Loomes Design Group Limited (CLD) is a New Zealand based boat design company
providing naval architecture, exterior styling, interior design, structural
engineering and construction quality management expertise to the private
and commercial sector worldwide.
Incorporated in 1993, but with designs dating back to 1986, the company
has a comprehensive portfolio of ‘on the water’ designs reflecting a passion
for design versatility. Included are a range of production runabouts
and small sail boats, mid sized sports fishers, sailing yachts, commercial
fishing vessels, customs and police patrol boats, and luxury cruising vessels
and super yachts.
A focus on power catamaran design in the mid nineties saw the development
of an innovative wavepiercer catamaran, believed to be the first of its
type to be built in advanced composite materials and also the first to
be specifically built as a private luxury yacht.
Launched in August 1998, and the winner of the prestigious International
Superyacht Design Award in the 23-32m power category for that year, the
first boat is a truly impressive craft of 26m (87’) overall length.
Designed for a keen sports fisherman, Ultimate Lady combines ocean crossing
range capabilities with a sprint speed of 30 knots – a dual feat that neither
high speed coastal cruisers nor trawler style passage makers are generally
considered to be capable of matching.
Her launching has been followed by similar designs and each has been
tailored to meet the varying and demanding requirements of their individual
The emergence of the wavepiercer catamaran as a motor yacht has stimulated
interest (and imitation) around the world and conceptual drawings are now
available for a wide range of wavepiercers designed for a variety of applications.
These range from just 12m overall length to a stunning 85 metres and include
a 50m super yacht design, winner of the 1998 Yacht Vision International
attracting international acclaim for wavepiercer designs, the company principals
remain focussed on applying their skills to a diverse range of vessels
and work in progress always involves a variety of boats, from planing mono
hull patrol craft and 45’ sail boats to 9m power catamarans and 40m motoryachts.
The company employs designers from a diverse background, from experienced
boat builders who bring strong practical thinking to the design office
to diploma and degree qualified engineers and naval architects. With a
strong, practically orientated skill base encompassing naval architecture,
structural engineering and quality audit expertise and taking a highly
professional approach to its work, Craig Loomes Design Group Ltd offers
an unparalleled international vessel design service.
Despite the fact that the company bears his name, Craig strongly values
the management and operational team that allow the organisation to continue
to be a prominent and internationally respected vessel design house. Craig
Loomes Design Group is living proof of synergy – that the total is more
than the sum of its parts. The team members that constitute the group
and who contribute to its success are introduced on our team
Craig Loomes Design Group prides itself on versatility of design, preferring
not to be pigeon holed as designers of just one type of boat. The
is indicative of the variety of boats that carry the CLD badge. In addition
to the many boats that CLD has designed and which have been launched, there
are many that have developed to preliminary design stage – artistic renderings
have been produced, interior arrangements, machinery and tankage layouts
and in many cases, comprehensive specifications have also been written,
permitting accurate estimates of build costs to be determine.
Research forms an important part of the company’s activities as the
principals strive for better, smarter ways of achieving the desired end
programs have included development of portable tow testing rigs, finite
element analysis of critical areas, construction of powered instrumented
models, testing of composite joints for improved production efficiency
and most recently, work with a New Zealand Crown Research Institute on
vessel motions, measuring slamming accelerations on novel hull configurations.
Towing tank work, particularly at the Australian Maritime College facility
in Launceston is carried out on a regular basis and comprehensive work
on motor yacht hull forms scaling to in excess of 60m has been carried
For most owners of a custom boat in build, the designer’s presence at
the construction yard during the project is a necessity. Although
many term such a presence to be ‘Project Management’ CLD prefers the term
of ‘Quality Audit’, which implies a checking and reporting role, rather
than one of management, which is a yard responsibility.
To this end, CLD offer a quality audit and reporting service, which
permits the designers to visit the yard on a regular basis to check general
compliance of the build to the design drawings.
It is usual to report the general state of tidiness of the yard, compliance
with drawings, familiarity of the yard principals and the shop floor workers
with the necessary drawings and specification, maintenance of and in some
cases implementation of quality records, build progress versus milestone
predictions, verification of equipment and material purchase against invoice
Photographs are taken and e-mailed to the owner with a concise report
detailing what has been observed and discussed during the visit.
The yard is party to all reporting, allowing them to react dynamically
to areas of perceived shortfall or to accept acknowledgement of a job well