Marine Design

Beautiful boats, affordably designed to be affordably built

Marine Design

Complete marine design services for modern and classic pleasure craft in composites and wood.

Design of elegant and period-correct internal and external hardware.

Computer lofting and fairing of vintage designs for restoration, preservation, reproduction and modification.

Production tooling, jigs and fixtures.

CNC kitting of self-aligning jigs, structural members and patterns.

Refit, repower and new arrangement design for existing vessels.

Marine drive-line design, steering components, exhaust systems, engine mounts and rigging layout.

Sourcing for trusted suppliers and product manufacturers.

Thoroughbred Boat Company U23

U23, a classic and elegant 23′ inboard runabout designed for Thoroughbred Boat Company of Manistee, Michigan.

Drawn with an homage to the clean lines and simplicity of the classic inboards of the 60’s, the U23 is thoroughly modern.  She’s designed with a deep V running surface for a smooth, dry ride, a propeller tunnel for improved efficiency and reduced draft and wood-free composite construction for longevity. Powered with a fuel injected 350h.p. V8, the rumble of her thru-hull exhaust is a subtle reminder to her design heritage. The molds are done and hull #1 is in process.  A good selection of color choices, canvas, finish and interior options is in the works. The U23 will touch the water Fall of 2020 for sea trials.  Visit Thoroughbred Boat Company’s Facebook page for dealer and customer inquiries, progress updates, production and facilities photos.  Stay tuned, there’s more models and much more coming from Thoroughbred!

Vixen

A 39′-10″ x 9′-10″ Beam Torpedo Stern twin screw launch with seating for 8.  To speed construction on a semi-custom basis, Vixen is designed to be a hybrid build utilizing CNC cut cold-molded composites for the hull & deck structures, molded FRP for the aft turtle deck shell, the cockpit and cabin liner and for’d enclosure. Wood veneers molded over composite sub skins provides warmth and beauty where it counts. A sun shade over the aft cockpit, A/C in the cabin, pressure water, fridge/freezer and MSD forward provides comfort and convenience for day trips. The aft turtle deck incorporates powered doors with a walk-thru to the aft cockpit area and a powered swim ladder. Power comes from twin 300 h.p. diesel inboards.  She’s just waiting to be built.

Waterman

Waterman started life as a very simple plywood fishing skiff designed by Howard Chapelle. Admiring Howard’s simple design, I revised the bottom and grew the boat to 19′ LOA x 6′-8″ Beam to handle a 25 h.p. outboard and provide a small cuddy for storage, protection from the weather and an msd. Designed as a home-build project that’s easily handled, stored and trailered, patterns and plans to build this pretty little boat can be made available.

44′ Ketch

Conservatively styled and designed as comfortable weekender for a couple, this 44′ Cruising Ketch is a work in progress. Started in the late -90s but put on hold to make time for life and work. The plan now is to update the design and rig and chip away at her as time permits. Stay tuned.