Superyacht Design and Consultancy

Owen Clarke Design was founded over twenty years ago and is recognised as being at the leading edge of performance sailboat design. We are particularly known for our earth circling IMOCA Open 60’s such as Ellen MacArthur’s Kingfisher, and as pioneers in the field of canting, lifting, and lifting/canting keel racing and cruising boats.As naval architects and yacht designer s our portfolio of cruising and racing designs are as diverse as our experience.

We provide a full range of naval architecture, yacht design, engineering, project and act as consultants for both new commissions and the refit of large sailing yachts. We are also expert in performance analysis and undertake consultancy work and optimisation under various rating rules, including the new ORCsy Superyacht Rule. Owners, project managers shipyards, legal and professional bodies are supported locally by offices in the UK, New Zealand and through our associates in the United States.

Our own designs have been styled by Allen Clarke, who having completed three years studying yacht design at the world famous Southampton Institute worked for the largest interior design company in the West of England before forming Owen Clarke Design with Merfyn Owen in 1991. Allen designed OCD’s first large cruising yacht, Spirit of Adventure, a 65’ performance blue water cruiser built by Marten Yachts, New Zealand.

Merfyn Owen is a graduate of University College London and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. He is OCD’s senior naval architect and to date his responsibilities have been mainly focused on the office’s race boat designs, including running the research and development programs associated with grand prix projects. In 2009 he was the lead designer of Owen Clarke’s first superyacht, an on-going project, the details of which remain confidential as they are subject to contract.

Clay Oliver, co-designer of OCD’s last three Open 60’s is an American naval architect based in Annapolis who also brings to the group his experience gained at the Farr office and subsequently principal designer for Team New Zealand. He is co-designer of Mari Cha 4, and the 100’ maxis Genuine Risk and the winner of the 2011 Sydney-Hobart, Loyal (ex Maximus). The fourth designer and lynch-pin of the superyacht team is Tim Sadler who runs the office in New Zealand. Before he joined Owen Clarke in 2001 he spent the previous decade working at Marten Yachts and Sensation Yachts, where he was the design and project engineer on new builds including the 147’ ketch, Mari Cha 3.

If as an owner you’re looking for something exciting and innovative, as well as stylish your next sailing yacht then we would like to share in that dream.

OCD 77 high performance day sailer                               
OCD 84 ORCsy racer-cruiser
OCD 95 blue water cruiser  
OCD 100 Wally Cento IRC racer-cruiser
OCD 107 performance blue water cruiser
OCD 130 high performance racer cruiser
OCD 130 performance blue water cruiser

The independent consultancy servicesoffered are defined in three groups; project consultancy, naval architecture and design/engineering. Work is carried out by OCD's experienced design/engineering staff and/or by our design associates with oversight by ourselves. Undertaken independently or as part of the client's team, from our offices in the UK, New Zealand and through our associates in the United States. No task is considered to be too large or too small and we work with:

Design offices and naval architects



Project management companies

Skippers and teams

Legal and professional service groups

Project Consultancy

Owner's procurement support/advice
Concept design and feasability studies
Build and refit specifications
Refit technical consultancy
Acceptance inspection and sea trials
Expert witness and dispute resolution
Naval Architecture

Computational fluid dynamics CFD
Hull model and appendage testing
Wind tunnel testing
Hydrostatic stability calculations
Performance analysis + prediction
Mass calculation and audit
Design and Engineering

Composite engineering
Structural design & analysis
Mechanical system design
Custom hardware design
Finite element engineering
Interior concepts and design

Link here to examples of  engineering consultancy services we have supplied to previous projects.

Angels Share -winner best refit at the 2011International Superyacht Awards andSuperyacht Society Awards, project and naval architecture consultancy by Owen Clarke Design. Most recently first in class at the 2013 Newport Superyacht Bucket Regatta


For more information regarding our designs and superyacht services email:OCD Superyachts



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