Gregory C. Marshall

Designer in Profile: Gregory Marshall, Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architects Ltd

Gregory C. Marshall & Nobiskrug have been shortlisted for the Motor Yacht Over 80 Meters Award in The International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2020. Read more about Naval Architect, Gregory Marshall below:

Name: Gregory Marshall

Company: Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architects Ltd

Position within company: CEO


Tell us a little about your background in design
I pretty much began designing boats at birth. At 13 years old I was fortunate to meet Orin Edson the Owner of Bayliner boats and eventually Westport Yachts he introduced me to renowned designer William Garden during summer holidays at the age of 15. Garden thoughts that my passion for designing large yachts would wane over the course of the summer and here I am 44 years later and still love my job.

How would you describe your personal design style?
I began designing yachts meant to be explored in and I would say that my passion and personal design style is still rooted there. Even when we create an ultra modern Superyacht like Artefact it is designed for serious global exploring and that takes a different mindset that one designed to ply the Mediterranean for its life

Where does your design inspiration come from?
As a family we do a lot of boating of all sorts. The more time that I spend on the water the more ideas flow out. I am always passionate about creating vessels that push the technological material and environmental boundaries.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
This is a very exciting time for design.  Advances in materials such as glass are making for some very ground breaking designs right now. I think that we have gotten past the phase of designing something different just to be different. The direction today is much more sophisticated and interesting. Owners are much more daring. 3D printing will really revolutionize design. Artistic minds combined with this sort of technology is going to produce some amazing design solutions.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
Advanced Materials
3D Printing
Foiling Yachts
Low Carbon Footprint

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
Use the types of Yachts that you design. So many designs are clearly developed by people that do not go on the ocean.

How important are The International Yacht & Aviation Awards?
They are one of the premier Awards for the Yacht Industry.

What projects are you currently working on?
We are very fortunate to have a wide and diverse array of projects on the boards. Our smallest project is an 11 foot 300 hp rocket ship and the largest is 82 meters for a repeat client. We are currently in the middle of designing a 35 and 52 meter project for Westport Yachts. We have a 50 Meter at Crescent Custom Yachts. A 47 meter at Dunya Shipyards and a 36 Meter at Burger Boat Company.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
We are building a foiling 40 knot all Electric Yacht for ourselves. Its purpose is to demonstrate the advantages of this sort of technology as well as a little fun along the way

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Your most treasured possession?
My Boat

Your favourite holiday destination?
The British Columbia Coast

Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
Mandarin Oriental Hotel In Hong Kong
Zanzibar Café in Brentwood Bay Saanich BC

Your favourite book, film & song?
Steve Jobs
Princess Bride
Zac Brown “Knee Deep”

Your favourite food and drink?
A Fresh Caught feast on the dock, Bumbu Rum

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
With my family and friends on my boat

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
Trick question. Why would I be anything other that a Yacht Designer?

Gregory C. Marshall & Nobiskrug have been shortlisted for the Motor Yacht Over 80 Meters Award in The International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2020.

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