The Blue Blazer 25 was an unusual design request by one of my favorite customers. Jack had just purchased a weekend abode in Newport Rhode Island and needed a boat to use on his trips up there. He called me on a wet and cold winter day with the following requirements for his new boat. He didn’t need a boat that had lavish accommodations and he really didn’t need a lot of the gear that might go on a boat that had more serious cruising aspirations. This was intended to be a simple boat that he could travel around the harbor looking at other boats and seascapes, alone or with a pack of friends. The major use of the boat was to be in the summer months during the short New England boating season. The days would inevitably be warm and fair as he could afford the time to pick his boating days for ideal conditions and so outside standup steering was selected as the best option for control of the boat.
With my own weather being raw, wet, and cold at times, it’s difficult to be empathetic with the concept of the fair-weather use of such a boat but I was committed to doing my best interpretation. So armed with Jack’s list of parameters of boat use and gear, I retreated to the back of the design office where most of the serious boat drawing takes place. The hull wasn’t that hard to work up a concept for since we already knew roughly how big she needed to be but I kept getting gummed up on Jack’s requirement that there be under cover sitting spots for at least two people. Every time I tried to sketch in a covered roof area, the whole thing started to look like a small pilothouse.