Our Ethos

Turning dreams into reality is our business

Founded in 2015, Thorne Yacht Design set out to deliver an efficient range of naval architecture and yacht design services, now achieved with an unrivalled helping of character and style.

An outstanding collective of naval architects, structural engineers, stylists and systems engineers, the Thorne Yacht Design team continually strives to make any process informative and enjoyable for all involved. Exuding a tangible passion for each project undertaken, their combined years of global expertise in composite yacht manufacture and developing recreational boats and superyacht tenders result in an impressive portfolio.

Passion for design and sailing led us here

Eliot Thorne has a love for all things nautical. A highly talented naval architect, he has worked across multiple disciplines within the marine industry, from production to engineering. He developed Leopard Catamarans in Cape Town, and he led the high-performance HH Catamaran’s engineering department in China. Extending his skillset, Eliot established Thorne Design, a primary reason the business has evolved as a market leader. Putting down roots on the south coast of the UK, he loves to indulge in plenty of sailing and kiteboarding in his free time.

British-born Tom Hemingway grew up in Dubai, becoming an avid multi-hull sailor and keenly participating in many UK sailing events today. Whilst working at Green Marine, his stand-out initiative and skills were seconded to Vitters Shipyard, assisting in developing their latest iconic J-Class project. A lead design engineer specialising in 3D concept development, his natural ability and attention to detail are highly valued. Tom loves time outdoors, especially sailing, when not at the drawing board.

Eliot

Eliot

Director | Naval Architect | Technical Sales

Key skills: Concept development, project manager.

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Tom

Lead Design Engineer | Naval Architect

Key skills: Concept development, naval architecture, project manager.

Gavin

Gavin

Senior Design Engineer | Naval Architect

Key skills: Naval architecture, powerboat development, structural engineering, CFD analysis.

Jordan

Jordan

Design Engineer | Naval Architect

Key skills: Naval architecture, high-speed craft design, performance analysis, stability analysis.

Alessandra

Alessandra

Structural Engineer

Key skills: Composite structural engineering, extensive knowledge of certification standards, FEA analysis.

Jeremy

Jeremy

Design Engineer

Key skills: Interior design & Production engineering, naval architecture, parametric modelling design.

Sian

Sian

Admin | Marketing

Key skills: Project progress reports, social media, travel coordination.

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Maria

Naval Architect | Design Engineer

Key skills: 3D modelling, interior and exterior development.

Jack

Jack

Design Engineer

Key skills: 3D Modelling, product design, structural drafting.

Will

Will

Design Engineer | Naval Architect

Key skills: 3D modelling, naval architecture, composite drafting.

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Oliver

Design Engineer | Conceptual Stylist

Key skills: Conceptual sketching, styling development, 3D modelling, production engineering.

Etienne

Etienne

Design Engineer | Naval Architect

Key skills: 3D modelling, composite design & production, multihull design

Ben

Ben

Lead Systems Design Engineer

Key skills:  Systems engineering, 3D modelling, composite module design

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Joao

Design Engineer | Naval Architect

Key skills:  3D modelling, powerboat design, composite design

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Will

Lead Design Engineer

Key skills: 3D modelling, powerboat design, production engineering, systems design

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Ashley

Accounts | Marketing

Key skills: Office management, marketing management, financial control

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