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Dubois - excellence in naval architecture the naval architects' biggest design in the world Naval Architects team, has been at the centre of world yacht design, perfectly balanced large sail yachts and motor yachts that are also significant pieces of engineering.

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Amazing yacht(sail & motor) design and excellence in naval architecture


Dubois Naval Architects Ltd.
Beck Farm
SO41 5SR
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1590 626666
[email protected]


Sailing super yachts

have combined manmade beauty with nature.

Ed Dubois and Dubois design,Piece of History

Ed Dubois has been obsessed with sailing boats ever since he was a five-year-old, when he used to make model boats and sail (or sink) them on the Round Pond in London's Kensington Gardens, assisted by a very patient father. He went on to learn to sail aged 13 at a summer camp in Milford Haven, which had the primary objective of teaching schoolboys responsibility for themselves and otners through sailing. His first boat was an old Hornet (a centreboard 16-footer designed by Jack Holt who was awarded an OBE for his services to sailing), which he restored and modified himself.

"It wasn't just something I wanted to do; it was a need thing," he insists. "I wanted to be a yacht designer from the age of 16 and it wasn't a question of if, it was a question of when. I don't know where it came from, but I was completely driven." The rest, to coin a phrase, is history. After designing a string of winning race boats under the International Offshore Rule (IOR) and production boats for the likes of Westerly and Beneteau, his first 100ft-plus project, Aquel II, came along in 1985 and was built in New Zealand for an American client. Owner Neville Crichton saw the boat, liked it, and so began a working relationship that continues to this day with the 46m motoryacht in build at Feadship - his eighth Dubois design. The New Zealander's first Dubois yacht was Esprit (now Eclipse), followed by Espada (now known as Sea Quell), both built by Alloy Yachts. This early awareness Dubois to insist on managing not just the naval architecture, but also the interior and exterior yacht lines.

Dubois Conception,team of naval architects and designers

Dubois is very much the public face of the studio he heads up. His back-office associates include long-term business partner Malcolm McKeon and a committed team of naval architects and designers, some of whom have been with him for more than 20 years. This continuity of co-workers has certainly helped to maintain momentum in a company that enjoys an annual turnover of four million GBP or more. "Ultimately, the key to any business is the driving force and the ability of the person who founded it, but you do need a good team behind you," agrees Dubois. "If I landed under the proverbial Clapham omnibus tomorrow, these guys could continue - it certainly wouldn't stop without me. We've been lucky to enter the industry when we did, designing successful race boats and establishing the concept of architecture on the water before a lot of others.

Then there is the relationship with our clients, which is priceless. And lastly there is the advantage that we have a brand, just like Wally or Perini, but unlike them we can choose to build with any world shipyard.

Two things that matter,when Buying A Yacht

There are only two things that matter when you're considering something as inessential and expensive as a super-yacht,- The first thing is quality, because you'd be pretty upset if the loo doesn't work after spending all that money or the air conditioning's faulty.

The second thing is the value-to-cost ratio. In other words, what you pay for it and what you can get for it in five years' time. Alloy Yachts has been in a different league in this respect with regard to sailboats, partly due to the once relative weakness of the Kiwi dollar, but also because they do a fantastic job. Equally, I would suggest that Feadship is in its own league when it comes to the resale value of motoryachts.

Design in productions

New:The Dubois 101 Super Yacht , when she's launched in 2016 will be the biggest naval architects - design project.

The Dubois

- Elegant, slender and balanced lines, designed to sail upwind like a witch. One of the key starting design points was to combine minimum draught with maximum performance.

the 'Dubois' 101 Super Yacht 3d photo

The Dubois 101 will scale new heights, too, with a rig that is 125m tall, and her 42m boom will be longer than many other super yachts are overall. Designed to cruise to other areas and islands , so it needed to have a max speed of 45 knots and be capable of 25 knots in 1,5m seas. Dimensions like these will push the boundaries of yacht design for many suppliers like sail makers and deck and hardware manufacturers.

The elegant lines of the Dubois give her the air of a grand-prix racer.

Yacht Dimensions:

LOA 101m 331ft Oin
LWL 89.3m 293ft Oin
Beam 15.98m 52ft 5in
Draught (cb down/up) 16m/4m 52ft/13ft
Displacement 2.000 tonnes
Air draught 125m 410ft 2in
Sail area 4.362m2 14.311ft2

By comparison stumpy , yet still very much in keeping with offshore modern trends - along with a plumb bow, elegantly sloping stern and modest freeboard.

"Once we had decided on the centreboard, it was clear that twin rudders were going to be the most likely configuration in order to keep within the canoe body draught. Positioning them as far aft as possible ensured that they could extend as deep as possible, but there was a balance to be struck. Moving them too far aft meant that they would clear the water too early when heele. "These rudders will operate differently to boats like Open 60s and V070s where the windward rudder lifts out of the water completely to reduce drag. Ours work more like a biplane wing, creating enough lift between the two in conditions when the boat needs it." Dubois explains.

Loretta Anne Design

- Streamlined elegance Loretta Anne super yacht

NAVAL and Exterior by Dubois Naval Architects

Together with Alloy Yachts shipbuilders and Donald Starkey Design they went out of their way to make the Loretta Anne super yacht a combination of timeless looks and excellent seakeeping As the owner's third 47 m yacht with this build team, yacht leaves little to be desired.Maximised the outdoor and communal spaces "two-and-a-half decks"- Due to her size - 47 m , there was still plenty of space on the main deck to put the galley.Loretta Anne design makes long Cruising comfortably. The naval architects at 'Dubois' Company put a lot of thought into the comfortable visits ashore and water sport Water Activities and fun facilities.

SAY Tiara:Naval Architects & Designers

Dubois Naval Architects were commissioned at the end of 2000. "Being a practising civil architect, the owner is fluent in reading plans and already had a clear idea of the design and layout he wanted," Ed Dubois observed. After tank testing at the Wolfson Unit in Southampton, the eventual design ended up two metres longer and one metre wider than originally contracted with Alloy. To achieve the stability necessary to balance the powerful sail-plan, the owner was willing to accept the restrictions of a relatively deep draft vessel. Tiara has a fixed draft of 5.2 m (17 ft), with a retractable dagger board increasing the draft to 8 m (26 ft). "The main feature of the layout, not seen before on any other large sailing yacht to our knowledge, was to position the owner's state- room/suite forward at the maximum beam of the vessel, thereby allowing an upper forward saloon to communicate directly with the owner's lobby/stateroom and bathroom area below," said Dubois. This 'petite salon' or study area, forward on the main deck, can be either private for the owner's use alone or opened up for the use of guests as well. The owner worked closely with John Munford on the styling features, which include the extensive use of Vavona burl, Honduras mahogany and flame mahogany with cream painted V-groove deck heads and wenge flooring. Strong art deco and art nouveau themes run through the interior detailing. The light fittings and door handles throughout the vessel were all personally purchased by the owner at auctions in Paris, London and New York to reflect his passion for the style of the early 20th century, through to the 1930s. The owner also designed and commissioned the loose furniture, sofas, chairs, cabinets and tables throughout the vessel as he did not wish to be constrained by in-built furniture. "I wanted it to be like a home, or apartment, where you can shift furniture around, or bring new pieces in and replace items," Leitersdorf said. This is why there are real slate fireplaces (without a flue and using smokeless, odourless Gel cells to keep the MCA happy) in the main saloon and owner's stateroom. YR. At this moment Dubois are principally working on large luxury cruising yachts.