An Outboard Powered Recreational Yacht

Striking, bold, and thoroughly modern, the 70 Island concept by DLBA offers a completely new experience in an outboard powered recreational yacht. Providing an evolutionary step in the development of outboard powered vessels, this is a true yacht, with high-end furnishings and luxury accommodation, which showcases the latest capability and benefits of outboard propulsion

Combining a laid back island experience with the excitement of high performance well in excess of 40 knots, the 70 Island offers expansive exterior spaces with an inviting layout of combined indoor and outdoor living. Outboard propulsion creates widely-customizable powering and performance options while allowing for more interior space for passengers taking a break from the sun.

The dual transformer aft beach deck system provides easy access for two tenders along with plenty of room for additional toy storage. The large beach deck with integrated fold-down bulwarks creates a vast recreational space when the tenders deploy via an automated system with the push of a button. The beach deck is easily configurable for water ingress or relaxation with direct access to the glassed-in lower solarium. A dinette on the upper deck easily converts into a pleasant sunbathing spot under the fully retractable

sunroof.  All glass tint is LCD adjustable and controlled through mobile devices. Comfortable areas aft, near the helm, and forward also allow for people to spread out while kicking back.

This yacht reimagines the idea of outboard propulsion while providing the best of both worlds; the fit and finish of a yacht with the simplicity and flexibility of outboard motors.

Gibbs & Cox, Inc. teamed with L3Harris Technologies for the US Navy’s Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MUSV) Program

Top Naval Architecture CompaniesARLINGTON, Va. – Gibbs & Cox, Inc. congratulates L3Harris Technologies for being awarded the U.S Navy’s MUSV Design and Construction contract. As part of the L3Harris MUSV team, Gibbs & Cox will serve as the ship design agent and engineering plant automation lead on the program.

The contract awarded by the U.S. Navy, includes the design and construction of the prototype lead vehicle with options to provide up to eight additional MUSVs. According to the contract announcement, if all options are exercised, the cumulative value of this contract for the L3Harris MUSV team will be $281 million.

In 2018, Gibbs & Cox founded its Unmanned and Autonomous Programs group in response to the growing need to develop autonomous surface vehicles and their enabling technologies. This specialized capability, combined with our position as the United States’ largest independent Ship Design Agent, makes Gibbs & Cox uniquely positioned to support the L3Harris team with the development and delivery of the MUSV.

“The experience in the autonomous maritime space offered by the combined capabilities of L3Harris and Gibbs & Cox gives the U.S. Navy a capable, low-risk solution for MUSV. We are very glad to be a part of this strong team,” said Chris Deegan, Gibbs & Cox President and Chief Executive.

Fast, 53’ Sport Fisher Takes Shape

After 17 months the finish line is in sight for the latest collaboration between Jim Smith Tournament Boats and DLBA Naval Architects. The two companies have been working on a 53’ Walkaround since March of 2019, and as of July 2020, she is in her final stages of completion and has begun initial sea trials. The team has been exceedingly pleased with the results of this sport fishing boat, designed around a pair of CAT C18 ACERT engines rated at 1,150 hp (858 kw) each. With the design placing the propellers in high-performance tunnels, designed to reduce operational draft without compromising on performance, her final top speed will meet or exceed the predicted speed of 44 knots.

The 53’ Walkaround’s owner requested features unique to this design, including an extra-long cockpit which, combined with her walk-a-round deck, provides more space and results in a superior fishing platform. DLBA Naval Architects and Jim Smith Tournament Boats have incorporated rocker in the hull bottom to dial-in the running trim angle, providing a smooth ride and great fuel economy.

With final touches to come, including the completion of her tower and the installation of her hardtop, the DLBA team is looking forward to feedback from her owner after they spend some time together on the water.


53’ Sport Fisher

Gibbs & Cox Selected for Fleet Modernization and Logistics IDIQ

ARLINGTON, Va., August 14, 2020 – Gibbs & Cox, Inc. is pleased to announce our most recent award from our valued customers at The Naval Surface Warfare Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) to provide program management and technical service to support modernization to the US. Army and Navy’s assault craft, submarines, and surface ships. We look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with The NSWC Philadelphia Division of preforming testing, and refurbishment for in-service assets, as well as fleet support.

As one of the five firms selected for the potential $165M IDIQ contract and the United States’ largest independent ship design agent with 91 years of history, we have a proven record of providing quality support to our customers while being cost effective and reliable. Gibbs & Cox is committed to delivering the highest quality design and engineering products and services to each and every customer, every single time.

Our Philadelphia Navy Yard office emphasizes client relationships by making ourselves available for onsite support and delivering quality results. G&C, along with our teammates, have collaborated with NSWCPD for years, and the recognition of this trusted partnership with an award makes G&C honored to be a valued member of the NSWC Philadelphia Division’s Code 442 technical team.

The Gentleman’s Sportfishing Yacht

A new design is floating on the drawing boards at DLBA Naval Architects!  A combination of classic lines and modern style, the 64 Gentleman’s Sportfishing Yacht (GSY) screams classic cruiser while also providing a serious fishing platform.  This is a custom design and build specifically intended to provide a new take on the traditional sportfish layouts.

Propulsion options range from standard inclined shafts to pods and can even can include waterjets – all driven by the latest diesel technology from all major engine suppliers.  Operational draft is always a consideration and can be minimized using waterjets, although the inclined shaft version is offered with propeller tunnels to support running in skinny water.

The GSY provides top speeds approaching 50 knots and promises a soft dry ride with nimble and predictable handling.  DLBA’s long history of world class sportfishing hull designs shines through striking that balance of a performance fishing machine with soft edges in just the right places.  Whether you’re talking flat out speed when it’s slick calm, or superior ride quality when it’s snotty, this platform provides both in a smart, efficient package.

Flexibility with interior layout allows for owner customization to his or her tastes.  Exterior spaces include an open helm feel while providing cover from the elements, an expansive mezzanine area, and a large cockpit allowing for serious angling or not so serious sun worshipping.

Systems will include the latest technology including gyro stabilization, top line electronics and navigation, and the coolest A/V and media setups – all to meet the owner’s specific requirements.  Multiple stateroom and head arrangements are available.

The design is an extension of the current trend of mid-size express walkarounds for both sportfish and cruising yachts.  Meant to provide style and performance, the Gentleman’s Sportfish hits the mark.