Laurent Giles celebrate 90 years of yacht design


Laurent Giles, recognised for being the most independent yacht designers and naval architects in the world, is celebrating its 90th anniversary and 1400th yacht project in 2017.

Founded by Jack Laurent Giles in 1972, he established himself as a pioneer in design and construction techniques. He was the first to design an all-aluminium offshore racing yacht called Gulvain in the 1960s.

In the past 90 years, Laurent Giles has identified a relationship with many shipyards and builders including Lurssen, Abeking & Rasmussen, Nobiskrug, Fincantieri, Benetti, DML, Pendennis and Viareggio Superyachts.

“The passion and innovation instilled by Jack is embedded in the company’s DNA that bears his name and we continue to innovate, push the boundaries and strive for perfection and perfectly understand our clients every desire as Jack did.” commented David Lewis, managing director at Laurent Giles.

“With concepts like the stunning 110m Motor Sailor, Atlas, we can say with confidence that Laurent Giles will continue in the vein of Jack Laurent Giles” added Stephen Wallis, director and senior naval architect.

Currently, Laurent Giles is focusing on developments in the construction materials such as hybrid diesel, electric pod drive propulsion systems and communications and navigation.


Jack Laurent Giles (middle) at the launch party