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Good Jibes Episode #90: Merf Owen on Famous Naval Architecture

This week’s host, Moe Roddy, is joined by world-renowned naval architect Merf Owen of Owen Clarke Design. Merf is a “hands-on sailor-designer,” with 250,000 miles of offshore sailing experience — including a climbing/sailing expedition above the Arctic Circle — and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects.

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How was Merf’s first time on a boat?
© 2023 Merf Owen

Hear what opened Merf’s eyes to wanderlust, how he got interested in yacht design, his favorite boats that he designed, what makes a strong boat and a strong design team, and how the people you meet can propel you forward in your career and in life.

This episode covers everything from yacht design to racing. Here’s a small sample:

  • Where did Merf grow up?
  • What’s the difference between the Merchant Navy and the Royal Navy?
  • Where is Fiery Cross now?
  • How does Merf decide which boats to design?
  • What special design elements did Kingfisher have?
  • How did Merf design Kingfisher?
  • What was he doing during the Falklands War?
  • Short Tacks: monohull or multihull?

Learn more about Merf at

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