SYDW 2014 Speaker Spotlight: Jaron Ginton

Jaron Ginton
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Jaron Ginton shared his background during SYDW 2014

With a navy background and full time lover of the sea, Jaron Ginton was quite naturally drawn to the world of superyacht design. Following his studies in naval architecture, he has worked on some of the most iconic designs in recent years, including Metsuyan IV and a number of 40m sloops and motoryachts across Europe.

1. How long have you worked in the superyacht industry? Can you share a bit about your background?

I went to study naval architecture after 11 years of active sea time that includes five years in the navy as a naval officer and later as captain of charter boats. At the relatively “old age of 29", after crossing the Atlantic ocean on my small 9m wooden boat, I went to study Naval architecture (BSc) and have worked in the superyacht industry since 1987. This sea experience is the most significant foundation of my work today and I believe every naval architect and designer should have some sea time.

The company itself was established in 1991 as Ginton & Weber Naval Architects. I was responsible for the Naval Architecture and F. Weber for the interior design. In 2002 the partnership ended, and I continued the business as Ginton Naval Architects bv

I'm a member of the Netherlands Society of Yacht Designers and Naval Architects (NBJA) and am also is the treasurer within the board of the Society.

In total more than 50 successful hulls have been designed and built through the team.

2. What project are you most proud of?

Metsuyan IV has a special place in my heart. Her owner Mr. David Lewis who has passed away not long ago at the age of 88, had a “boat philosophy” very similar to mine and together we designed a very clever boat. CBI Navi in Viarregio was the builder and Ken Freivokh was the interior designer.

3. What is your design philosophy?

The answer could be comprised in one word: SIMPLICITY. Boats are complicated by their nature, and if you don’t take great effort to keep it simple, you end up with an over-complicated ship, that is difficult to build and difficult to operate. This effort to obtain simplicity is a continuing effort through the whole design and build process.

4. What attracts you to the world of superyacht design?

I am attracted to the technical challenges. We are designing superyachts, but also work boats and naval craft. Any design that requires a special technical and design feature attracts me be it a superyacht or a work boat.

5. What aspect of SuperyachtDESIGN Week are you most looking forward to?

I am very interested to hear from the lawyers at Clyde and Co about the legal implication of the (digital) 3D design.

6. Why do you think events such as these are important for the industry?

Through the years, due to developments, plenty of technical knowledge has been obtained. A significant portion of this knowledge is available to everyone, however, much of this knowladge is not utilised. We live in an era with an overwhelming amount of information and many naval architects and engineers do not always realise that certain knowledge they may need exists. An event like SuperyachtDESIGN Week highlights this fact and stimulates naval architects and engineers to search for existing knowledge and utilise it.

7. What can guests hope to hear about/take away from your session?

I am intending to give a general overview of intelligent design through the whole process of design: hull, structure, stability, engine room etc.

8. What exciting upcoming projects/innovations can we see from you in the near future?

The 40m sloop Extreme is now under construction in Turkey and she will have a very special transom area with the aft-deck elevating on a scissor-lift.

SYDW 2014 Speaker Spotlight: Jaron Ginton