Vessel Design


Vessel Design

Our core business is the design and engineering of class leading high speed commercial vessels.

Since 1997 Southerly Designs has been at the forefront of high speed aluminium vessel design.

Drawing on over 40 years of experience in designing, constructing and operating fast commercial vessels, our professional and dedicated team has forged an enviable reputation for producing robust vessels that are practical, handle well even in extreme conditions, are fuel efficient and offer comfort without sacrificing performance.

Shipbuilding partners in Australia, Singapore, Mexico and Vietnam

Currently there are over 300 Southerly vessels, ranging from 5 m to 52 m, operating in diverse roles around the world.

From the early years designing the renowned G.B.B. (Geraldton Boat Builders) lobster fishing boats, that dominated output through the 1980’s and 90’s, Southerly Designs have expanded and diversified their range to suit a wide variety of applications and clients across the globe.

Southerly Designs is now an established provider of quality vessel designs including:

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  • Long range and high speed patrol vessels for multiple Australian and international military and law enforcement agencies;
  • Offshore support vessels in oil and gas, construction and aquaculture;
  • High speed fishing vessels;
  • Pilot Boats;
  • Tourism and charter vessels;
  • Leisure craft and motor yachts.

Our full range of vessels can be accessed via the Designs menu at the top of the page.

As an early adopter of computer design technology within Western Australia’s shipbuilding industry, we employ the latest in naval architecture software and CAD/CAM techniques, allowing Southerly Designs to maintain a position at the forefront of the industry.

Southerly utilise an extensive range of integrated software packages, including:

  • The Max surf suite of programs for hull design, detailed hydrostatic and stability analysis;
  • Bentley Microstation for general drawing, 3D visualisations and production modelling;
  • Ship constructor for structural detailing and production output.

Close consultation with owners, operators and builders, combined with modern technology and an extensive database of real world data – a result of a long association with the marine industry – enables Southerly Designs to continuously deliver innovative and efficient designs to satisfied clients around the world.

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A typical Southerly Design package includes performance prediction, 2D and 3D visualisations, structural design, system schematics, main shafting and rudders, fire and safety diagrams, nested router cut part files, comprehensive construction and approval drawings, and stability analysis.

With a wide range of clients globally, Southerly have designed to most of the major classification society rules and government regulations. We offer high quality design packages to international classes such as ABS, Lloyds, DNV or B, as well as to the local NSCV code.

Southerly Designs takes pride in delivering customised solutions to each and every client.

Our track record speaks for itself.