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Naval architecture and yacht design

Naval architecture

Leveraging on decades of experience in naval architecture, Mulder Design is known for its outstanding hull designs, where hull efficiency and seakeeping capabilities are given top priority. There is no set template for a hull: we tailor our designs and naval architecture to the use to which the boat will be put and the overall concept. It’s not all about speed either – the world is changing and people are seeking larger, more comfortable and more fuel-efficient yachts. Longer ranges and environmental considerations are also increasingly coming to the fore.

 

The starting point for the naval architecture of a motoryacht is the wishes of the clients and the ways in which they expect to use their new pride and joy. Only with this knowledge to hand can you design the optimal hull and take fully into account the essential positioning of the centre of gravity.

 

At the initial stage, technique has the highest priority: the construction must be sturdy and sustainable and the vessel needs to be completely safe, have an excellent sailing performance and offer maximum comfort. Only once this is truly assured does the question arise as to how to achieve all of the above at speed. This requires a helicopter view of the entire design process, which is why Mulder Design retains all the calculation work, from weight to resistance, in-house.

 

Not that we are against a good turn of speed. Au contraire, we were designing semi-displacement, round-bilged yachts capable of going above their hull speed as early as the late 1980s. This pioneering work eventually saw Mulder Design thrice have the honour of designing the fastest yacht in the world at the time, with OctopussyMoonraker and The World Is Not Enough.

 

Since then we have followed a constant process of improvement and development, optimising every aspect of naval architecture by blending essential experience with the very latest technologies. The use of Computational Fluid Dynamics and tank tests has laid a solid foundation that enables us to meet every client request imaginable.

 

One of the direct results of this commitment to R&D is the High Speed Cruising Hull. Dispensing with the need for additional engine power or a lightweight construction, this innovation offers up to 40 per cent increase in cruising speed performance compared to a conventional displacement hull.


  • Weight calculations
  • Construction calculations (metal and composite)
  • 3D Lines plans of hull and superstructure
  • Model testing
  • Hull resistance calculations (also CFD calculations)
  • Power Speed and range predictions
  • Stability and trim calculations (Damaged and intact)
  • Stability booklets (According to Classification and flag Authorities)
  • Inclination experiments
  • Model testing