LOMOcean Design

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LOMOcean Design is a naval architecture and yacht design company based in Auckland, New Zealand.[1]


LOMOcean Design, previously known as Craig Loomes Design Group ltd., was incorporated in 1993, but has some designs that date back as far as 1986.[2] The company underwent a name change from Craig Loomes Design Group to LOMOcean Design in 2009 as a way of showing the contributions that the other directors and staff have made towards the company.[3] The company designs custom, one off boats, and the boats designed range between 10 meters in length such as the 10 meter Police Strike Craft[4] to vessels as big as 148 meters in length such as the 148m Moonset trimaran super yacht.[5] The boats use advanced composite materials, such as carbon fibre and kevlar,[6] as well as aluminium and other such materials.[7] Worldwide sales include Europe, the Americas, Oceania, South East Asia and the Middle East. The company has become known for designing a range of cutting edge wave-piercing catamarans and trimarans, most notably, Earthrace,[8] and Tûranor PlanetSolar.[9] Other than the wave-piercing designs, LOMOcean has also designed mono hull boats as well as power catamarans.[10] The boats designed by LOMOcean Design are designed with a wide range of purposes in mind, such as fire fighting boats, global circumnavigating boats, pleasure yachts, coastguard boats and research vessels.[11]

Notable designs[edit]

148m Moonset wave-piercing trimaran[edit]

The Moonset wave-piercing trimaran is a concept boat from LOMOcean Design, formerly known as Craig Loomes Design Group Ltd.. The boat has not yet been built.[12] This 148 meter concept design has been based on the design of Earthrace (Ady Gil), the round-the-world record holder for a power boat.[13] Moonset uses the hull form of Earthrace, and can still be used as a luxury yacht.[14] The boat does this by using a similar wave-piercing trimaran hull form[15] as Earthrace (Ady Gil).[16] A wave-piercing hull is when a boat pushes through a wave[17] instead of over it by slightly submerging the boat.[18] The design has a three level owner's suite,[19] a private owners lounge and enough rooms for 28 guests.[20] The boat can also potentially have art galleries, libraries,[21] conference spaces, private lounges, bar facilities, helicopter facilities and fold-out balconies.[22] The LOMOcean Design website says that the boat is "Capable at crossing the Atlantic at 40 knots without a spill from your wine glass"[23]


Aquavette was launched in 2004 and was built by Calibre Boats.[24] Aquavette is an 11 meter long catamaran[25] that has been designed as a pleasure boat with a focus on sport fishing.[26] This boat has two sleeping compartments and a meter long fishing deck.[27] Aquavette has also been designed in a way that it can be transported around New Zealand on a trailer.[28] Aquavette has a top speed of 40 knots and a cruise speed of 25 knots.[29]

Black Pearl (DP-08)[edit]

The motor yacht Black Pearl, also known as DP-08, was launched on 29 December 2010 in New Zealand and was built by Diverse Projects.[30][31] Black Pearl has been designed as a long-range passage-making vessel that will be used for a world cruise that will start in the Mediterranean and will end in Australia.[32] DP-08 is powered by two Caterpillar C18 ACERT 600 horsepower (450 kW) engines[33] and has a trans-Atlantic range of 2,200 nautical miles (4,100 km) and due to the mono hull form, it is able to cruise at 13 knots (24 km/h).[34] Black Pearl will be fitted with zero speed stabilizers.[35]

DMS Interceptor[edit]

The DMS Interceptor was built by DMS (Destination Marine Services) for the Royal Malaysian Customs. The design is a follow-up from the work that LOMOcean Design has performed designing boats for both the Malaysian Police and the Royal Malaysian Customs.[36] Four of these boats have been built[37] for DMS in Johor in South Malaysia.[38] The series of 16.5 meter boats have a top speed of 65 knots and are used for the task of intercepting other boats as an enforcer of customs laws in the waters in and around Malaysia.[39]

Earthrace (Ady Gil)[edit]

Earthrace, later renamed Ady Gil, was launched in 2006 and was built by Calibre boats.


According to the LOMOcean Design website, Excalibre was designed to suit the "typical New Zealand Outdoorsman".[40][41] This means that the boat has been designed for sport fishing, bottom fishing, spear fishing, diving and swimming.[42] Excalibre is 11.6 meters long, has a top speed of 30 knots and a cruise speed of 24 knots.[43]


Hawere is 15 meters long and has a draft of 1.2 meters.[44] Hawere is a research vessel that was built for the University of Auckland and it currently operates in the Leigh[45] Marine Laboratory, north of Auckland, New Zealand.[46] A two speed gearbox is installed in the boat so that the boat can operate while performing survey work, trolling or during dredging exercises.[47] Hawere has a top speed of 27 knots, cruise speed of 18 knots and a range of 375 nautical miles.[48]

Massive Attack[edit]

Massive Attack is a power boat that has been designed for water skiing and the possibility of offshore powerboat racing.[49] The hull is light and weighs 225 kg.[50] Massive Attack is 5.9 meters long and has a top speed of 80 miles per hour.[51]

Patrol One[edit]

Patrol One was built in Mauritius by Diogene Marine and was designed to be used as a private yacht in the Indian Ocean surrounding Mauritius.[52] Patrol One is a trimaran which means that the boat is stable in rough seas.[53] Patrol One is able to travel at speeds of up to 29 knots[54] across the 250 nautical mile stretch of water between the islands of Mauritius and Saint Brandon and back again without refuelling.[55]

Tûranor PlanetSolar[edit]

Tûranor PlanetSolar is a boat that was launched on 31 March 2010 and is entirely powered by solar panels. The boat aims to set the world circumnavigation record for a solar powered vessel, promoting the potential of solar power. Tûranor PlanetSolar is the world's largest solar powered vessel.

