Probably the most influential yacht designer of the late 20th century, it’s been said there are more sailboats cruising the worlds oceans designed by Bob Perry than any other designer. He remains best known for the his Valiant 40 design which went on to influence cruising sailboats by adding performance to a genre that had previously meant slow and heavy. Through his career he has designed boats for many well recognized names in the industry, such as Tayana, Cheoy Lee, Valiant, Baba, Ta Shing, Passport and Saga.

As a young boy he had a burning passion for yacht design. His first break came in 1970 working as an assistant Jay Benford’s offices who specialized in ferro-cement yachts that were becoming popular at the time. He went on to work in the offices of Dick Carter which gave Perry a taste of designing racing yachts to the IOR rule. Many of his subsequent cruising boat designs have been influenced by his days at the Carter office, Perry seems to bring a performance dimension to most of his designs.

His first design to make it to factory production was the Taiwanese built CT54 for John Edwards, founder Hans Christian Yachts. This connection lead on to a whole family of full keeled double enders for practically every Taiwanese yard exporting cruising yachts to the US during the 1970s and 80s including the Tayana 37, the most popular semi-custom boat built in that era. During those years Perry has evolved the full keel design to very much the state of the art to this present day.

Links, References and Further Reading

» Perry Yacht Designers Inc, Robert Perry Bio
» Yacht Design According to Perry, My Boats and What Shaped Them, by Robert Perry, ISBN 978-0071465571

Robert Perry Designs

Aloha 26
Baba 30, #91, 1976
Baba 35, #105, 1979
Baba 40 (Panda 40 / Tashiba 40), #116, 1980
Bahama 28
Cheoy Lee 35
Cheoy Lee 43 M.S.
Cheoy Lee 44, #96, 1978
Cheoy Lee 48, #110, 1979
Cheoy Lee Golden Wave 42, #128, 1980
CT 48, #164
CT 54 (Hans Christian 54), #60
CT 56
CT 65, #136
Fairweather Mariner 38
Hans Christian 34 Traditional
Islander 26
Islander 28, #76, 1974
Islander 32, #80, 1975
Islander 34
Islander Freeport 36, #87, 1977
Islander Freeport 38
LaFitte 44, #100, 1978
LaFitte 66, 1985
Mirage 25
Mirage 27
Mirage 30
Mirage 33
Mirage 35
Nassau 42
Nassau 45
Nordic 34
Nordic 40
Nordic 44
Norseman 447
Passport 37, #157, 1984
Passport 40, #112, 1980
Passport 41, #116, 1987
Passport 44
Passport 47, #149, 1983
Passport 49
Passport 50
Perrywinkle 8
Perrywinkle 10
Polaris 43
Saga 35
Saga 43
Seamaster 46
South Pacific 42
Southern Offshore 42
Tashiba 31, 1986
Tashiba 36, #167, 1986
Tatoosh 42
Tatoosh 51
Tayana 37, #70, 1975
Tayana 47 / Tayana 48
Tayana 52
Valiant 32, #85
Valiant Esprit 37, #94, 1977 / Valiant 39, 1995
Valiant 40, #63, 1973 / Valiant 42, 1992
Valiant 47 / Valiant 50
Westsail 38
White Wing 36