I've talked to Will (the main guy at Aeon) back when he ran Bayside Marine Services (I dont know if it's still an active shop or not). Pretty nice guy. About 5 years ago he just finished making the mold for the AEON. I originally went there to talk to him about his live wells (similar concept as the Hammerhead livewells) and he started telling me about the mold: a friend of his is a nautical engineer, had a CAD system, they designed the hull together... (thats the cliff note version from what I can remember). Its a completely different boat though.
It seems to me like a lot of the "florida bay/tower boats" got thier original ideas from the classic aquasports: Gause started rebuilding 22-2 and 196's before developing thier own molds as well as Dorado's 23 and the Shaffer 239 up here in Tampa. All really good versions of something we all love (and have minor obsessions with). You can even see some of the Aquasport lines in the Parker 23bay and the 22 ProLine Bay.
As other posts have stated: copying or getting hull ideas is widespread in the boat industry. There's a post over on THT (i think or maybe classicmako) about the lawsuit between Pathfinder and Shearwater a few years ago. Really interesting read about how minor - Its always easier to copy something after someone has already done the hard part: being original.
Interesting thoughts here boys.
Love2, I guess you meant the English gent, Will Leslie? I was wondering why Bayside's phone was always on answering machine.
You're right...he's a good guy.
And speaking of slicing and dicing...he offers a drop-in casting deck for a 22-2.
We had a similar discussion here a few months back regarding this boat, the model 2000 (scroll down)http://www.seamarkboats.com/Models_2200___2000.html