With over 25 years in the industry and having recently qualified through Westlawns Yacht and Boat Design Program I can offer design services for commercial or leisure craft. Using 2D and 3D CAD I can model modifications or create complete new designs in GRP, aluminium, wood or steel with full working drawings. Using 3D design software allows for full 3D models. This can make the build much easier with patterns or precut bulkheads, etc. and lets you have a good visual understanding of the drawings.

10 Foot Tender

This is my first design and build. It is strip planked with Cedar and has cloth inside and out laminated with epoxy. I designed the hull with a planing surface but there is a slight rocker aft. The hard chines are above the waterline at the transom when rowing to reduce drag but fully immersed with the weight of an outboard on the transom. Instead of inflatable tubes, which are nice for coming alongside, this boat has a 2″ x 6″ closed cell foam collar all around to absorb impacts.

15 Foot Rowing Skiff

I designed this hull based on a 1956 clinker hull shape for Cyril Ryan at Ryan and Roberts Marine Services. It has a flat bottom, which is perfect for the Estuary where it will be used. This is built with a plywood bottom and strip planking on the topsides. Using 3D design software, I produced patterns for the forming frames as well as the transom and the stem shape. The hull will then be sheathed in a light cloth inside and outside with epoxy resin, making for a very quick build and a light structure.

D480 Plywood Kit

This 4.8m boat is designed for building from a plywood kit with epoxy tape seam and sheathing. There is a full drawing package allowing for a CNC kit to include all hull panels, decks and bulkheads. I built a prototype here and it was launched and tested in 2022. Designed for a 40-60hp tiller outboard, the target top speed was 35 knots, which is exactly the top speed achieved with a Yamaha 60hp.

25 Foot Coastal Cruiser

This 25′ power boat has a target maximum speed of 28 knots with a cruising speed of over 16 knots utilising a 225hp outboard motor. Jim Walsh (www.walshboatworks.ie) has built the production tooling for it and built the first hull. There are several possibilities for the boat from the original cruiser design to an open sports boat all using the same hull. Not decided which way hull no. 1 will go as yet.

36 Foot Coastal/Inland Cruiser

This 36′ cruiser was designed for Westboat Ltd. Westboat have built full production tooling for this boat with the first completed boat launched in 2022 and the second in 2023. Contact me here for further details or see www.westboat.ie.

11 Metre Electric Catamaran

This boat is at preliminary design stage. It is an 11m low drag catamaran for inland waterways to be powered by Oceanvolts Dual AXC10 propulsion system. Two inboard electric motors give a combined power of 20kw. With a 21kwh battery pack the boat has a range of 15 miles at a speed of 5.5 knots on a single charge. The range extends to 29 miles with speed at 4.5 knots. Charging is through shore power, solar panels and when needed can be topped up with a backup generator.

50 Foot Ocean Cruising Yacht

This yacht was designed as part of my design thesis. It is for build in aluminium with longitudinal framing and internal lead ballast in the keel. Draft was kept at 6 and a half foot. For extended cruising, I like the idea of a doghouse. It has the nav station, a small seating area and a small cooker up there so it’s easier to make the tea. It has a standard sloop rig but with a staysail.