Originally Posted by JeffDM
Frankly, the bow isn't helping either. There's a reason most bows are angled, it seems downright foolish to not angle the bow. This seems like doing something different only for the sake of doing something different.
Given how silly-austere it looks, the only thing keeping the exterior from looking like a hospital ship is a red cross.
Originally Posted by anonymouse
A plumb bow is not that uncommon, and you can see from the photo accompanying this article that the bow sections are significantly flared to throw the bow wave outward as the boat cuts through the water.
BTW, here's some images of boats with plumb bows, and as you can see, it's used even on "classic" designs, so it's not really an innovation: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=plumb+bow&qpvt=plumb+bow&FORM=IGRE
Interestingly, the long overhangs that we are used to seeing on sailboats of the first half of the last century were, although aesthetically pleasing, essentially a rules cheat. A boat would have a measured waterline length that would be significantly shorter than the actual waterline length when heeled under sail, and since a non-planing boat's maximum speed is determined by the length of the waterline, it would appear slower under the rule measurement than it really was.