"At the time we noticed that people were interested in classic design, from cars to clothes," said Purcell. "Our updated designs from the 1950s and 1960s have driven our production ever since." La Belle Hélène is hull number 456 and is based on the Huckins 56 Linwood model, originally introduced in 1950. Her reverse transom masks an integral swim platform, which seems a practical compromise to tradition and accounts for her length overall (60 feet, 3 inches). Her styling has been refined: It's a bit softer and has more curves than Frank Huckins might have liked. Such features were not efficient in wood construction. The gentle rise of her slightly reverse sheer, her proud chine, and the conservative rake of her stem are trademark Huckins. So too is the sensible cut of her deckhouse and the sweep of her rails. Custom-cast deck hardware and hatches that Frank Huckins patented in the 1950s accent these styling cues. But La Belle Hélène's rich dark-blue hull and white house are in tune with the times. In Frank Huckins's day it would have been light gray for the hull and off-white for the superstructure and interior. While Huckins insisted his goal was to reduce eye fatigue, I suspect production efficiency was also a consideration.