Gibbs & Cox Yacht Design Competition by Sharon Alchus

Last month, five employee teams from Gibbs & Cox presented their design concepts to a panel of judges for the G&C design competition.  The goal of this competition was to challenge the technical skills and knowledge, creativity and presentation skills of the participants.  Teams were challenged to design “Tomorrow’s Yacht”:

The results of the competition were incredible!  Five very unique and creative designs were developed.  Each of them was backed up by solid engineering and presented professionally. Deciding on a winner was no easy task.  The winning team will receive a trip to the Ft. Lauderdale boat show in November where ALL the teams will have their design displayed at the G&C/DLBA booth.

Winning team: “M/Y Heritage”   - Kevin Byers, Ryan Seifert and Tyler Steel.  Kevin Byers, Ryan Seifert and Tyler Steel created an intriguing yacht design that combines modern day amenities with traditional yacht styling.  Levering the design heritage of the S.S. United states, the team has incorporated portlights, a ships mast, bridge wings and color combinations inspired by the great steamliner. An innovative hybrid drive and an efficient hullform gives the design the range for excursions to any exotic location.

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First Runner Up:  “The Little u project” Pat Naughton.  at Naughton’s concept is a yachting experience on a small nostalgically styled cruise ship. Leaning on design aspects of the iconic S.S. United States (the “Big U”) Pat has created a design that departs from the cookie cutter cruise ships to provide a more intimate, yacht inspired experience. Potential destinations include excursions to the polar regions, Galapagos Islands and other environmentally sensitive ports of call. With that thought in mind, Pat has incorporated advanced technologies to reduce the ships environmental footprint, improve safety and increase comfort for a unique passenger experience.

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Second Runner Up: “3DPC Sport Cruiser”. Peter Buescher and Andrew Edwards. Peter Buescher and Andrew Edwards took on the challenge of rethinking how a yacht could be produced. With 3-D printing technology advancing rapidly, the team conceptualized a yacht design that could take advantage of this technology on a scale yet to be attempted. Combining an extraordinarily beautiful and well-conceived design with a breakthrough manufacturing technique made this design stand out. The concept brings together traditional styling of a runabout with modern mechanical features and the potential for a host of 3-D printed options like hard-tops, flybridges and custom interior configurations. There is even an onboard 3-D printer to create small parts, spares and novelty items while cruising at a top speed of 33 knots.

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Best application of technology and innovative features: “SHX 550 Sportster”.  Christopher Swanhart and Jonathan Soja.  Chris Swanhart and Jonathan Soja’s concept brings outboard propulsion power to the yacht market. As a high performance “sport yacht”, their design takes advantage of recent technology advances in high powered outboard propulsion to give a yacht owner simplicity, flexibility low environmental impact and low cost. The end result is a yacht that can be owner operated with simplicity in mind to minimizeservice, repair and down time. A perfect yacht for an owner moving up from a production built design, power options can be customized to achieve speeds from 30 knots up to nearly 50 knots. Innovations such as a gyro-stabilization, tender storage, a kite sail for sunset cruising and a drone launch and recovery station make this design much more than just a fast luxury cruiser.

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Most innovative marketing concept: “American Automotive Yacht”. Sean Sweeney.  Sean Sweeney’s concept is to develop a yacht design that is inspired by one of the great American automobile manufacturers. Yacht designs based on many of the luxury European car manufacturers have been developed but none have been created for a US Manufacturer. Using the Cadillac CTS as his base, Sean has developed a 50 foot high speed catamaran design with styling cues that mimic the aggressive lines and features of Cadillac’s CT series of performance luxury sedans.  Sean quotes the immortal words of Ricky Bobby, “I wanna go fast!” and his design delivers with a blistering 45 knot top speed and a smooth “Cadillac like” ride.

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Gulf Island Shipyards awards Gibbs & Cox Research Vessel Design Contract by Sharon Alchus

ARLINGTON, Va., September 1, 2017 / PR Newswire - US Newswire/ -- Gibbs & Cox, Inc., a leading independent naval architecture and marine engineering firm, has received a contract from Gulf Island Shipyards, LLC,  to perform the functional engineering and design of the Oregon State University Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV).  The vessel will be ABS Ice-Class C0 and DPS-1, Green-Marine Certified, acoustically quiet, and carry up to 29 crew and embarked scientists. Gibbs & Cox, Inc. will manage this project from their New Orleans, LA office with support from offices in Newport News, Chesapeake and Arlington, VA.  

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“We are delighted to be a part of this important project with Gulf Island Shipyards.  RCRV is a state of the art research vessel employing the latest environmental and acoustic research technologies.  We look forward to the opportunity to leverage our expertise in commercial and naval ship design to ensure the success of this program.” stated Chris Deegan, President and Chief Executive of Gibbs & Cox, Inc.   

“Gulf Island is excited to team with Gibbs & Cox on this important project and we look forward to working with them as they mature the design package.  Gibbs & Cox’s reputation for high quality work and on time delivery of engineering and design products make them an ideal partner for this project” said Jay Hebert, Vice President of Operations at Gulf Island Shipyards.

 

 

 

 

Carleen Lyden Walker joins Gibbs & Cox, Inc. Board of Directors by Peter Buescher

Carleen Lyden Walker, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Marketing & Communications, LLC has been elected to Gibbs & Cox, Inc.'s Board of Directors effective June 20th, 2017.

