Tuesday, May 3, 2011



  1. Either all the designers I know are grossly underpaid, or your understanding of the pay scale for yacht designers is off by about a factor of 2. I am a degree'd Naval Architect/Marine Engineer and made just 40k with 3% matching Simple Plan and NO INSURANCE. Not working for a large production company but a smaller independent design office, so pay scale may be a bit different, but this was fairly standard for most of the industry

  2. Dear Anonymous, You're right, I don't have a clue what real Naval Architects get paid, but I am sure the production boat designers I am talking about are not real naval architects such as your self, or they would not continue to place equipment in un-serviceable, and inaccessible locations, would have the insight and understanding of what after market equipment a customer would like to install, and would provide the space required, and ability to get the wiring through the boat. Just yesterday, I went out to buy a 2' long spade bit, to punch a hole in an almost impossible to get to bulkhead, to pass a transducer wire through to the console. All of the original engine room wire pulls are now behind a large water tank, requiring the engine to be removed before the tank could can be removed to get to the pull. It was not going to happen!

    I know the piece is more than a little sardonic, but it was a frustrating week. What should be simple jobs become excruciatingly painful, and expensive tasks because of little forethought, if any by the builders.

    "Make it as cheap as possible, and maintainability follows profit". J.P Grunion President, Magnifico Yachts

    I'm sure you are a talented naval architect following in the long tradition of Trumpy, and Chapelle, and this was not meant to be a slight to your profession, or yourself, by myself. By the way, it's just a metaphor, some exaggeration is allowed. Bill