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for its purpose. We are sailors and sea‐lovers, and at times have made 
our living on working boats ‐ so we are intensely practical in our de‐
signs. This is a company about boats that work. 
We design a variety of boats to match the customer's needs, and a 
high proportion of our work is commercial boat design. In the design of 
working boats, both looks and function are critical. Most working boats 
are used on a daily basis, whether for fishing, aquaculture (e.g. mussel 
harvesting), passenger transport, cargo, or as rescue boats. 
We carefully consider the fuel efficiency and speed conundrum, alter‐
native power systems, water and waste management on board, and 
crew comfort. In every case, it comes back to detail, designing a vessel 
which is fit for it's purpose.  
was de‐
signed for fishing out 
of the Port of Grey‐
mouth with it's noto‐
rious river bar. She 
proved to be a strong 
and stable vessel, 
and handled even the 
worst conditions.  
Design 221
is a 17m schooner-rigged mo-
tor sailer, currently exploring in the Nort
McBride Design Limited 
78A Vickerman St, Port Nelson, New Zea
Richard McBride – Managing Director 
Phone: (+64) 3 546 8019 
Charlie Noble
A Charley Noble is a galley smokestack often found on clas-
sic boats and yachts. It is believed that this item was named
after Charles Noble, a British merchant vessel captain (circa
1850), who made a point of having his crew polish his ship’s
copper stack often in order to keep the it shiny bright. Crew-
men dubbed the stack as the "Charley Noble” and it has
been called that ever since.
Dave Gerr says, “Here's a drawing and a photo. I'm not sure
these are exactly Charlie Nobles though. Most people would
call them Charlie Nobles (if they knew the term), but I seem
to recall that a true Charlie Noble has the T or H shape.
Maybe I'm mistaken? Do you know??”