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more creative with a passion for marine design
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More than Forty Years experience development process and complete boat designs from 15 - 150 feet.
Bonnette Design Company
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Meet industrial designer Mark Bonnette and b3 design company. They represent a small but influential cadre of professionals in the recreational-marine industry who are shaping literally many of today's production yachts powerboats. B3 Design company has a pretty good idea of what's hot and what's not, in terms of styling and features.
The Mark Bonnette - president:
Differently trained people have a hand in the Marine design of boats and yachts: graduate naval architects and specialty-school yacht designers, of course, but also more than a few engineers who find themselves drawing general arrangements, profiles, and sections. Perhaps a greater number of boats are designed by men and women who learned by doing, usually as apprentices to experienced elders. Often overlooked is the industrial designer, educated at the university level to be fluent in a broad mix of products, manufacturing methods, and materials. If he or she can design a toaster and a golf cart, then why not a boat?
The Yamaha SR 230 can seat 10 in a bowrider configuration. "The compact 140-hp Yamaha jet drives allowed us to enhance water access by incorporating a center walk-through transom leading to this unusual stern layout. The client envisioned the swim platform as a 'private patio on the water,' equipped with rear facing seats and room for an optional dinette table. The cockpit is home to 14 storage compartments, including a ski locker." MB
Bonnette Design Portfolio
Today about 15%-25% of Bonnette's work is in other industries, and even the marine work is quite varied. Here's a sampling of the firm's recent projects:
- golf cart with 54 molded parts -custom interior of Boeing 747 for King Falid of Saudi Arabia, with burled elm. 24-carat-gold chair bases, special inlays, marble bathrooms, and a Mecca meter in every cabin.
-3D model of a breast-tumor extrac- tor for Fmagyn Medical Technologies in Michigan
-Trunk-release system for kids trapped in a car mink, commissioned by Magna Donnelly Corp.,Holland -vacuum-formed hot tub -recreational vehicles -seats for Grady-White -electrical plug-in connector for trucks and trailers
- new manufacturing process for Grand-Craft in which an entire hull side or half a hull bottom can be laminated on a bench and screwed on - electric motor controls for "Johnson" Outdoors. - gangplank in bow of Grand-Craft commuter for wheelchair entry and egress
The RV industry has a lot to offer: those vehicles have the same human scale as yachts and boats, with a head and galley, and they're made of similar materials and constructions. Our Company's background and experience directly apply. And, the timeline of shows is different.
In the marine sector
Every manufactured product in our lives was designed by someone, be it a stapler, armrest, train, plane automobile, yacht or boat.
In the marine sector this Company often think only of naval architects and yacht designers as doing the work.
With smaller production powerboats in particular, though where contemporary styling tied to the new concept of model years is considered a major factor in sales the industrial designer is as well or even better qualified to shape the looks of these vessels, bringing to die drawing board a broad education in materials, design, and manufacturing processes. Some People, like Mark Bonnette president of the B3 Design. specialize in vessels and powerboats because, like the rest of us, he loves 'em.
Range of Services
While design and 3D modeling occupy much of Bonnette Design's time these days, the firm's range of services is greater than that. The Bonnette Design's list includes:
Research, Concept exploration and Refinement, Illustration and marketing support Engineering, 3D modeling of surfaces, Rendering, Scale models, and foam mock-ups to verify the design concepts.
offers a sort of "cafeteria approach". "One client may ask the firm to clo only a research project on a new model, while another might wane an existing design modeled for CNC machining."
"Right now we're starting a new research project for one of our clients in which we'll identify the main competitors we want to gain information from, and determine the primary specifications to compare. We'll put together a chart based oil information collected from brochures, the Internet, and other sources, and then ask the client where they want to be. How much water? How much fuel? Length of boat? Do they want add-on platforms? Integrated platforms? The process helps define the current state of die art in this size of product. We can look at it and asK. Where do you want to fall within this range?' And that gives us our starting point. From there we can go into the concept exploration phase, where we begin applying lines to all of these ideas, and create the visual image of what the new boat is going to be." - said Bonnette.
The dealers are a big help here, too, knowing what is selling best.
Research can also produce surprising results. Nevertheless, the client had Bonnette put together a preliminary design package to show key dealers. But the dealers told management they didn't want the company to build this boat, because they carried competing brands like Hatteras ,New Bern, North Carolina, say, or Viking CNew Gretna, New Jersey. So management shelved the project.
In another instance, the Company researched deck boats for Godfrey Marine, which wanted to develop six models in three sizes. But research indicated a limited market for the sportier FunDeck series planned, so management decided they didn't need to be that aggressive.
Bonnette is an industrial design graduate of the University of Michigan. Following a three-year stint in San Diego, California, working in mass transit, he joined the staff at the University of Wisconsin-Stout He taught several design and illustration courses, including furniture design. After three years he moved to Seattle, WA , where he worked with Walter Dorwin Teague. A major client was Boeing, so Bonnette got to work on a variety of interesting projects, including the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 jetliners, as well as executive aircraft.
Bonnette's father worked for Slickcraft and that's how Bonnette got into the boat business. He also worked for S2 for seven years in S2 was a production sailboat builder, and one of several brands including Tiara and Pursuit started by Slikkers and then Bonnette left S2 to open his own firm, in Holland.
Bonnette's design activity grew. In the 1998 The marine industry went into a recession and the work stopped. Then start Making plugs. Bonnette has eight on staff now industrial designers, modelers, and computer technicians and he's looking for three more. Software preferences include Rhino, SolidWorks, and AutoCAD.
There really are only two basic lines: straight and curved, and the styling of many products swings between the two like a pendulum. To a large degree, automotive design drives the lines; it's the trendsetter, but to what extent he, as an industrial designer in the boating industry, can influence boat styles. Or is he simply swept along by forces beyond his control?
"There's a lot of inbreeding in the marine industry. No question but that there are practical reasons for some specific features: boats all have a pointy end and a flat end, to go through the water better. That said, there are different theories regarding powerboat bottom design parallel bottoms or warped bottoms or step bottoms, plus chines and snakes. Within this basic envelope there are nuances that make them quite different."
White is a practical feature, not just a styling feature. The sun is hot, and white reflects light - That's why most boats are white.
"There's a new trend in portlight and window design and boat manufacturers comply. Portlights with pinched elliptical shapes are the mainstream, but oval portlights and round portlights are still around. Azimut - Torino, Italy Company has used several round portlights and big, square, side windows. They probably started the trend of large windows in the hull side, or at least expanded that idea."
Now Pompanette NH has developed a system for building large windows in hull sides. The Sea Ray 55, exhibited at Miami recently, has large hull-side windows. That technology is now available ro us as designers, so you'll be seeing more of this.
Shapes can be anything you want." The Bonette also working on the opening portions of those windows. "That's a tricky business in a hull side, but it's also kind of exciting."
There was more creative design and freedom because of the materials.