Power Sail[edit]

Power Sail is the name of a range of 15 and 20 meter long boats designed by LOMOcean Design.[56] The boats can both motor and sail at 18 knots.[57] This is because the boat has a Z-drive system that means that the motor can retract horizontally and is covered by a door. When the boat is sailing, the motor is retracted to reduce drag.[58]


Rhythm was launched in early 2003 and is used as a private fishing boat in New Zealand.[59] The boat was designed to look similar to lobster boats found on the East Coast of the United States, but it uses modern hull technology[60] Rhythm is 13.5 meters long and has a top speed of 27 knots and a cruise speed of 20 knots.[61]


Sampitres was launched in 2002 and was built by Vaudrey Miller Yachts.[62] Sampitres is a pleasure boat designed for long distance trips or to be used as a day boat. Sampitres is similar to Ultimate Lady and is also a wave-piercing catamaran.[63] Sampitres has a range of 3490 nautical miles which means that it is capable of trans-Atlantic travel. Sampitres is not as wide as Ultimate Lady, which means that it can be parked in the Mediterranean which is known for its tight berthing situations.[64][65] Sampitres was listed as a finalist for the 2002 Super Yacht Society International design award.[66] The boat can travel at a maximum speed of 28 knots and is 23.7 meters in length.


Spirit was launched in 1999 and was built by Friendship Yachts.[67] Spirit is a pleasure boat that uses wave-piercing technology which means that the boat is more stable and faster in rough seas.[68] The boat has three cabins, a jacuzzi,[69] and a platform at the aft of the boat that can be lowered from a meter above the water line to 500mm below the water line for swimming, fishing and retrieving tender boats.[70] Spirit is 24.6 meters long and has a top speed of 25 knots and cruises at 22 knots.[71]

Ultimate Lady[edit]

Ultimate Lady was launched in 1998 and was designed to be used for long distance fishing trips and as a charter boat.[72] It was one of the first wave-piercing catamarans designed to be used as a private motor yacht.[73][74] A wave-piercing catamaran is a hull form that means that the two outer hulls go through waves instead of over them which means that the boat is more stable and can go faster in rough water.[75] Ultimate Lady has received the International Super Yacht Society Award in the 23-32m category for the 26m wavepiercer Ultimate Lady. Also, the boat has received many awards in fishing competitions, often out-doing several smaller, nimble fishing boats.[76][77] Ultimate Lady is available as a charter boat to hire.[78][79] Ultimate Lady is 26.7 meters long and has a beam of 10 meters,[80] and can reach a maximum speed of 30 knots and has a cruise speed of 25 knots.[81] Ultimate Lady has a range of 3000 nautical miles.[82]

Yellow Water Taxi[edit]

The Yellow Water Taxi is a series of boats designed in collaboration with Grant Reed Designs and they are operational in the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand.[83] The fleet of Yellow Water Taxis were launched in 2003.[84] The taxis are 11.25 meters long and can be powered by either propellers or water jets which are powered by one Scania diesel engine.[85][86]


  • 2008 The World Powerboat Circumnavigation Record (Earthrace)
  • 2002 Super Yacht Society International Design Award finalist (Sampitres)
  • 1998 International Super Yacht of the Year award (Ultimate Lady)
  • 1998 Spruce Goose Design Competition winner (WP50)
  • 1994 Boating NZ magazine Fishing Boat of the Year award (Tournament 7)
  • 1993 Powerboat Race Organisation efficiency award (Tournament 8)
  • 1993 Volvo Penta Powerboat Rally multi-class winner (Tournament 8)

Magazine appearances[88][edit]

  • The Yacht Report, January 2009 (Cover)
  • Boote Exclusiv, August 2008 (Page 32)
  • Work Boat World, January 2007
  • Trade-a-Boat, March 2006 (Cover & Page 34)
  • SeaSpray, November 2005
  • Boating NZ, October 2004 (Page 42)
  • Trade-A-Boat, October 2004 (Page 32)
  • Trade-A-Boat, September 2004 (Cover)
  • Boating NZ, April 2003 (Cover)
  • Trade-A-Boat, January 2001 (Cover)
  • Boote Exclusiv, September 1999 (Cover)
  • NZ Launch and Yacht, November 1998 (Cover & Page 22)
  • Boating NZ, September 1998 (Cover & Page 12)
  • Boating NZ, May 1998 (Cover & Page 16)
  • Boating NZ, April 1006 (Cover)
  • Boating NZ, Autumn 1994 (Cover)


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