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6 design milestones for Olesinski

6 design milestones for Olesinski



The creation of the Medium Vee-Hull

Medium Vee-Hull

While Olesinski is now known as an award-winning superyacht designer the company’s roots are in the smaller boat industry. The business — which was founded in Cowes in 1972 — has been built on founder Bernard Olesinski’s early innovations, which notably included the Medium Vee Hull. This development transformed the passenger experience on smaller boats and revolutionised the pleasure boat market.

“Previous to the Medium Vee Hull there weren't really any pleasure boats, they tended to either be used for commercial or military purposes,” explains Olesinski’s son Justin, who is now managing director. “The hull design made it so much more comfortable that it meant you could take your family out and boats suddenly they became leisure items."

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The introduction of 3D CAD technology

3D CAD technology

In the mid-80s the company proved once again that it was at the forefront of design when it became the first British naval architect firm to use 3D computer-aided design (CAD). Justin marks this as the start of the company’s devotion to improving hull efficiency.

“With the use of 3D CAD we were able to make the lines much smoother which in turn helped make our hulls efficient,” Justin says. “Since then year on year our hulls have become increasingly efficient.”

This development in hull efficiency not only benefits the environment but also allows for greater advancements in design without loosing speed or fuel efficiency.

The use of 3D CAD also helped to revolutionise the design of interior accommodation.

“Previously a lot of the work was done on the boat as it was built,” Justin explains. “By going 3D it meant that everything could be resolved at the design end which saved a lot of time.”

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April 2013

Princess 40m launched using CFD technology

Princess 40m

“The Princess 40 metre is special to us because we won a World Superyacht Award,” reminisces Justin. “It was one of the first composite superyachts and it made us realise we were capable of doing these large yachts.”

The more than 35-year partnership between Princess and Olesinski has seen both firms thrive.

As well as being an award-winner the Princess 40 metre also marked the successful introduction of another new technology — Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The software allows the efficiency of hulls to be tested digitally rather than requiring potentially expensive and time-consuming tank testing.

“We wanted to be able to visually tank test in the office so that we could become more efficient,” explains Justin. “We still ran five tank tests with the Princess 40m just to confirm that we were right. This was first time we used the CFD in parallel and it showed the same results. It was the first time we knew we could hang our hat on it.”

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