Straits 65, 75 & 79 - These trawler styled motor yachts have been designed for blue-water
voyaging by Sponberg Yacht Design. VGYD was hired to assist in the
engineering and detailing of the steel hulls and aluminum super
structures. The structures were designed for ABS approval. The MS 65
was built by Custom Steel Boats of North Carolina, and the MS75 was
built by St.Augustine Marine in Florida (click
here for more information).
have recently completed the structures for the MS 79 with
construction due to begin some time in 2008.
|MITseaAH - Designed by Lebowitz
& Pritchard and Pedrick
Yacht Design, this 156ft aluminum motor sailer is one of the most
technologically advanced super yachts afloat today. VGYD was contracted
by the Pedrick office to help in the engineering of the complicated and
highly loaded structure of this yacht. The scantlings were engineered
to ABS and MCA standards and confirmed with a detailed finite element
analysis. MITseaAH was built at the Pendennis Shipyard in England. (click
here for more information)
|Ladd 125 - In order to engineer the
strongest and lightest yacht
possible for blue-water cruising, Rob Ladd Yacht Design looked to Van
Gorkom Yacht Design for their expertise in engineering innovative
structural systems in aluminum that could complement and enhance the
clean, sleek lines of the Ladd 125. The entire scantling system for
this yacht was designed for ABS approval.
|Courageous - Pedrick Yacht Design, under
the direction of
Newport's Museum of Yachting, were commissioned to help restore
Courageous back to her original glory. In turn, PYD called on VGYD to
assist in the structural engineering and design of such areas as the
high-strength stainless steel chainplate fittings and the aluminum deck
structures that supports them. The chainplates were fabricated by CAM
|Gleam - Built in 1937, this classic
wooden 12 meter is one of
the jewels of the Newport yachting scene. When the boat started to
exhibit some sagging problems, Perrotti Performance Design was engaged
to find a solution. PPD turned VGYD to assist in the engineering and
design of a new bronze maststep support grid system to help stiffen the
existing wooden structure. The fabrication was done by CAM Machine
Corp. and installation by Newport Yacht Joinery.
62 - Unable to find any off-the-shelf
components for his auto-pilot, the owner of this Deerfoot 62 had VGYD design and engineer a new tiller
arm. A thorough analysis of the loads was conducted and a 3D model was
created, which was used to mill the part from a solid aluminum billet.
This has been a long term project for this owner
who acquired a fiberglass hull several years ago and has been building
and outfitting the boat as a world class cruising yacht. Van Gorkom
Yacht Design was also contracted to design
the keel and rudder for the boat.
29' Runabout - Yves Tanton sought out the engineering
services of VGYD for the complete structural design & 3D
of his 29 foot aluminum runabout. All the metal work was modeled as
developable surfaces for easy plate cutting making the construction
process economical and relatively quick to build.
& Rhodes 46 - This beautiful 1976 aluminum racing
sloop is receiving a new lease on life with a total refit of the boat.
VGYD was commissioned to redesign and engineer the rig, rudder, a new
deck hardware arrangement, and a completely new cabin house &
cockpit geometries. The new aluminum structure was modeled entirely in
3D allowing most of the individual plates to be pre-cut before
construction. The refit is being done by Island Boatworks in Louisiana.
Mount Gay 30 - In preparing his boat for the Bermuda 1-2,
the owner of this Scott Jutson designed boat contacted VGYD to help him
optimize the sailing configuration for the best rating possible. Part
of that optimization was the design and implementation of a fixed
aluminum prod, which greatly simplified the process of setting a kite
as well being rating friendly.
'83 - Van
Gorkom Yacht Design was retained by Jim Gretzky of Sail
Spars Design Inc. to assist in what was an extensive refit of the
aluminum 12 meter
(K22). VGYD wias involved in the engineering of several critically
loaded structural components such as the chainplates, mast ram
foundation and the primary deck and cockpit structure, as well as on-site project management. Update:
Her first race since the completion of the refit and Victory '83 places
second in the "Modern" division of the 2008 12m Nationals.
Kitty, 42ft Sportsfish -
When this group of anglers purchased a sportsfish with the idea of taking it to
Africa to go deep sea fishing, they contacted VGYD to engineer a
shipping cradle that could be mounted on a container pallet on the deck
of a cargo ship. Once in South Africa, the cradle then had to be
disassembled and transport by road to Tanzania where the boat was to be
based. The entire structure, except for the hull pads, was fabricated