Engineering & Design

Design and Engineering - Exceptional Advantages

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.

Here are some examples of what we do differently.

3-D Modeling

We provide you with drawings of every aspect of the yacht in 3-D model images. This type of modeling yields clear-cut advantages. You can view your yacht from every angle, inside and out. In addition, 3-D imaging is more exact and often reveals unused spaces that can be made available for such things as fender storage or built-in seating. With our precision design, portions of the yacht can be constructed anywhere the skills are available.

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Developing the hull's structure depends in part on its material — steel, aluminum or composite. As part of designing the yacht's structural integrity, we specify the scantlings or laminate schedule of the hull, decks and superstructure, as well as those areas needing additional reinforcement, stiffness and strength.

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Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a computerized method for predicting how a product reacts to real-world forces, vibration, heat, fluid flow, and other physical effects. The team at GCMNA routinely uses this computer modeling to engineer structures that are resilient and provide the longest predictable life span under the conditions they are subject to.

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Interior Design

Except for the first, exterior view of a yacht, the interior is the vessel's most visible part, often the one that elicits the greatest input from owners and their families. That's why GCMNA plans interior spaces with such painstaking detail well in advance of construction. Early in the design process, we prepare a specification list for each of the living spaces, as well as samples of the "show cabin" allowing many different choices of materials.

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Tank Testing

No matter how beautiful or comfortable your yacht is when moored, how it performs when moving through the water is key to how satisfied you'll be with your vessel. That is why GCMNA studies and analyzes the hydrodynamic properties of your yacht. Using a combination of informational tools and computational fluid dynamics, we model your hull and its attachments to reduce drag, enhance manoeuvrability, maximize seakeeping ability and optimize performance.

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Mechanical and Electrical Systems

GCMNA has long experience designing mechanical and electrical systems. We use software as an accurate and complete tool to ensure that such parts as pipes, joints, valves, cabling and connectors are correctly chosen and fit precisely. Our 3-D schematics instruct yard staff on the exact placement sequence, thereby increasing the efficiency of the installation.

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