Design in one form or another has been my life’s focus since I can remember. Drawing one idea after another as a kid, I stayed with design all through my school and college years working my way through architecture, mechanical design, product development, production engineering and ultimately pleasurecraft design. It’s been a challenging and formative forty year professional journey. Growing up on the water, boating is a passion for me and marine design provides a fascinating challenge as it encompasses nearly every discipline within the engineering spectrum. Everything I’ve learned in previous disciplines is relevant to marine design. Drawing from this experience I listen to a client’s thoughts and wishes and work with them to evolve their vision into a tangible new creation to be enjoyed by them and their family for generations. The people, this process and being a part of their dream is incredibly rewarding.
Ken is a very rare combination of accomplished artist, craftsman, world-class boatbuilder and designer. To see his work in person is awe-inspiring and he brings tremendous talent and experience to whomever he’s working with. Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Ken’s boat building and fabrication career spans more than 37 years and encompasses all form of high-end composite and wood construction, pattern making & casting, metal fabrication, machining and even wood and composite bicycle building. Ken’s built and restored many boats and has won national awards including: Best In Class at Lake Tahoe, CA 2016, Bay Harbor, MI 2016 & 2017 and Hessel, MI 2016. Out of the blue he’ll get a call from clients the world-over to pack his tools and then they fly him to remote locations to oversee the repairs to their damaged yachts. As we both share a common love of design, custom cars, boats and engines it became clear that working alongside Ken would be very rewarding. His well-rounded professional experience is a tremendous asset to anyone in this industry.
Patrick is an insatiable math junkie and enjoys crunching crazy calculations, writing computer code and studying world history just for relaxation. Along with his mathematical bent, he’s also certified fluent in both French and Spanish and his skills opens doors to clientele in both the French and Spanish speaking areas of the globe. A world-traveler for the moment, Patrick is in Ecuador with his wife Anaela and working for a government-bonded translation firm handling diplomatic and legal communications. In his spare time he enjoys teaching both French and Spanish and tutoring upper-level math. As his father I’m proud to say Patrick comes on board and brings to the table a bachelor’s in Aeronautical Engineering (University of Michigan 2007), is just two classes shy of obtaining his Masters in Mechanical Engineering (Michigan Tech) and while home (fall of -18) passed his State of Michigan EIT (engineer in training) exam in pursuit of obtaining his Professional Engineer license (Michigan). Ask him anything, Patrick’s fun to work with and capable of amazing technical work.