"Ms. Walker is an important addition to the Board.  Her marketing and communications experience in the commercial maritime industry will position Gibbs & Cox for new markets such as Maritime Environmental compliance," said President and Chief Executive Chris Deegan.

In her 40 years of professional experience, including over 25 years in shipping, she helped her clients develop business, reorganize and reposition their corporations, improve strategic planning, and manage sales.  She has provided market and financial analysis, corporate communications initiatives (advertising, public relations, and crisis media management), product and services development, and event management.  She also co-founded the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association NAMEPA, the Merchant Marine Policy Coalition, and the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage.

"I am honored to have been elected to the Gibbs & Cox Board of Directors, which has a proud and long history in the commercial maritime industry," says Walker. "Their focus on market expansion into the commercial and environmental compliance markets is timed perfectly for the needs of the larger OEM and shipping industry." 

Walker graduated from Wellesley College, and studied at Cornell School of Business Administration.  In 2016, she was appointed an IMO Maritime Ambassador.

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William Landay Named Member of Gibbs & Cox Board of Directors by Peter Buescher

William Landay, global adviser at Avascent International, has been appointed to serve on Gibbs & Cox‘s board of directors.

Landay, a retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral, currently serves as a senior adviser at the Potomac Institute of Policy Studies and as a member of the board of directors at VT Halter Marine, Metron and WE LANDAY Consulting.

He has over 35 years of experience and held various leadership roles in the Navy including program executive officer for the Navy’s littoral and mine warfare programs.

The Navy veteran was previously director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency where he managed a $400 billion Defense Department project that provided defense technologies, equipment, training and various services to other countries.

Landay also previously served as a commanding officer of USS Aquila and USS Paul Hamilton, PEO at the Program Executive Office for Ships and chief of naval research at the Office of Naval Research.

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Chris Deegan speaks at ASNE's Mission Engineering and Analysis conference by Peter Buescher

G&C President Chris Deegan taking questions as part of ASNE’s Mission Engineering and Analysis II conference at the University of Mary Washington's Dahlgren, VA campus. Chris' discussion, “Affordable Future Surface Combatants: Challenging the Ship Design & Construction Paradigm" emphasized the economies and operational benefits the Navy can potentially achieve by designing common and/or existing ship architectures into Future Surface Combatant programs.

Gibbs & Cox Awarded Navy Contract for Power and Propulsion Engineering Support by Sharon Alchus

 

Arlington, VA –Gibbs & Cox, Inc., one of the world’s leading independent naval architecture and marine engineering firms, has been awarded a contract by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) to provide Electrical and Propulsion System engineering and technical services for in-service and future U.S. Navy, fleet, and other Federal Agency Maritime assets.

 

NSWCP serves as the Navy’s In-Service Engineering Agent (ISEA) for surface ship and submarine power generation systems. Gibbs & Cox will base this effort from our G&C Philadelphia Office, and provide engineering services and equipment installation in numerous CONUS and OCONUS locations.

 

“We are thrilled with this opportunity to continue our close support of NSWC Philadelphia.”, said Chris Deegan, Gibbs & Cox’s Chief Executive Officer and President, “Gibbs & Cox has supported NSWC Philadelphia for over 40 years as a partner in ensuring our fleet meets the challenges of today and is prepared for the missions of tomorrow.”

Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop by Peter Buescher

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DLBA recently completed a design of a 16-foot rowing/sailing skiff for the Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop.  Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop is a nonprofit organization that uses wooden boatbuilding and other nautical-related activities to help at-risk youth develop the life skills that lead to a successful future. Progress on the skiff is progressing nicely, and the boat is to be dedicated during the TWBW open house on Sunday, May 7, at their facility in Norfolk

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Onboard the Research Vessel R/V Pelican by Peter Buescher

Onboard the Research Vessel R/V Pelican during the UNOLS Research Vessels Operators Committee (RVOC) Meeting in New Orleans. The vessel is owned and operated by Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). Thank you Joe Malbrough with LUMCON for hosting a tour for our Gulf Coast SNAME members.

GIBBS & COX TO EXHIBIT AT 2017 SEA-AIR-SPACE EXPOSITION by Peter Buescher

Arlington, Va. – Gibbs & Cox, Inc., one of the world’s leading independent naval architecture and marine engineering firms, will be among the more than 200 exhibitors at the 52nd annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition taking place April 3 – 5, 2017, at the Gaylord National Convention Center in Oxon Hill, MD.

Gibbs & Cox will highlight our maritime architecture engineers and innovation at Booth 1230, where SAS attendees can learn more about the company’s employment opportunities and design and engineering.

Visitors to the booth also can drop off their business cards for a chance to win a copy of A Man and His Ship: America’s Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States. A winner will be selected each day of SAS. The biography of G&C co-founder William Francis Gibbs was named one of the 10 best nonfiction books of 2012 by the Wall Street Journal.

Sea-Air-Space is now the largest maritime exposition in the United States and continues to be an invaluable extension of the Navy League’s mission of maritime policy education and sea service support.

Hull 488 IPA by Peter Buescher

This past Saturday our Newport News neighbor, Tradition Brewing unveiled their Hull 488 IPA, named for Gibbs & Cox's own SS United States delivered as hull 488 from Newport News Shipbuilding in 1952. Still the world's fastest cruise ship to transit the Atlantic!