Wavemaster Design was founded in 2010, however the planning for this new company started many years
After the collapse of Wavemaster International,
Steve consulted to shipyards and design companies while steadily working towards the goal of opening Wavemaster
Design. The goal was to develop a design company that could
use the best software technology available to deliver a design
solution at a cost and quality unmatched by others. Advances
in computer hardware, software and the development proprietary
work procedures allowed the goal to be realised to a greater
extent than first imagined.
He also wanted to be able to provide support for
the operators of the boats that he had a
part in designing.
To help you appreciate his knowledge and experience, a brief history of Wavemaster International
is given below.
One of the few shipyards in the world that could
boast a 100% vessel acceptance rate, WaveMaster International was
until 2004 Western Australia’s oldest established builder of
large aluminium vessels. The company’s range of experience in
high speed construction was arguably greater than any other of
the world’s builders of high speed vessels at the time.
WaveMaster International prided itself on its in-house approach
to building. From initial concept drawings to trialing, all operations
were conducted by WaveMaster’s own people. This resulted in well-monitored
quality, a seamless work flow, and a first class final product.
This level of self-reliance was one of the keys to
WaveMaster International's record of on-time delivery and 100%
vessel acceptance rate.
Planning and design was driven by people with
abundant practical experience, both on the shop floor and in the
commercial operation of high speed vessels. Engineers worked alongside
the naval architects, ensuring engineering design specifically
applicable to high speed vessels. This operational background
was the spur for the team’s determination to produce the most effective
vessels possible, and explains their high levels of innovation.
The engineering team achieved balance between
the often conflicting objectives of reduced weight, high speed,
reliability, and cost-effectiveness. The overriding principle
used was value for the customer’s money.
The design office used an amalgam of expertise
from naval architects, marine engineers and mechanical engineers. Maxsurf, Hydromax, Workshop, Multiframe, Nastran, Unigraphics
and AutoCAD software were all used in creating
WaveMaster International vessel
designs. 3D CAD allowed our designers and the customer to
virtually walk through a vessel before a plate has been cut, giving
them a firm base for discussing detailed refinements.
The quality standards to which
WaveMaster International's vessels
were built were high even by the standards of the Western Australian
ship building industry. Everything was, based on a firm establishment
of the customer’s requirements, and an unswerving attention to
fulfilling them. Time, cost and performance budgets were routinely
met as a consequence.
Another consequence of WaveMaster’s determination
to build exactly the right vessel for the owner’s purposes is
the variety of hull forms they created. Catamaran or monohull,
planing or displacement, were recommended according to operating
Deliveries included high speed passenger and vehicular
ferries, offshore support vessels and even sailing tourism vessels.
The Company’s ability to work to the highest standards was been
recognized by their awarded contracts to refit, re-engineer and
refinish motor yachts of world class standards.
Sadly due to financial problems encountered by
the overseas owners of the company, Wavemaster International
closed its doors in 2004.