While we look at the project as a whole, there are three main areas of development. The design side is where the general arrangement and styling is developed with the technical spaces and ergonomics combined into a beautiful and efficient deign. For sophisticated interiors, an interior designer becomes part of the design team.
Naval architecture is where the optimum underwater shape is developed. Priorities vary from 100% performance for racing yachts shifting to seaworthy shapes for round the world cruising or specific comfort goals with minimum drag for motor yachts. We may use traditional tank testing to prove a new design concept but more often we utilise advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) programmes including RANS code testing (Reynolds average Navio Stoke equations) to minimise the effect of turbulence and viscous and frictional resistance within the boundary layers surrounding the hull.
The other area of development is engineering and structures where the hull and deck loads and stresses are carefully analysed to devise a reliable yacht and form the platform to refine the optimum construction method with the builder.
While often part of the overall monocoque construction, the deck design of a sailing yacht also requires key input from the skipper and or owner/manager to work with the design team to determine the optimum layout for fittings and equipment so that these high load areas are taken into account during the engineering stage.
Styling and the overall aero shape are also major considerations during deck design stages and are particularly important with motor yachts. With our ground-breaking MY78 design Bill and Me for instance, the aerodynamic shape of the coachroof is not only pleasing to the eye but also very practical in venting the superstructure and carrying away the noise. The faster she goes, the lower the noise levels.
Today, the environmental imprint that a vessel makes can be as important to owners as performance. There is far greater demand for hybrid propulsion systems at one of the end the scale as in our MC155 powered trimaran and the all electric propulsion system used in our classic 7m wooden e-commuter boat now leading the charge to eradicate fossil fuel pollution in Lake Como.
This continuous research and development, gives us the flexibility to produce a wide range of sailing and motor yachts, monohulls and multihulls. This cross breeding with each new project increases our knowledge base and stimulates greater awareness to develop new ideas. Naval architecture and advanced engineering are well covered within the team, which allows for a greater degree of design freedom.
All our boats share a core essence based on the purest aspects of yacht design, which makes them both unique and timeless. Whether it is a racing yacht designed to a particular rule, a series built boat, superyacht or powered trimaran, this solid design approach produces the desired solution to meet the requirements of each project.
We are well experienced with the latest hybrid propulsion and onboard control systems, naval architecture and advanced engineering including computational fluid dynamics and RANS code testing, and apply proven technology and common sense solutions to answer complex design issues. We also support the client and yard throughout the design, construction and delivery process, and often find ourselves racing and cruising aboard these masterpieces long after the launch and trials are complete.