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Robert Tucker 

Robert Tucker, who died in 1998, was a prolific designer during the 1950/60/70s of all types of craft between 12'-75' in many different materials, but was most famous for "pocket cruisers" in the 16 - 25 foot range in plywood and grp, many intended for home construction or completion. His designs were built in huge numbers and as well as the Matilda 16 & 20, include such well known models as the Silhouette, Caprice, Debutante, Gallant, Newbridge Navigator, Tucker 24, Corribee (and Coromandel derivative), Ballerina and Princess, many other production series, one off designs of all sizes and also motor boats such as the Lochin and Moonraker.

The Matilda was designed after a request from a leading Australian lawyer, and, of course, the "Matilda" name does give it an Australian flavour! The Matilda Association in Victoria, Australia (now long wound up) believe the design was especially suited to conditions in Victorian Port Phillip Bay and surrounding coastal waters, where it can change from flat to a 30' swell in a few miles or blow from the North one hour and swing to the West or South and triple in wind speed in a matter of two hours  - the Matilda 20 certainly has a reputation for being a capable boat when the going gets tougher.

Since 1978, "Tucker Designs" has been run by Robert's son Tony and has specialized mainly in steel hulled designs. However, Tony also designed the Pippin 20 which looks like an updated version of the Matilda 20 and shares the same broad beam, and spacious interior. This is made and sold by a separate company called Pippin Yachts, and more details can be found on the Pippin Yachts website.

Tucker Designs and their detailed website can be found at:
Tucker Designs, 15 Wrensfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1 1RN, UK
Tel +44 (0) 1442 253 775
Fax +44 (0) 1442 236 928
Website: www.tucker-designs.com 
E-mail: info@tucker-designs.com 
Contact: Tony Tucker tony@tucker-designs.com 
Architects: Tony Tucker, Tim Drury
Specialization: Power and sail design, marine survey and consultation

Last updated  26 February, 2007 - Matilda Owners Association.