Some of my varied design projects. They range from automotive, aviation, yacht, fast boats and bikes. I hope you like them!
After a Narrowboat holiday, I decided that it would be interesting to design a canal cruiser. Unlike a narrowboat, the aim of this design was to be as efficient in the water as possible. Narrowboats are actually great, well suited for their purpose in many ways. However, what they are not is hydrodynamic. They tend to plough through the water rather than glide through it. The upside is that they are very spacious. My design uses a more classic hull, which is less spacious, but far better suited to being electrically powered. With a bank of solar panels on top and a wind generator too, mounted on a folding mast, it would recharge a bank of batteries and be electrically powered. It could potentially also have a small generator if needed. The aim however of my design is to create a boat that offers some of the style of a yacht but provides access to the wonderful canal network that is available in the UK. The silent electric power would suit the type of cruising well, the hull would also create much less of a wake, therefore less wash and reduced erosion damage to the canal and river banks.
I graduated from Coventry University 30 years ago this year. I have for the most part made my living as a Yacht Designer, although I have done a wide variety of projects ranging from product design, bikes and trikes, motorhomes etc. However, I have always been a bit of a car nut. However, I had not designed a proper sports/super car since I was at University. This last weekend I decided I should do something about that. So, as a celebration of 30 years and as a bit of a personal challenge, I designed this Maserati. I feel that Maserati has been somewhat in the shadow of Ferrari since both have been part of the FIAT group. Now Ferrari is going it’s own way, I think that it might be a chance to look at Maserati as a competitor not the brand that gets the hand-me-downs. I realise that this design does have elements of many supercars, including a number of Ferraris, I do not apologise about it, this is a design that I think is pretty. I hope some of you do too. It is inspired by Maseratis designed by Giorgetto Guigaro in the 1970’s, which frankly I think were some of the prettiest cars by the Marque. Would it be electric? No, though it could be, I guess. But I think this should have a mid mounted V8, perhaps a turbo/supercharged V6.
Does it have pop-up lights? Those are not legal any longer are they? Well, in this case it doesn’t, it has eyelids, they slide up. So, maintaining the look of pop-ups, but without the pedestrian collision issues.
Whilst at University, 30 years ago now, I did a short project which was to design a Fire & Rescue Truck. It was an interesting project, albeit short. It never went past the sketching and rendering stage. Yet, there were some ideas that I found that could still be relevant now. It gave me the excuse of creating a truck, and it was a little bit of fun.
The vehicle is a 4×4, with composite construction for the bodywork, and has a rear mounted arm that can be remotely operated in the rear upright cabin, the main vehicle cabin or remotely. The arm has interchangeable ends, which makes the vehicle multipurpose. The ends include an excavator, a monitor, large shears to cut car wreckage and grasping arms, but other ideas could be incorporated. The main principle is that the vehicle is versatile, rapid and capable on several terrains.
Motor Yacht Sirius is the latest superyacht concept by Andrew Trujillo Design. It is a 90m motor yacht that in many ways is designed with interior space, and specifically floor to ceiling height in mind. The main deck has 3m floor to ceiling heights. The Owner’s deck has 2.8m floor to ceiling heights. This makes her unusual as yachts go. Often as a yacht designer when you are designing the interiors you have 2.1m, 2.2 or at a push 2.5m to play with. Having been involved on the design of motor yacht “Luminosity” which also has these very unusual deck heights, it felt worthwhile exploring this again in a fresh design. The added height adds an unmistakeable sense of airiness and is in itself a special feature, a definite luxury.
Sirius is one of the largest stars known, it is bright and seemed suitable as a choice for a yacht that like luminosity will feature large areas of glazing with panoramic views and plenty of light. Star light will also provide some of her power, with numerous solar panels being incorporated not only on her superstructure but also on the floor of the large swimming pool on her foredeck. Her design also features a large aft helideck.
The Coriolis Catamaran is a 25M concept design with twin masts, each mast mounted on a hull. The aim of Coriolis is to have a sail powered catamaran that is mainly intended for long distance cruising. With two hulls that are capacious rather than very slender, mean that she is not intended to win races (though probably quite swift), but rather use the twin mast configuration to enable each mast to be more compact and less loaded. It also provides and element of redundancy. It also means that power and loads are distributed more evenly and each mast is placed on structures that are well suited to the purpose; a mast on each pontoon makes more sense than a centrally placed mast, as the compressive loads do not tend to exert on one of the weakest parts of the vessel.
The yacht is intended to be as environmentally friendly as possible, so she is built using vegetable derived epoxy, with flax fibre for her hulls and superstructure. He decking would not be teak but cork; chosen for the renewability of the resource and great insulation plus impact resistance qualities.
