Originally Posted by CDunc
Being a Yacht Designer is not about drawing pretty boats until you are established but rather you will spend many hours designing Structural components,Marine Systems, and in some cases the astetics, also understanding and complying with standards such as ABS, Llyods, ISO, U.S. Coast Guard, GL, and ABYC. There are many more aspects to Yacht Design such as hydrostatics and wave theory to name a few.
Very true CDunc… But what I find today is more a team of specialists in each of the disciplines you describe for a new custom build project
I see Architects and Designers simply as “Idea Men”, who by their very nature are always looking for ways to push the envelope with some new design concept
to attract a client.
You hire and pay for their “conceptual” ideas, but it is very foolish to depend on them to solve the actual engineering challenges during building.
I usually bring in independent specialist during the Feasibility Phase, to give me viable structural and equipment
solutions, inside bulkhead dimensions and performance curves, prior to submitting the project
to Bid Tender
designer is also brought in during this stage to confirm the ergonomics of the inside dimensions and structural solutions, then work
with the client on the aesthetics. Quite often, it is they who even get a crack at styling the exterior.
Those owners, who go from Conceptual directly to a lightweight Bid Package full of good intent by the Designer/Architect to help provide solutions during construction, usually end up with major and costly design deficiencies during the contractual Production Phase. And a lot of stress!
Since the legal
and financial onus should be on the Builder
and build to an approved design, I call all the work
done up to the detailed Bid specifications “Contract Guidance Drawings and Specifications”, so that the builder
can critique them.
But the builder still takes full responsibility for a design and build, to confirm or change the solutions at his cost
It is simply there to help both the client and builder make better informed decisions during the bid process so that the actual Build Phase can be easier on both.
Very much a team event these days if you can keep the egos outside the door.