A challenge for yachts designers under 30

Professional BoatBuilder Magazine The Design Challenge Finalists have been chosen! Join us in the Seminar Hall at IBEX to view their 3D models along Designer Row, then attend the Design Challenge Defense on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8:30am, when they will defend their designs to a panel of judges. This is a ticketed seminar, but the audience will be invited to vote for their favorite design.

The winning design will be published here, along with the two runners-up, after IBEX.

Marnix Hoekstra (VriPack)
Rob Kaidy (SeaVee Boats)
Vlad Murnikov (mxDesign)

Read More about the Challenge Below

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) and Professional BoatBuilder magazine invite design students and working yacht designers under the age of 30 to imagine the world and their profession 30 years from now and to submit for competition their best concept boats for the model year 2050.

As they conceive of and develop their designs, participants are urged to think pragmatically and creatively about the future of our industry: In 2050 who will be buying recreational boats and why? What fuels or propulsion options will be most favored? What construction materials and techniques will be cost-effective and accessible? What size boats will be practical and popular? What yet-to-be developed or refined technologies will have disrupted or redefined boating as we know it?

Complete entries must include:

  • Study plans for a successful boat of 2050 (production or custom built) with lines or 3D model/rendering.
  • Interior layout and systems
  • Description of construction technology and materials
  • Performance predictions
  • A narrative description of the boat’s intended use profile, performance, defining materials and technologies, and build methods. This should include predictions of how recreational boat use will evolve in 30 years, as well as likely developments in design technology, build materials, onboard systems, propulsion options, control systems for boat operations, and regulations builders and owners will be subject to.

Three finalists receive Full Conference Passes with travel assistance to IBEX 2019 (Oct. 1–3) in Tampa, FL, to present their designs and ideas to a panel of experts and boatbuilding professionals. Top design will be selected at IBEX.

Finalists’ plans will be published by Professional BoatBuilder magazine,, and at
For further questions or submission assistance, please contact Sarah Devlin,


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