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The company was originally formed in 1989 by Adam and now operates with Adam and a specialist team of associates, combining to give the best in various aspects of design that go into creating the range of services required for the defined markets we work in.

Adam studied and completed the industry respected Yacht & Boat design course at Southampton College and immediately specialised in the powercraft markets. There were many opportunities to do original research and even now some of the work carried out on planing hull design theory is still very relevant and used. Adam’s final year thesis – investigating aerodynamics through wind tunnel testing of a catamaran gained a distinction. After leaving College Adam worked in the design offices of Souter Shipyard on the Isle of Wight where work covered craft mainly for the commercial market but also leisure, race and sailing.

On leaving Souters Adam formed his own company, largely working on contract for other boat builders. Contract work also included periods in Westland Aerospace and other areas of engineering. This actually gave a really balanced and varied background into design, processes and different aspects of business. Private marine design work was also being carried out and development work being undertaken. The race market was also becoming more important and success was soon to emerge from early designs. Work was also developing in the emerging RIB market, initially with Revenger through which the performance RIB in the UK was becoming noticed!

During the latter part of the 90’s Adam carried on various projects for the UK and foreign markets. Key spells of development included contracts leading the design office of Cougar Marine – covering raceboats to high speed patrol craft and then working in the offices of the RNLI on various aspects of lifeboat design and draughting. Race and championship success also continued for AYD boats both with Adam driving and other crews.

In recent years AYD has increasingly specialised in performance hull design working with many different clients in creating many exciting and significant boats. Work has been particularly successful in the RIB markets and also work in many different countries. The reputation and potential of AYD continues to expand….