She would be available with a choice of a conventional Bermuda rig or alternatively with a couple of wing sails. This design is one that I have been toying around with and is conceptual. It uses a NACA 2412 foil form but has a number of features that should mean that, in theory at least, the foil form could be varied by the use of cams inside the wing. The cams would act on the battens, which in turn would vary the profile depending on the direction of the wind, though this would be selected by the skipper. The sails are unstayed and can rotate fully 360 degrees, if required. This means that the wing sails could be used as wings even with a following wind.
The wings can be raised in a similar way to a junk rig, so the uppermost part of the sail is hoisted, and it raises each segment in turn. The cams that are attached to the battens have loose fitting bearings that not only allow the wing to rotate, but the bearing surface also slides up and down on the mast, though the tolerances would not be very tight, removing therefore chances for the cam “vertebrae” to seize up. The mast would probably be made of pultruded Carbon fibre, meaning tubes that are consistent and can be very stiff. The masts do not taper.
The cam system would probably be powered by electric winches or hydraulics. The sails would have a boom, inside which would be the hoisting mechanism, probably an electrically powered capstan winch.
The boat would have feathering propellers, but the power to the propellers would be electric, with the propellers being used at times as generators to top up a bank of batteries. There would be a backup diesel generator for situations where it might be needed. The vessel also has numerous solar panels and a couple of wind powered generators at the top of the masts, which would ensure that enough power always exists for primary communications and navigation equipment. The aim of all being that she could sail under wind or electric power for the vast majority of the time, meaning a non-polluting and quiet vessel.
On both versions the masts are attached at the top to one another, providing an element of rigidity and mutual support.
It seems that some large super-yachts are a bit like busses, you wait for one for years and then two arrive almost at the same time. First was “Luminosity.” She has been followed by another big beast.
On this occasion it is Feadship project 817 otherwise known as Motor Yacht “VIVA.” She is without doubt the one project I worked on whilst at Azure Naval Architects that I identify as being my “baby.” I would naturally want to clarify, all projects, particularly large vessels of 94M are collaborative and I would not want to make claims that could be controversial, but much of her original design remains and I am very proud of my design involvement with her. I am especially happy to see her built. I would like to congratulate Azure and my former colleagues in seeing her into fruition, I cannot wait to see her finalised and hopefully one day, sailing.
The elements that have changed, after I left Azure, are the closed off stern (I recall concerns at the time of some yachts being accessed without authorisation via open transoms, so this made sense), and the bite into the main deck ceiling in the aft, which I must presume was done to provide more light to the large aft deck pool. The skylights that are present in the fore on main and owner’s deck are also somewhat smaller than originally conceived. However the ceiling to floor glazing has been retained, which is great to see. The distinctive pyramidal sky-deck structures are also there. The pictures are obviously missing the radar masts, which will be added later, which will balance her out.
About ten years ago, I was working for Dutch Naval Architecture firm Azure Naval Architects in Haarlem. I was designing some very large motor yachts. One of which was this beast, Motor Yacht Luminosity. A complicated project from the technical requirements, she began at 88 metres. I did a number of proposals and it was one of my designs that got the commission, although I then left the company and the final design changed in some details (my former colleagues did a number of improvements, I think), and more obviously overall length, growing to 107 metres, which has made her more graceful, I suspect Benetti made these modifications. One of the tricky requirements she had was to have a main deck clear floor to ceiling height of 3 metres. She was also innovative in the extensive use of glazing more akin to that of buildings. She is however, the largest yacht that I have had a hand in designing, although it was, as ever, a team effort. At the bottom is a link to the broker that is currently selling her, it shows a nice video. I was not involved in the Interior, although I did have numerous conversations with Zaniz at those early stages.
After a little pause in designing larger motor yachts, I decided to try something a little different. In this case designing a fast displacement motor yacht. The hull is a design arrived at in consultation with Naval Architect Adam Younger. The yacht is named Kingfisher in tribute to the bill of the bird which inspired the form of the bulbous bow. The aim of this design was to make a fast displacement yacht that looked relatively contemporary but also retained enough traditional elements to retain an air of familiarity. The yacht offers generous space particularly in entertainment areas, but is also swift and efficient.
As we now live in Shropshire, we are in agricultural land. I learnt recently that in Ludlow there is a manufacturer of agricultural machinery. As a child, like many young boys I guess, I was interested in tractors and the like. I still remember building technical lego Tractors. Now I thought I might try my luck at designing some Agricultural Machinery; these are speculative designs. Who knows, I might get a chance to show them these ideas…
Spreader with central cab
Forward cab Spreader. The “Arms” are made of composite. The design aims to integrate the tank into the form of the vehicle.
This version with a forward cab is an intermediate design.
The Multitask is a smaller vehicle. It has the spreader arms integrated into the body design. The complete unit on the rear is removable. The aim of this smaller vehicle is to allow spreading to take place in smaller holdings, enter through small lanes and enter through smaller gates.
Multitask vehicle side view.
The complete spreading unit is removable, allowing the vehicle to change purpose and become a pickup truck.
The Multitask allows for the investment in a specialist vehicle to be spread and for the machine to be like a “Swiss Army Knife”.