Shotley: Former Oyster Marine head of design Alan Boswell launches his own company

Alan Boswell of Boswell Yacht Design

Alan Boswell of Boswell Yacht Design - Credit: Archant

Alan Boswell, for many years head of design at Ipswich-based yacht company Oyster Marine, has set up his own company, Boswell Yacht Design Ltd.

The Shotley-based firm offers a professional design service for yachts and power boats, either supplementing an in-house team, or working as a fully outsourced operation.

Mr Boswell, who trained as a naval architect and began his career as a boatbuilder, said: “As a very practical person, I understand where my clients are coming from and what they and the boatbuilders need, whether they are a one-man band or a large superyacht builder.”

Previously, Mr Boswell also headed the technical design team at Dubois Naval Architects Ltd where he was responsible for the detailed design of Ed Dubois’ first superyacht, the 125 foot sloop Aquel, and was involved in the development of well-known yacht brands such as Moody, Westerly, and Wauquiez.

“It hasn’t just been plain sailing though,” recalls Alan. “I’ve enjoyed specialising in the provision of unusual rig designs, such as junk rigs and wing sail rigs, for over 200 customers carrying out conversions.

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“And the most unusual project of all was designing Moksha, the amazing pedal-powered boat which Jason Lewis used to become the first person to complete a human powered circumnavigation of the world!”

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