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SPACESHIP 60 BUILD: Before we put our tool belts on

Updated: Oct 5, 2023

Designing the Spaceship 60: A Comprehensive Guide to System Integration


Before we start construction, it's crucial to meticulously plan and design all the systems that will go into a Spaceship 60 or custom build. This post will explore the intricate process of designing and integrating various systems, such as plumbing, hydraulics, engines, and more.

Research and Requirements Gathering

Before diving into the design process, we conduct thorough research to understand each build's needs and requirements. This involves identifying the vessel's intended use, size, payload capacity, survey and performance expectations. Environmental regulations, safety standards, and industry best practices are also accounted for.

CAD Software: Our Design Arsenal

Computer-aided design (CAD) software is indispensable in modern naval architecture and the actual build. Utilizing CAD software allows us to create detailed 3D models of each build we do, helping us visualize and iterate the build before construction begins. We use a combination of AutoCAD, Rhino, and SolidWorks, along with various CNC and 3D printing programs.

System Integration

a. Plumbing System:

  • Designing the plumbing system involves determining the locations of freshwater tanks, sewage treatment systems, and all necessary pipes and fittings.

  • Use CAD software to create plumbing diagrams, ensuring proper water flow and waste disposal.

b. Hydraulics System:

  • You must carefully plan the placement and hydraulic circuitry for components such as winches, bow thrusters, steering and swim platforms.

  • CAD software helps us create detailed hydraulic schematics and ensure the efficient operation of these systems.

c. Engine Room Design:

  • Designing the engine room is a critical aspect of any vessel's construction. The placement of engines, generators, and other mechanical components to optimize performance and accessibility is critical.

  • CAD models can help you assess the layout and accessibility of engine components.

Structural Penetrations

A very important part of the design process is the planning and location of structural penetrations, as we design the interior structure of each catamaran, we plan for penetrations or openings to accommodate various systems. This includes designing bulkheads, ducts, and access hatches that allow for plumbing, electrical, and hydraulic systems installation and maintenance. CAD software enables precise placement and sizing of these penetrations while ensuring structural integrity; files are generated to be then used on our CNC machine

Integrating Electrical Systems

In addition to mechanical systems, a high-tech catamaran relies heavily on electrical systems for navigation, communication, lighting, and more. Use CAD software to design the electrical layout, ensuring that wiring and components are organized and easily accessible.

Materials and Construction

Once we have completed the detailed design of all systems and structural elements, our structural engineer, working alongside our build staff, will select the appropriate materials and construction methods. Factors such as the catamaran's intended use, budget constraints, and durability requirements are all taken into consideration.


Designing a high-tech catamaran is complex. By leveraging CAD software and conducting thorough research and past build experience, we create a detailed blueprint that encompasses all essential systems, structural penetrations, and considerations for construction. This meticulous approach results in a more efficient, well-thought-out build, it's a discipline we have learnt over many builds, always striving for efficiencies and wanting to present to each customer the best boat we can.

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