Doug ZurnZurn Yacht Design has been a valuable resource for aesthetically pleasing yachts; bringing timeless designs to discriminating clientele in sail and power. With over 450 power and sailboats launched in the last 20-plus years, it’s difficult not to recognize a Zurn Design as she passes in the water.

A native to the Great Lakes region of North America, founder Doug Zurn grew up sailing and boating on his family’s boats. “I was very fortunate to be exposed at a very young age to the talents of Philip Rhodes, Jim McCurdy and Ray Hunt”. He absorbed Skene’s Elements of Yacht Design at the age of 17 and went on to receive his professional degree in yacht design with honors from The Westlawn School of Yacht Design in 1993 (that same year establishing Zurn Yacht Design). During this time he apprenticed with some of North America's premier naval architects and custom and production builders. He maintains a professional membership with the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), as well as the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA)


Designing yachts is about bringing people's ideas to fruition. At ZYD, we are liaisons between the client and the builder. In simple form, we translate the client’s wishes, through two- and three-dimensional drawings, such that the specific builder can efficiently do their job. Doing this in a fashion that results in good looks, efficiency and safety (not necessarily in that order) is the challenge we endeavor each day. It is very clear that form and function need to work in stride when designing a yacht. The attention spent to each detail, several times throughout the design spiral, is the No. 1 key element of any successful design. Not a single detail can be left alone. This is what we strive for.


Born: 3/13/63
Where: Erie, Pennsylvania USA
Boats: 130 designs and 455 builds
Hobbies: Sailing, skiing, squash, music.

Zurn Yacht Design
2 Catherine Lane
Marblehead, MA 01945 USA
PH: 1 781 639 0678

Skype: doug.zurn

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