Leaders in Creative Yacht Design and Naval Architecture
The team of naval architects and engineers at Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architects (GCMNA) covers all aspects of a yacht's design from the first inspirational brainstorming session with you, the client, to the sea trials that validate the vessel's performance.
Our staff collaborates on all facets of the design and engineering to meet meticulously developed specifications. This integrated effort makes sure your yacht is of the highest quality and will be delivered in an efficient, timely and cost-effective manner.
But there is more to yacht design than efficiency and engineering formulas. To create the yacht that satisfies your dreams demands a balance of art and science, of creativity and technology, of appearance and performance.
It's this blend of artistry and naval architectural know-how that sets GCMNA apart. Our decades-long experience has taught us the skills to work in close cooperation with clients, shipyards and suppliers in North America, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. We offer all disciplines needed to create a world-class yacht — vision, originality, styling, naval architecture, engineering, mechanical and electrical systems, joinery, propulsion, and business acumen. Our careful preparations meet and exceed classification society and international standards. The best boats result from a collaborative effort between the owner and the design team. We work with you. We listen to you. Jointly developing the ideas for your yacht is exciting, rewarding and fun.
Although our design team has decades of experience in naval architecture, GCMNA is not the largest design firm on the globe. So how can we offer tailor-made, complete yacht design solutions?
We have invested in technology — in hardware and software — and, as important, in the training to use these systems effectively and creatively.
GCMNA can tailor each Design Package to the exact needs of our client. Depending on the client and their needs we provide various levels of Design, Naval Architecture and Engineering:
Phase 1 - Concept Stage - In this first Phase we develop the "Concept" of the yacht including the basic parameters, exterior look and space planning.
Phase 2 - Proof of Concept / Bid Package - This package is a complete bid package that allows the client to get a firm price on construction. In the case of an experienced shipyard this package is all they need to build the yacht.
Phase 3 - Detailed Design - This Phase includes all the Engineering, Naval Architecture and Interior Design / Decorating to build the Yacht.
Phase 4 - Interior Engineering - As a fourth Phase we can provide CNC Ready Interior Design.
Using the latest in Virtual Meeting technology, we have developed the in-house ability to communicate with clients and shipbuilders in real time any where in the world. No matter where you and the yacht builder are located, we communicate with you and the yard at the same time to solve problems or make changes during our discussions. To illustrate, let us assume that you, the design team and yacht builder are on-line reviewing the layout of the master stateroom. You'd like to try an alternate arrangement. Our naval architects pull up the stateroom's drawing and, sketching directly on an electronic drawing pad, change the configuration. Simultaneously, we discuss the implications of the alterations: How do the changes influence closet size? Are the heads affected? Must mechanical equipment be realigned? Our technology allows us to revise the layout until you are satisfied and the builder concurs the modifications are feasible.
GCMNA prepares the complete package
Often, yacht design and the construction phase of yacht building are separate entities. The naval architect prepares the profile, arrangements, interior and structural engineering. The builder creates or contracts out shop drawings and schematics for electrical and mechanical systems and joinery. The yard staff use their experience to install the pieces, sometimes puzzled about how it should all fit together. More planning, less puzzling. GCMNA can unite these different phases in a "virtual build process" and reduce on-site conflicts and changes. We design your yacht and know how it comes together, from the engineering specs to the decorations. Moreover, our complete approach makes excellent business sense. Here are just some of the advantages:
- All aspects of the yacht are integrated and all drawings are coordinated.
- All aspects of the yacht can be viewed in 3-D, including the schematics.
- Quality is controlled in one location.
- The business aspects are managed in one location.
- We troubleshoot and solve problems.
- Change orders are significantly reduced.
- It saves time.
- It saves money.
We have designed many projects with complete 3D Design (or Virtual Building) and know when it makes sense to do this and when to limit the the amount of 3D modelling. Again this is where the Team at GCMNA will tailor your Design to your needs.
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