Christian studied Yacht Design at the renowned Southampton Institute of Technology and, after graduating with Distinction, set up Christian Stimson Yacht Design in Cowes in the UK, where the incorporated company Stimson Yachts Ltd continues to be based.
Since the early days, which produced high performance boats such as the B28 and International 14 dinghies, Christian’s portfolio has grown to include a broad range of boats with a variety of functions and features, from fast raceboats to comfortable cruisers, from all-weather power catamarans to 40 knot superyacht RIB tenders. His experience with raceboats, the focus of much of his career, led to him joining GBR Challenge for the 2003 America’s Cup campaign.
Since then, Christian’s designs have included power boats as much as sailing yachts, and the philosophy of Stimson Yachts has been determined by his strong belief that both disciplines have much to learn from the other.
James Donovan has 30 years of yacht design experience working with some of the most respected yacht designers like Bruce Farr, Doug Peterson, and Gary Mull. Combininig this experience with over 35 years of yacht racing and cruising has provided him a solid foundation in all facets of yacht design. His design work has been diverse, involvoing over 150 different yacht designs ranging in size from 6m daysailers to 40m luxury yachts, including America’s Cup yachts, Round the World Race yachts, Grand-Prix racing yachts, successful One Designs, and high speed powerboats.
In 1995 James established J.P. Donovan Design firm. Since then he has produced many custom yacht designs and modified existing yachts and worked as a designer with AC syndicates specialising in design/construction for both hull and rig construction.
Haluk studied Naval Architecture and Marine Mechanical Engineering at Yıldız Technical University, in Istanbul. After his graduation in 1990 he has been involved in various motor and sail boat mega yacht projects in Turkey and worked as site engineer, design engineer and project manager. Before setting up his own company in 2005, he worked eight years for Proteksan Turquoise Yacht. His work at Suntay Design involved 50 m. and 55 m. motor yacht projects working as designer, structural engineer and Project manager; building two 33 m classic sailing yachts, and designing many small commuters and trawler type motor yachts. He says; “Our major reference is not only the projects that we completed successfully but the clients who we work for second or even third time”.