One of the most interesting new designs at the Beale Park Thames Boat Show was Colin Cumming's Pathfinder 4, the latest in a series of innovative boats from this engineer-turned-boatbuilder. It is intended for raids, so it needs to row well in addition to having sparkling performance under sail. So Colin has created an extreme hull, rather like a racing shell with wings. The idea is that when rowed upright she will have a very low wetted area and therefore be easy to push along, and under sail will heel onto the 'wing' to stabilise her.
I wanted to try her out but somehow missed the opportunity. It will be fascinating to see how the Pathfinder 4 performs in raids.
Chris Perkins advised on the build, and took these pictures - more here.