Van Gorkom Yacht Design
With over 30 years of industry knowledge and experience,
Van Gorkom Yacht Design is
dedicated to the concept of innovative high performance yachts, both
power and sail.
A preview of VGYD design articles
Designs Made Affordable
Kit plan packages are the perfect boat building projects for
the amateur or professional boat builder alike.
Designing for the Transpac
Past, Present, & Future
In 2000 the Transpac 41/52 Rule was introduced with the
objective of creating incentive to achieve line honors for the
smaller classes. Twelve years later these classes compete on a
relatively level playing field and are
no less capable offshore than their larger cousins.
"What is a Sport boat!!??"
An explanation (based on performance characteristics and not
emotion) of what really constitutes a sailing sport boat.
Cost Effective Research & Development
Just the Ticket....Less
Strings and Things
One of the problems any yacht design company faces when it
embarks upon a new project is being able to assess the
vessel's performance characteristics. This article is a
description of how VGYD designed and optimized their highly
successful Mount Gay 30.
Modern free-standing rigs are inherently safer, far less
complicated, cost effective, more aerodynamically efficient,
and when paired with the right platform are able to match the
performance of a conventionally rigged boat.
Water Ballast - Race Boat Applications
A description of how water ballast on a sailboat works, the
advantages and disadvantages, and a description of the system
on the VG-Mount Gay 30.
UPDATES ON THE WAY!!!!!
Yes, we know.......it's been a year and a half since the last
udate. Let's just say that 2013 was a trying year on many
different levels. However, we've been working diligently on a
variety of projects so there's quite a bit to catch you up on.
The goal is to have all our latest works posted to the site
within the next two weeks, including big news on a custom 38ft
canting keel race boat for an Australian client.
The 2XS 8.5 construction update
Darian, Milwaukee has become ground zero for the construction
of the new 2XS 8.5. The
client for this boat is building it in his garage and is
looking at a launch date of Spring 2013. See the latest
The Paradox 1050 - less string, less crew, less hassle
This unique and innovative 35 footer is based on simplicity
and performance and is geared towards short-handed sailing,
both above and below decks.
Fast is fun and VGYD can help you get there!
We offer state-of-the-art research, hull form
development, performance predictions and analysis for power
and sail boats, for both new and existing geometries.
Read about our latest engineering projects
VGYD offers a broad range of engineering services including
structural analysis in composites and metals, ABS and ISO
scantling development for both power and sailing yachts,
mechanical engineering and detailing, refits and restoration,
and forensic engineering.
More on our appendage refits
VGYD offers state-of-the-art appendage refits, whether it's a
light weight composite rudder, a lifting or canting keel
arrangement, or the reconfiguration of an existing keel, our
proven foil geometries are engineered and optimized to give
you the desired results.
Big news on our kit-plan-packages
on selected packages have been reduced!
kit-plan-packages offered by VGYD are the perfect boat
building projects for the amateur or professional boat
Also offered as pre-assembled components.