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Old 08-19-2006, 04:55 PM
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I know that we have all waxed lyrical about the wonders of the designers from the US - very good they were too! But as a polite reminder - check out this first machine! It was hugely successful in the UK and around Europe - built I think in 1972/3. You can't deny it's stunning. A narrow beam, twin Kiekhaefer motors, and trophies galore! It was driven by Don Shead too! If I could wave a magic wand and bring it back.................
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Don shead is also the designer of the CUV .
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You are right Nigel! Shead is one of the best offshore designer and a very good driver.
Unowot,former Enfield Avenger of Tommy Sopwith in 1972,was one of the most beatiful boat of ever in offshore races.
It was my first winning boat that I see in the VBV edition of 1973. Unowot that year beat often a wild band of Cig 36'!
I saw it again in Viareggio in 1979 in Pobjoy version. Great sensations!
Then the other famous Don(Shead) designed a boat for Picchiotti-CUV but the italian shipyard don't realized a beautiful boat like the 37' of Enfield.
However the news 38' was very competitive in Europe,winning a lot of races for many years.
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A couple more Shead beauties......
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The lifting strakes are different than most Cigarette type boats, which strakes are better??? Seems the Europeans are always ahead, but why don't the americans use those same lifting strakes?
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Don shead is also the designer of the CUV .
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You are right Nigel! Shead is one of the best offshore designer and a very good driver.
Unowot,former Enfield Avenger of Tommy Sopwith in 1972,was one of the most beatiful boat of ever in offshore races.
It was my first winning boat that I see in the VBV edition of 1973. Unowot that year beat often a wild band of Cig 36'!
I saw it again in Viareggio in 1979 in Pobjoy version. Great sensations!
Then the other famous Don(Shead) designed a boat for Picchiotti-CUV but the italian shipyard don't realized a beautiful boat like the 37' of Enfield.
However the news 38' was very competitive in Europe,winning a lot of races for many years.
If I am correct he was also the first on to build the boats out of aluminum.
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Default Re: Don Shead designed racers!

More or less yes. I suspect there were the odd one or two out there beforehand. Merrick Lewis turbine boat - was that aluminium?? (not spelt incorrectly!!)

It's a shame that Don Shead is not designing raceboats these days - it would be fascinating to think of what might be out there on the circuit if he was still designing class 1 racers.

And something else occurred to me - when Blitz ran up the beach in 1976 at Cowes the boat received a severe dent as it hit the rocks. The two crew inside survived the whole ordeal - I can't imagine many other craft from that era surviving such an impact. The strength of aluminium!
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Notice how high & level the boat in post #4 is, idling along. It must be pretty light and well-balanced.
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