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.

An homage to the clean lines and simplicity of the classic fiberglass 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, the first deck has been produced 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 much more coming from Thoroughbred!


A 39′-6″ x 8′-1″ 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, the cockpit liner and enclosure and wood veneers where it counts for beauty. A sun shade over the aft cockpit, A/C in the cabin, pressure water, fridge/freezer and MSD forward provide 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 is twin 300 h.p. diesel inboards.  She’s just waiting to be built.


This little boat started life as a very simple plywood fishing skiff designed by Howard Chapelle. Admiring Howard’s design, I grew the boat to 19′ to handle a 25 h.p. outboard and provide a cuddy for storage and an msd. Patterns and plans to build this boat can be made available.

44′ Ketch

Designed as comfortable weekend cruiser for a couple, this 44′ Cruising Ketch is a work in progress. Started in 2000 but put on hold, I will update this design and chip away at her as time permits.