Emocean yacht Design
Stefan Vennekens
Berkeley March
About us

Emocean Yacht Design was established when two yacht and powercraft design students at the Southampton Solent University discovered they had a mutual love not only for the engineering side but also for the creative and artistic side of yacht design. This is at a time where more and more vessels are being designed not only from a functional point of view, but where the aesthetical and personal character of a vessel is starting to play a greater role in the yachts appearance; this is an evolution which also could be seen in the automotive industry a couple a years ago. Knowing this, starting a company that would just do that seemed a logical step, after both students established some working experience in the UK and Holland and Belgium respectively.

Berkeley March - Biog
Berkeley always had a passion for design from an early age and interested in form as well as function. From drawing concept cars at school to specialising in sculpturing at Art College a love of design was abundantly apparent. He later went on to study architecture at Oxford Brookes University before moving over to Yacht and Powercraft design at Southampton Solent University.

He had previously worked for Laurent Giles Ltd as a naval architect, where he worked on projects ranging from 30 to 125m and most recently Trimline Superyacht Interiors Trimline superyachts on the interior outfit of two sister 43m motor yachts

He is also a proud finalist of Boat international’s young designer of the year competition which has enabled him to showcase his work and gain recognition leading to further commissioned designs.

Stefan Vennekens - Biog
Stefan Vennekens grew up on his family company; Jachtwerf Vennekens, which was established in 1952, who build custom yachts up to 35m but decided to gain some design experience after graduating at stolk marimecs in Vollenhove, lead by Willem Stolk, who established his name as head of the design office at the Royal Huisman shipyard just across the road from his own design office. Stefan now plays an active role in the management and design on the Vennekens shipyard, continuing the 56 year old family tradition. He now wants to broaden his design horizons by providing design services to other shipyards and design offices.

The first joint project the guys tackled was the design of a 32m hydrogen yacht, this was requested by Flanders Yachting, a organisation which thrives to introduce new innovation techniques into the (Flemish) yachting Industry, because an innovative product requires a innovative design to compliment it. The organisation’s mayor goal is to build zero emission yachts which incorporates the Van Den Borre Hydrogen Integrator who has marine hydrogen propulsion ready available today. The yacht appropriately called “Hydrogen Sea” and the marine hydrogen propulsion has been first introduced at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show at the Flanders yachting stand.

The team are now working on an 8m hydrogen Tender prototype. For more info please contact us using the details below.