Capabilities

Materials

- Steel and stainless steel
- Aluminium
- Titanium
- Composites
- Plastics

3D CAD Design

- 3D modelling
- Photo realistic rendering
- Joint design
- Design optimisation

Analysis

- Hand analysis
- FE analysis
- Fatigue analysis

Systems Engineering

- Specifications
- Requirements
- Testing & verification
- Documentation

IP Protection

- Patent process
- Prior art
- Costs and benefits

 

Design Process

The goal of the design process is to develop a boat which meets as far as possible the owner’s requirements whilst staying within the limits of good engineering practice.

The project kicks off with an extensive consultation phase to find out what the boat is going to be used for and what the owner’s preferences are. The outputs of this phase are the general dimensions of the boat, displacement estimate and first styling ideas.

Once the requirements are defined first 3D sketches are developed. With modern software it is quite easy to produce 3D surfaces to represent the boat. With 3D models it is easy to measure the displacement, headroom and other important dimensions. After this phase the hull and deck geometry is defined and the main structural members like bulkheads and stringers are put into place. Construction of the hull tooling and deck tooling can commence.

The next phase is to develop the interior and deck lay out. This is again done in close collaboration with the owner. Usually ideas are discussed over the phone and the 3D model is updated showing the proposals. The model is updated until it meets the owner’s requirements. During this phase clearances and dimensions are checked to ensure everything works as intended. This is where a detailed 3D model becomes invaluable. Once the design of an area of the boat has been finalised the structure is analysed to the relevant codes and production drawings are created from the 3D model.

The construction drawings can be sent electronically in full size and therefore it is easy to feed the data into computer controlled cutting machines or large size printers anywhere in the world. The result of this approach is that parts are built to very small tolerances and fit 100% first time. It is also possible to create photorealistic renderings of the design so that the owner has a good idea of what the finished product will look like.