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Sea Force 410 Progress

Another exciting DLBA design is coming together as Century Boats continues production on their first 4100 CC. DLBA worked with the Century team to develop the all-new design to very specific requirements. Though called a center console, this boat is much more and offers many features most similar boats do not provide. The design is a great combination of form and function offering up to 1800 hp in multiple engine packages.

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Project Success – VT Advanced Towing Carriage

DLBA, in partnership with Edinburgh Designs, recently modernized the towing carriage system for Virginia Tech’s (VT) ship model basin. Trade studies for the carriage upgrade started in 2019, and in the spring 2022 term VT students used the new carriage for lab experiments. DLBA’s team is excited to bring this project to a successful completion!

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WEBINAR INVITE > Going with the Flow – Modern Appendages & Ride Control

Sure, your boat looks great above the waterline – but below the waterline is where great performance originates. Tune in to our webinar “Going with the Flow” where together we will explore modern appendages and ride control options that can unlock increased performance of your vessel. Some topics you can look forward to are an introduction to drag, wake adapted appendages, wake control, trim control, and stabilizers.

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GUTHRIE 66’ – A Boatload of Potential

At the end of 2020, DLBA Naval Architects was brought in to scan the entire exterior and all interior compartments of the partially built Guthrie 66 at Croswait Custom Composites in Wanchese, NC. The scans, and resulting surface models turned out great. Since then, much interest has been bubbling to the surface by potential new owners to finish that boat.

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Hodgdon Yachts “Valyra”

If you were at the Palm Beach Yacht show last month, you might have seen VALYRA, a DLBA design built by Hodgdon Yachts.  In fact, she was Hull #2, following in the footsteps of her sistership, ZARKAVA (with a couple of subtle upgrades, of course).  These boats were designed by DLBA under the keen eye of Donald Blount. Jeff Bowles has led the DLBA team in the engineering effort over the course of several years, which has included sea trialing a parent craft, hydrodynamic model testing, aerodynamic CFD analysis, advanced noise reduction engineering, and more. 

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Norfolk Dredging Company (NDC)-160

DLBA has once again been selected by NDC of Chesapeake, VA to support them, this time for performing a stability test for the crane barge NDC-160 for the U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection (COI).  This will be the third vessel in the NDC fleet that DLBA has conducted regulatory stability testing for over the past year.

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Ritchie Howell 63

Ritchie Howell is a well-known builder in Wanchese, NC.  DLBA and Ritchie are developing their next collaboration for a current owner who wants a slightly larger boat.  The new 63’ will be a flybridge layout showing off sleek topside shape capturing style consistent with the Ritchie Howell heritage. The hull will be cold molded with Douglas fir bottom stringers providing efficient, but robust reinforcement.  Decks will be of composite fabrication resulting in stiff, but light structure up high.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Enabled Marine Camera System

At DLBA, it is our privilege and our pleasure to stay on top of the latest trends and technologies and be in a league with others who are doing the same. We are performing for DARPA on the No Manning Required Ship (NOMARS) program to look into the future and explore what capabilities can be achieved with a vessel designed without the ability to carry crew or guests on board.

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