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.
has been quite a while since I've posted any significant updates to
VGYD.com. It's not that I've been idle, but more a case of being
too busy. Not only with work and the day to day ups and downs of family
life, but also dealing with the curve balls that life sometimes throws
years ago I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. I was relatively lucky
as the cancer had not spread beyond the gland so the prognosis was
hopeful. The treatment however (a combination of hormone therapy and
radiation) definitely took its toll and it hasn't been until recently
that I could honestly say that I'm back to my old fighting self.
My doctors saved my life so I can't say enough good things about Beth Israel Deaconess
in Boston. I have regular check-ups and so far I have a clean bill of
health. I'm now a huge advocate of regular PSA screenings and recommend
them to all my middle-aged male friends.
But enough of that.......BEAM MAX is going to be a regular feature on
our website where we'll discuss different issues, some relative to the
marine industry and others just of interest. We're also testing the
waters of social media with our first foray into Facebook. Please check out our new Van Gorkom Yacht
Design page and give us a "like" (see below).
To make up for our recent lack of postings, we've added quite a few updates. They include a couple of new custom
sailboat designs, appendage refits, metal and composite structures,
hull re-designs for some of our powerboat customers, forensic work, and a
brand new page featuring testimonials from some of our clients.
Leonardo da Vinci once wrote "science is the captain and practice is
the soldier. Those who fall in love with practice without science are
like a sailor without a helm or compass".
||HPR-40 on the drawing board
The High Performance Rule
(HPR) has been formed to promote the design and development of
seaworthy sailing yachts that utilize the latest in technology to achieve high
performance in inshore and offshore racing. This is a concept that VGYD has always embraced and we're excited to enter this design arena.
design brief from our Australian client for the VG1150xs was simple - an exciting boat with some serious speed potential that will win races and challenge the crew. Construction is due to begin in 2014.
2XS 850 construction update
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 2015. See the latest
||Powerboat hull optimization & repowering
study on the lengthening of a down-east production powerboat for an
outboard well and switching from the standard inboard diesel
arrangement to twin outboard engines.
||Keels falling off (a paper presented at IBEX 2013)
Within the last fifty years there has been a significant number of high
profile, catastrophic failures related to sail boat keels and the structures
that are supposed to hold them in place.
about our latest engineering projects
VGYD offers a broad
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
on our appendage refits
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.