As part of an ongoing series of profiles of Dutch yacht designers, we talked to Jaron Ginton whose Ginton Naval Architects boasts a remarkable portfolio.
HAARLEM – As an ex-Israeli navy commander, charter yacht skipper and high seas sailor, Jaron Ginton knows seas and ships. Love brought him to Holland where he studied naval architecture and interned at Diana Yacht Design. His Ginton Naval Architects BV is a modest, award-winning studio boasting an amazing portfolio of no-nonsense workhorses and 3 dozen or so luxury ocean-going sailing and motor yachts.
Over the years, Ginton tells this newsletter, he has always had much work. “The reason for that, I think, is that we focus on details. Not just in motor and sailing yachts, but also in commercial vessels. That breadth makes us stronger. I have full confidence in the future.”
Ginton was news in 2017 by winning top honors at the Netherlands’ Maritime Awards Gala for his Seagull-301, a fast, highly maneuverable craft for a range of military (mine-hunting, for instance) and commercial (tendering) purposes. The Seagull-301 can operate unmanned, remotely controlled and go 30 knots. It was built for Israel’s Elbit Systems, an international defense electronics company.
“The Seagull-301 can be disassembled, such as the sides, bow section and superstructure,” says Ginton. “It fits in 3 standard 40ft. (12m) containers and can be moved quickly.” Ginton Naval Architects does naval architecture and exterior design, leaving inside design to outsiders.
He works mostly on motor yachts. A stand-out sail project recently was the 2017 launch, in Turkey, of the 50m ‘All about U.’ “We worked on the exterior with ADA Yachtwork in Bodrun. The owner wanted a sporty craft with a modern look. The ‘All about U’ is not a real performance yacht, but it has a long water line that helps achieve a 16.3 knot top speeds.”
The luxury yacht accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 rooms, including a master suite, a VIP stateroom and 4 double cabins. There is room for 4-strong crew. “We opted for a single mast to make the yacht look faster,” says Ginton. “Frankly, a mizzen is rarely used during charters. When anchored, the transom folds down into a large swimming platform. There is a tender garage and at 499GT, the yacht sits just within the 500GT limit. ”
The eye-catching design was a hit. The boat was sold at the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show. Number 2, also steel-hulled and powered by 2 Caterpillar C18 diesels, is currently in build.
Ginton Naval Architects drew a 31m hybrid motor yacht, to be built at Italy’s CNN, for which Guido de Groot drew the exterior and interior. The yacht 2 engine rooms with main engines, electric motors and transmission. The V-bow holds 2 generators and a water maker, leaving ample space for accommodations.
“We did extensive weight and weight distribution calculations,” says Ginton. “The weight up front will not increase pitch any, not with a fan-shaped bow equipped with a bulb.” The ship gets 2 Schottel STP 150 FP propeller drives and gyroscopic as well as fin stabilizers.
Also from Ginton’s boards was the Turkish-built 32m Serenitas for a German customer. After a season in the Mediterranean, the ship was sold, but the owner ordered a new version, at the same Mengi Yay yard. Guido de Groot did the interior design.
The ‘Serenitas’ has a modern look with straight bow. “That has advantages. But it means a wetter deck and more risk of the anchor chain hitting the bow when the boat sways at anchor.
The 32 x 7.70 x 2.20 m boat has 2 Cat C12 diesels. Ginton created more space below the wheelhouse. “We initially wanted a raised pilot house,” he says. “But beneath it was no headroom. We created by designing varying floor levels in the wheelhouse on the flybridge. The saloon was given as a higher ceiling and that created a spacious effect. We managed to tuck away technical gear like airco. All that tweaking made for more boat than you’d expect on a 32m craft. It’s all about details. We start with general lines and increasingly focus on details which we develop with care. We apply high-level engineering. Once you have nailed down the details you’ll know if a design works”
Ginton also did the naval architecture and design of the 43m ‘Sunrise’ whose interior was the work of studio Hotlab in Milan. The steel-hulled boat was built for a Turkish client at Yildiz Gemi. It features modern lines and dark glass. The classical fan bow is reflected in the stern and the aluminum superstructure. The propulsion (2 MTU 8V 2000M72 diesels of 966HP each) deliver a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 13.5 knots. Its 40-ton fuel tank gives the yacht a ‘trans Pacific’ range.
Ginton Naval Architects also works for Dutch yards, like De Haas, Mulder Shipyard and Wim van der Valk Shipyard. For the latter’s 27.9m ‘Enemeli’, Ginton modified the underwater ship because the client absolutely did not want a plumb bow, but still wanted speed.