The advent of AI has meant that revisiting older designs and creating a wide range of design proposals is much easier, and fun. These are all concepts, and the AI has misunderstood a number of design features, or has completely reinterpreted others. Some of them are a little strange, some of them needed some editing, some I have left as it did them, the text becoming somewhat weird in some cases! Interestingly, for me at least, most of the red trucks were considerably darker hues of red than I had imagined. Many had a distinct US fire truck feel to them. I do however quite like several of the graphic details that the AI has put forward, and I might revisit my original design and tweak it at some time in the future. The image above is the original design I did. In this case I did use AI for the background though. The images that follow are all variations on the same vehicle from different angles.
Over the holidays I have had the chance to revisit some designs that I did in the past. I have used new tools for visualisation that use AI and played around with many of my existing designs, freshening them up where possible and tweaking some of their detailing. In most cases I have changed the backgrounds aiming to use backgrounds that are more realistic. These visuals are for a tandem (2 seater) quadricycle car. It would lean into corners and be electric powered or have a small – probably rotary – engine in the rear. The permutations are a useful way for me to look at the same overall design but with detail changes, sometimes of surfacing, sometimes on graphics and finishes. The AI does make some changes that would be complicated to make. Some however are really interesting, to my eyes. Hope they are to yours too!
No sooner had I designed the 39′ Arrow, it seemed logical to offer another version, this time a little smaller at 34′. Retaining the same philosophy and again based on a hull by Adam Younger, this is also a very rapid boat (60 knots +) built probably using cold moulding techniques out of wood. It again should be light. As per the 39′ it could be built using a composite hull and wooden deck or all wood.
A few months ago, I realised that it had been a while since I had designed a wooden boat. I mentioned this to Adam Younger and we came up with a set of designs for a couple of wooden fast day boats. Combining classic looks and very modern fast hulls (hulls designed by Adam) we felt that there might be an opportunity to do some pretty boats that were capable of some ferocious speeds. Sharing the same hull lines as the recently posted Aquila 39′ but built either solely in wood or having a wooden deck and a composite hull. The images depict versions that are solely wooden. Some images show a traditional mahogany finish, but some show a darker wood, probably using stained wood; creating, in my mind, a boat that is both traditional and yet with a more contemporary colour palette. It would be interesting to see which version is more popular! Powered by twin petrol or diesel engines and capable of speeds in the 60 to 70 knots, probably. This Arrow is 39′ or 11.8M in length. With a forward cabin with sleeping amenities and a compact head. The cockpit has a fridge and BBQ sited in the furniture units.
I am very proud to share that Motor Yacht Viva has been awarded two prizes this year by the prestigious Boat International Magazine. She has won best motor superyacht 2022 and, more exciting for me, the prize for best motor superyacht design for yacht above 2000 Gross Tonnes. I was part of the team at Azure Naval Architects & Designers in the Netherlands that designed Viva. More details available in the link below.
Over the years I have had the chance to collaborate on several fast boats and yachts with my friend Adam Younger. Over the Christmas break I discussed with Adam the possibility of designing a new race boat, as we felt that there is scope for new designs.
Using a 39′ hull by Adam as a starting point, I decided to make this streamlined and contemporary looking race boat. I have done a couple of race boats before, but this is the first fully enclosed purely race-boat that I have done.
Designed to achieve 70-80 mph or more, depending on engines and drives.
The aim of this design was to explore the use of clean lines and modern detailing, and how this can be brought to a race boat; in a way that is both functional and pleasing to the eye.
During the first lockdown, in my own time last year, I began to design a number of Agricultural vehicles. I live In Shropshire, a large landlocked county that has lots of farm land. It made sense to me to have a go at thinking about some types of heavy machinery, or specifically perhaps look at making the machinery a little more compact. I also reviewed how things are made and why.
A couple of years ago I made a light re-design of the Mini Moke, as it is a car that I have strong emotional connections with. I grew up in Colombia and my parents owned one of the few Mini Mokes there. We had many adventures with that little car and it was the car I learnt to drive in, as well as pass my driving test in. It seemed an ideal candidate to re-make as a plywood and Balsa wood re-design. However, I was very faithful to the original design, and as a designer it felt as though I had not really attempted a new take on this little car. So, I gave myself the challenge to do my own design. I have provisionally called it the Remoke 2, but am thinking of better names for it. The idea for this version would be that it would be built out of Bio Epoxy and Flax/bamboo fibre composite. I am also looking at using a Small rotary engine which is hydrogen powered using Power paste. This is a new type of fuel that releases hydrogen. Hydrogen has the advantage that it does not produce CO2 emissions, so is a a good alternative to electric power. I could also use compressed Air and an air driven motor. Again this is something that merits further research. Although I would also consider using Electric power too. If hydrogen or air powered, it would be front wheel drive. If electric, it would be four wheel drive. If hydrogen or air powered, I have considered using a rotary (non Wankel) engine, which would be compact and light. A perfect little beach car, that also might be fun in town.
In the late 1990’s I began to design yacht interiors. I have worked for numerous UK and Dutch studios over the years, as well as for myself. In most of the design studios I had a dual role, as an interior designer and/or as a yacht exterior designer. Below is a video that is a short compilation of work that I was involved in, although not comprehensive, it should give a view of the scope. In some cases i was responsible for all of the design, in some cases I was involved in the selection of fabrics, fixture and fittings or producing illustrations to present the designs. In some cases the yachts were built and sometimes they never got past the visual stage.
This is my design for a 30 foot Semi-Displacement Sloep. Sloeps are basically Dutch day boats, often seen up and down Dutch canals, rivers and lakes. This design is for one that would essentially be used and sold in the UK, for many of the same kinds of inlands waterways, but potentially design for onshore use too. With a semi-displacement hull, probably, although I would be open to other options, so that the boat could cruise at 6 -26 knots, depending on engine type or mood.
It would be available in several possible versions, with two shown here; one with a closed transom and the other with a more contemporary semi-open transom.