About KD Marine Design

KD Marine Design is a firm of naval architects, yacht designers and composite engineers based in Cape Town, South Africa.  We offer both complete naval architectural design solutions and specialist analytical and optimisation services to owners, boat builders, shipyards and other naval architects and yacht designers.

The company was founded by Keith Davies, a naval architect and qualified boatbuilder.  After graduating as a naval architect from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Keith spent two years doing research into the finite element analysis of composite spars before enrolling at the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) in Suffolk in the U.K.  After graduating from the IBTC, Keith returned to Cape Town in 1996 and has since accumulated a wealth of experience in general naval architecture, boat and yacht design and building, ranging from detailed joinery design, construction and installation to finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics.

The company philosophy is one of excellence through innovation and the tireless pursuit of better solutions within the marine industry.

KD Marine Design remains committed to staying at the forefront of technical advancements in naval architecture, through the continual evaluation and implementation of new technology, techniques and software tools.

It is vital that today’s naval architects keep abreast of their rapidly developing professional environment, and at KD Marine Design no effort is spared in keeping the business at the forefront of naval architectural development.