Published: Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Dubois Naval Architects has announced the death of top yacht designer Ed Dubois, 64.

Ed Dubois

Following a period of illness last year, the designer had been in better health and working as normal. His death comes after an unexpected admittance into a hospital last week. 

Dubois’s career spanned decades and his passion, commitment to this work and love of his clients created a unique business, driven by exceptional design and technical talent, and a genuine desire to create the most beautiful and technically advanced yachts.

After graduating in 1974, Dubois worked for naval architect Alan Buchanan for a year then left to design his first yacht, Borsalino Trois. Following the racing success of this yacht, he went on to design many winners of the major offshore racing trophies around the world. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Design by Southampton Solent University in 2004 and was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and Royal Academy of Engineering.

Senior designer and valued team member for 23 years, Peter Bolke, will take the place as Managing Director, effective immediately.

With one of the industry’s most innovative 58-metre yachts currently in build and a number of similarly ambitious projects in the design stage, Dubois left the business at an exciting moment in its development.

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(Photo: Jeff Brown / Dubois Naval Architecht design Janice of Wyoming)

Ed Dubois was a huge talent and his legacy will continue as one of the world’s great yacht designers. Known not only for his love of all things boat-related, but also music, art, travel and most of all his family and friends. Dubois leaves behind his wife Honor and four children.