Our objective when starting a new design
is to design a boat that looks as the owner
envisioned, functions as well as expected,
performs as predicted and is delivered as
contracted for. Achieving these objectives
requires design knowledge and experience,
an extensive in-house data base to draw
from and project management skills.
I have been in the yacht design business
longer than most and have, in recent years,
designed and overseen the construction of
a broad range of modern, well performing,
safe and seaworthy boats between 15 feet
(4.6m) and 169 feet (50m) for owners worldwide.
The office is headed by Naval Architect
Niels Helleberg. He has worked for the Alden
Office since 1971 and has more than 38 years
of experience in yacht design and construction
supplemented by thousands of miles of offshore
racing and cruising.
Custom Design Procedure
following chart illustrates the procedure
we recommend using on all of our custom
design projects as it gains the best results.
PROCUREMENT OF BIDS
EVALUATION OF BIDS
3.SELECTION OF BUILDER
TRIALS & DELIVERY
It is a common
misconception that building a custom boat
is synonymous with run-away cost and high
fees. Nothing is further from the truth
if the design is well prepared and managed.
Our projects are normally delivered within
5% of contract price and the design fee
for a 50 to 60 foot design built by a U.S.
yard seldom exceeds 5% of the building cost.