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Robert B Harris Naval Architect and Designer
Synonymous with the VANCOUVER range of yachts the late Robert B Harris was a Canadian naval architect based in Vancouver BC In 1972 he produced the design for the Vancouver 27 having been commissioned to design a yacht for a couple to sail from Seattle to New Zealand. He was well know for his multihull designs but the Vancouver design brought his name to much acclaim in the yachting fraternity. MORE
The success of the Vancouver range of yachts is legendary and the design is respected the world over with yachts ranging from 25 feet to 50 plus feet all from the board of Robert B Harris.
The legend started with the Vancouver 27 built by Pheon Yachts Ltd in Newhaven.
Andrew Dandridge Designer
Son of John Dandridge, the founder of Pheon Yachts Ltd, Andrew Dandridge was design and production director of the company. He qualified as a designer 1976 joining Pheon Yachts Ltd straight from college where he qualified with a BA(Hons) in 3D and Interior Design.
Working alongside his father he developed and refined the design and build of both the Vancouver 27 and 32 into the yachts they are today. Andrew was also the designer of the Vancouver 32 Pilot variation. These yacht designs are now built by Northshore at Itchenor being the Vancouver 28 and 34. The Vancouver 28 was first built at Pheon Yachts Ltd and is still being built today to the same design developed by Andrew Dandridge. The Vancouver 34 is the extended Vancouver 32 but it has changed only a little from the initial design also developed by Andrew Dandridge. MORE
Rupert Smith Associate Marine Surveyor and Technical Adviser
Rupert Smith has been involved with boat building and repair since 1981. During this time he has helped build, repair and fit out a wide variety of vessels from dinghies to sail training vessels and river cruisers to RNLI lifeboats. Indeed he was employed for five years by Pheon Yachts Ltd fitting out Vancouver yachts during the 1980s.
Initially he trained at the IBTC in Lowestoft, where practical boat building skills were learnt and a distinction gained. After ten years "on the tools", time was taken out to study. He graduated with a B.Eng(Hons) in Yacht & Powercraft Design and has achieved membership of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects.
Rupert has sailed extensively, from the age of 4, beginning with the family Mirror dinghy in the late sixties, at Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club. Since then a wide variety of dinghies have been raced to various standards as well as local yacht racing. He currently races a Fireball, with some moderate success, winning the 2005, 2006 and 2011 National and 2005 European "Classic" Fireball championships.
In his spare time he has introduced his young family to narrow boating, and he is currently Commodore of Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club.