Just a couple more boats from the Southampton show. Above is a very shiny GRP rowing/sailing/motor boat from Per Nilsson, a company founded by a Swedish sea captain in Calstock, Cornwall over a hundred years ago.
The most evident features of the boat are a big strake along the side and its slight reverse sheer. Now, I am a fan of reverse sheer and its 1930s speedboat look, but you need a firmer line to give character. This half-hearted sheerline makes it look rather lumpy and unnatractive. Also on display was the Trinity 500, the Sea Cadets' new training boat. It is rotomoulded and rather horrid. You really couldn't row this thing with pride. A boat designed by a committee, probably mostly consisting of media relations advisers, health and safety experts and industrial design gurus.