. But after approaching a few yards it became apparent that the allotted budget was not enough to build a one off in the style that suited the Dopyera's. The project laid around for a long while but was eventually shelved when Emil and Susan bought a Grand Banks.
But I have always loved this design for its distinctive look and unusually practical accommodation plan. With 3D modeling help from my pal Rick “Sonadora” Beddoe we brought this boat to life. Rick’s 3D work is beautiful.