In today’s developing world one of the disadvantages of increased efficiency is the monotony in the appearance of many production boats. Looks are always a matter of personal taste of course, but the Fishers with their indefinable air of rightness and suitability of purpose always stands out in a crowd, qualities which elude so many designers and builders.
THE CONCEPTION OF THE FISHER
By far the most important task when designing truly capable craft is the necessity to perfect a hull whose lines would achieve the ability to perform in all weather conditions, under sail or power and especially both. The much lauded Marine Architect; Gordon Wyatt, was responsible for initiating these lines for the Fisher, from the Baltic Fisherman, a motor fishing vessel which enjoys a reputation amongst professional seamen for seaworthiness and the ability to work in extreme weather.
The Characteristics of this traditional shape were refined to give and easy entry, to soften pounding and help stability. A generous beam to promote buoyancy; A Canoe stern to minimise any broaching tendency; A 50% ballast ratio to create stiffness; And a long keel to ensure steady directional control which helps to balance the easily handled but powerful rigs.
Having resolved the hull shape, and given the outward appearance of the upmost rugged dependability, no less effort was given to the superstructure design. This incorporates wide side decks protected by high bulwarks, a safe working foredeck, deep self-draining cockpit and, of course, the characteristic trawler shape wheelhouse, with its built in warmth and comfort that enables the owner to sail year-round.