Sat, 14 Oct|
Whangārei Art Museum
Talk – Ocean Cruising: A 1980's lifestyle with philosophical and practical conclusions
By Gary Underwood
14 Oct 2023, 3:00 pm
Whangārei Art Museum, 91 Dent Street, Town Basin, Whangārei 0110, New Zealand
Apart from those in the know, architect/designer Gary Underwood flies under the radar. But over the last 40 years he’s designed many fascinating and innovative boats, often for those on limited budgets.
Despite the variety there are some common traits. Underwood abhors the Swiss army knife approach to boat design – he likes to start from square one: how will the boat actually be used? “The closer you can pin down that purpose, the better it will be solved.”
Most of his boats are designed to be built from plywood – “laminated cellular fibre” he calls it – which is strong, light, easily worked and, provided it’s coated and/or sheathed in epoxy, long lasting.