Yacht engineering and hydraulic design

Towards the end of a period of ten years when Owen Clarke Design had been designing the mechanical systems, hydraulic rams and the canting keel on our own racing and cruising yachts we undertook the engineering of the hydraulic lifting keel of the 100' Bill Dixon designed superyacht Liara. Finite element analysis was used to verify the design concept which has a fabricated stainless steel fin and bulb moving within a hybrid, forged and fabricated keel stub. This allowed for a maximum sailing draft while minimising the impact on the interior of the yacht.

OCD were responsible for liasing with yacht's composite engineers SP/Gurit and the certification society as well as working with designers and yard to complete this complex engineering challenge on time and within budget. This project won thedesign and technology award at the inaugural Showboats Design Awards in Palm Beach in 2009.

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