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Beauty and The Beast

12 Meter Gleam, 1937

JHHG3-1000253
JHHG3-1000274
JHHG3-1000270

Diamond For Ever, 1987

JHHG3-1000282
JHHG3-1000278
JHHG3-1000277

Aesthetics in sailboat design and our reactions to them are interesting. We find Gleam heartbreakingly beautiful and Diamond For Ever almost offensively ugly.

But I guess someone liked the lines of the latter enough to spend a huge amount of money building her and then refitting and lengthening her. Or was she one of those dreadful instances when a design looks fine on paper but terrible in real life (although that would not explain the refit)?

By the way, a boat does not have to be old, traditional and covered with varnish to look good. For example, I think these are great looking boats.

If you disagree with our tastes, you can buy Diamond For Ever for the bargain basement price of eight million euros. As far as I know Gleam is not for sale.

What do you think about boat aesthetics? Which boats do you find beautiful? Please leave a comment.

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