Our company is acknowledged as having designed the exteriors of some of the most beautiful yachts ever built. Many of these yachts are now perceived as paragons of classic aesthetics and design innovation.


We understand our heritage and the vision and attention to detail that creates great design. Whether it be for  the refit of a classic yacht or the design of a modern superyacht, G.L. Watson & Co. provide a range of yacht design services that are underpinned by an understanding of stylish design, life-afloat and the regulatory environment.


Much of our recent work has been connected with the total restoration of our earlier classic yacht designs such as the motor yachts Blue Bird and Nahlin. We also have particular expertise in the designs of firms such as Camper & Nicholson and led the restoration of motor yacht Malahne. Maintaining the design values of these classic yacht designs whilst incorporating the requirements of a modern superyacht, demands a detailed understanding of the existing envelope and  an innovative design vision.

Very significant changes are often required, but the quality of the design solution is measured by the imperceptibility of its impact. Similarly, class and statutory requirements are handled unobtrusively. Our expertise in classic yacht design styles, backed up by the largest privately held archive of classic yacht drawings and photographs allows us to find design solutions that do not comprise on authenticity, comfort or amenities.


Whether it be for a modern or classic yacht, all of our superyacht designs are underpinned by the ethos of quality, innovation and detail that has always driven our company. Designed to be fit for purpose and beautiful, our designs are relevant and reflect our understanding of life afloat and the possibilities that yachting offers.