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Old 09-02-2014, 06:11 PM   #1
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A different trawler

A Visit Aboard RAVEN, Form Following Function - OffCenterHarbor.com

Leif Knutsen's trawler Raven, too clever by half?

About 28' by 12', with a 20HP Yanmar that gives him 7 knots.
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Old 09-02-2014, 06:46 PM   #2
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Being an obvious proponent of form following function, there's a lot of valuable info and tips there that are helpful to anyone in the process of choosing, modifying, or building their "functional" dream. A lot to take in. Thanks for that link, Tad.
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Old 09-02-2014, 07:12 PM   #3
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Amazing! Bet it took this guy all of 60 seconds to solve Rubik's Cube.

The only flaw I see in his design is his choice of anchor . . .
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Old 09-02-2014, 07:38 PM   #4
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Great little boat, believe it was posted in the interesting boats thread but this video is amazing.
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Old 09-02-2014, 07:42 PM   #5
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"Leif Knutsen's trawler Raven, too clever by half?"
I think he really enjoys woodworking and all the little movable bits were an expression of the woodworkers art.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:45 PM   #6
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Tad--- That is the coolest thing I've ever seen in all my years of being involved with boats, here and in Hawaii. Not just because the boat is a wonderful design for these PNW waters, but because of the ingenuity and practicality he put into every aspect of a boat.

It's great to know there are people with that kind of mind and those kinds of skills out and about.

Thanks a bunch for putting that link up. I'm going to remember what this guy did-- and his attitude toward what a boat should be--- for the rest of my life.
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:19 PM   #7
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My generator burns more then his boat at flank!

Tad, thanks for sharing. That was great, what a practical and well thought out boat.
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I bet his rudder doubles as a pancake griddle.
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:48 PM   #9
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There are a couple of things about Raven that bother me, but in general I really admire the open plan and flexible space.

I'm not sure about the "moving floor". I built my house and my boat, I don't have the house any more but I can/could walk through either of them with my eyes closed and not miss a step. In Raven you might spend a lot of time wondering if that floor is there or not? And I really don't like loose floor boards in a boat that goes to sea. I'll guess she's fine most of the time inside here, but there could be a problem in short-sharp seas.

The too-low roof over the after deck bothered me for a while. But once you've seen the boat and noticed the dinghy storage is in that aft deck, it makes some sense.
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Old 09-03-2014, 02:32 PM   #10
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Very interesting boat. Reminds me of one of those wooden jigsaw puzzle that toddlers play with. But seriously, I love his thought process and how everything has multiple functions. The combination head/wet bar...I'll bet no one ever thought of combining those two functions before.
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Very interesting design - reminds me of a kid's 'Transformer' toy. I suppose the smaller the boat, the greater the requirement to have multi-functioning elements.

I find it inconvenient at times to have to convert an up galley from salon mode to 'kitchen' mode on my 34. On that boat, you'd spend a lot of time converting between multi-functions.
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Old 09-03-2014, 03:26 PM   #12
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I got a sore butt watching that video - I didn't see a single cushion anywhere!
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If he was 65 years younger he would probably be a transformer toy fan.
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:42 PM   #14
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This is what I call Naval Art.

A firm example of Human creative engineering.

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