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Rob & Tom Humphreys Mike Jones
Rob Humphreys observes a tank testing session
HYD with members of Team Russia and Green Marine
Wind Tunnel Testing with Team Russia at the Auckland University facility
Rans CFD aero-analysis of a high speed motor yacht

Humphreys Yacht Design boasts a portfolio of work that is as diverse as it is successful. Founded in 1974, HYD’s roots lie in the design of racing yachts and small custom sailing yachts, but over the years the office has expanded into the series-production and large custom sectors, for both sailing and motor yachts – yet still without forsaking what for years has been its core business. Indeed, the diversity of projects undertaken creates a fertile crossflow of thinking and helps to maintain HYD’s standing at the cutting edge of yacht design, keeping ideas fresh and allowing skills and knowledge from one area of the design spectrum to filter across into others.

The studio combines the latest in design technology and techniques with an experienced team of designers, and its performance pedigree underpins a technical expertise that few other design houses can match. Coupled with strong stylistic flair and an approach to designing yachts that places the clients’ wishes and aspirations first and foremost, the discernible theme that runs through all the studio’s projects is the combination of efficient, easily driven and seaworthy sail and motor yachts, overlaid with the distinctive aesthetic and functional requirements of the owner. As testament to this, a number of awards have been collected over the years, most recently for the 37m high performance motor yacht Ermis² with a total tally of three international awards.

Closely related to the main yacht design business are Humphreys Interior Design, headed by Jo Humphreys, and the Humphreys Brokerage division. The former offers bespoke interior design solutions for our designs and for other projects, from complete geometric, structural and stylistic interior design as developed for Ermis² to sourcing and supplying of fabrics, furnishings and interior hardware. Many Oysters, for example, have been customised by Humphreys Interior Design to meet owners’ very particular needs and preferences.

Humphreys Brokerage has developed out of the relationship the Humphreys office enjoys with its customer base, and from the attention many Humphreys production boats command in the market place. As enthusiastic designers it is not surprising that there should be an active dialogue between the studio and its yacht owners, as well as with aspiring yacht owners. Through our own Brokerage wing we can offer a co-ordinated and comprehensive service, drawing on our extensive archive and being able to offer intricate advice with regard to the techincal aspects of the designs.