Solent, UK

Southampton Solent University

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School of Maritime Science and Engineering

Southampton, SO14 0YN


Contact: Jean-Baptiste Souppez (


Do you have a passion for engineering and want to take this into designing performance power and sailing yachts? If you are interested in analysing design for performance craft - from small racing boats to superyachts - Southampton Solent University’s internationally-recognised expertise in yacht and powercraft design will help build your theoretical and practical knowledge to take the first step into your career as a yacht designer. Students have full access to the University’s specialist facilities, including industry-standard CAD and drawing offices, structural testing laboratory, 5-axis CNC machine, laser cutters and 3D printers, as well as a fully-equipped specialist composite workshop, a 60m towing tank and static four-metre stability tank. Research projects are linked with our industry partners, which ranges from local shipyards to top international racing teams, thanks to the reputation of the University and the dense network of past graduates. The University’s expertise can be illustrated by the Solent Whisper, a foiling catamaran designed, tested and built at Southampton Solent University.




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Examples of typical research projects at Southampton Solent University:

  • An experimental investigation into the use of recycled and sustainable composite materials for yacht manufacturing.
  • An assessment of catamaran’s structural loadings to validate the ISO 12215-7 draft.
  • An FEA analysis of the impact of double curvature on yacht panels to support the revision of the ISO 12215-5.
  • A computational fluid dynamics investigation into the optimisation of yacht bulbs.
  • A towing tank and CFD hydrodynamic evaluation of the IMOCA 60 foils design.
  • Velocity Prediction Program based design optimisation for racing yachts.
  • Redesign and production planning of the historical Dark Harbour 17.5.
  • On the applications of modern naval architecture techniques to historical crafts.
  • Design and production of a 30m power superyacht.
  • Design of a 60ft cruiser-racer with an investigation into appendages design.


To find out more about Southampton Solent University or to discuss your research thesis, contact Jean-Baptiste Souppez: