How to design Yacht using solid works

How to design Yacht using Solidworks?

Sol: In order to design a complete yacht first we have to design the components or individual parts of the parts as below:

  1. Hull
  2. Superstructure
  3. Radar mast
  4. Radar
  5. Front seat
  6. Middle seat
  7. Rear seat and
  8. Garage door

The other component garage door has to be designed from the part which we have extruded out into separate part file called Body1(which can be renamed, but I have left it with the name provided by Solidworks). Then we have to redesign or cut the part file into garage door. I am going to explain the design features which I have used in order to design the above mentioned parts. Then the final assembly of the parts into complete yacht.

  • For each and every part I have used blueprints as reference to in all the planes.
  • In order to insert blueprints it’s a good option to check what are the planes required and create new planes as per the requirement in the document.


Fig-1: Blueprint setup sample picture



  • After adding all the blueprints as per the above picture save the file as
  • Because the above file can be used multiple times.
  • Important note to remember here is we are going to use the same file again and again to design the parts of yacht, so that we can save a whole lot of time.
  • Now after saving the file, save the same file using save us option but with the name Hull.


  1. Projected curves
  2. Creating new planes
  3. Extrude Boss/Base
  4. Extrude Cut
  5. Surface extrude (using thin feature)
  6. Sruface Trim
  7. Surface Loft
  8. Surface Fill
  9. Ruled Surface
  10. Surface Knit
  11. Shell
  12. Sweep Boss/Base
  13. Surface sweep
  14. Fillets
  15. Chamfer
  16. Mirror
  17. Revolve Boss/base
  18. Spiral 
  19. Dome

Brief Explanation of the parts designed in Yacht:


  • To design Hull we have to create projected curves for the upper part, Lower and rear parts of the Hull.
  • All the surfaces are created using Surface loft and trimmed the surfaces whichever are not required using surface trim option.
  • The roof of the Hull is created using Fill surface, after creating the surface fill select all the surfaces and knit them into the one body and make it as shell with 120mm thickness using shell feature.
  • Create another sketch upto where we have to fill the hull surface and then select the options like fix up boundary,merge entities and create solids.
  • After that using the blue prints create sketches near to the surface of the hull to create the window and other designs on the surface of the hull which has to be created. Create a sweep as to form the shape or boundary of the window.
  • Create planes at the required places to form a sweep cut on it to create boundary on the windows.
  • After creating the windows we have to extrude cut the solid body as per the blue print inorder to create stairs at the rear end.
  • Draw a sketch by selecting the surface where we have to draw the stairs and draw the stairs provide the dimensions and relations as well and form a closed sketch. Then using Extrude Boss/Base extrude the stairs.
  • Draw another sketch on top of the stairs surface as to form one more thick layer and extrude that sketch and apply the necessary fillets required.
  • Draw the design at the rear end of the yacht and extrude cut them by selecting reverse offset option.
  • Create a new plane by selecting offset option from bottom plane and draw sketch in that new plane which are at the bottom end of the hull and extrude them which helps in the movement of the yacht.
  • Add fillets and chamfers to the newly extruded designs as required per the blueprint.
  • Now switch on to the top plane of the hull and draw the designs as required using slots,circles,splines and lines and trim the drawings as required.
  • After that extrude the shapes whichever are required and draw a sketch inorder to use revolve feature to get the required shape.
  • Draw a circle and create spiral by using Helix/Spiral from the curves menu. Apply fillet to the parts whichever were designed immediately. We will tend to forget them if you want to apply the fillets in the later point.
  • Create a new plane using spiral and draw a circle to form sweep Boss/Base option to form a spring like design on to the Hull's surface
  • All the smaller parts which are on the horizontal surface are to be designed using basic features in solid works, fillets and chamfers are also to be applied to them.
  • Create a new plane at the stairs point in the yacht inorder to design handrail at that sloped area.
  • Create a new sketch on the midplane and offset the top edge of the Hull surface and offset the entity and draw lines by referring the blueprint and trim the unnecessary lines to create the desired Handrail shapes.
  • Add the relations to the sketch and start create a plane wherever required to sweep the hand rail and give the path to it.
  • Delete the faces whichever formed by selecting the optionn delete from the face.
  • Create projected curves and draw a handrail in the top plane at the nose face of the yacht and create a new plane at the end of the sketch to draw a circle which inturn can be used as sweep profile to it.
  • Apply the fillets with respective lengths wherever required in the hull.
  • Go to the rear end of the hull and using Blueprint rear view as reference select the surface of the yacht and start drawing sketch as required and extrude it as required and apply required fillets to it.
  • Create the propeller shafts at the rear end by drawing a sketch and form it into solid by using revolve boss/base and apply fillets to it wherever it is required.
  • Draw the sketches whatever are related to the yacht and extrude them upto the required thickness and apply fillets to those parts too.
  • Some of the parts have to be combined with that of the Hull body, draw a sketch and select the thin feature from the extrude cut option and remove a small part which seperates it into another solid body.
  • Whichever the solid body has been extrude cut can be saved into another part file by using save bodies feature and make sure you save that file with the name Garage door.
  • Apply the colors to the surfaces as your requriement.
  • Below figures are the final screenshots of the Hull that I have designed and has also applied some renders to the original drawing
  • Fig-2 is the snapshot of Hull without renders and Fig-3 is the snapshot of Hull after applying the renders.

                                                                                                                             Fig-2: Snapshot of Hull in Solidworks after applying the renders

                                                                                                                             Fig-3: Final output image of Hull after applying the renders

  • Paint and other things are to be applied at the different surfaces as per the requirement. I just have followed the PDF and applied the colors as it has shown.
  • As you can see the one side of the Hull in both the figures fig-2&3 half part of the hull has to be designed then should mirror the complete bodies and features using Mirror feature and selecting Midplane as reference and select the options like knit surfaces and create solid.


  • Inorder to design superstructure we have to follow similar steps which we have followed in designing the Hull part.
  • But before proceeding we have to import the Hull part and select only surface bodies while importing the Hull part which results in providing the base for our superstructure.
  • Select the surface of the hull and start sketching on it. Draw a sketch by offsetting the top edges of the surface which we have extruded and draw a line perpendicular to the offset entities and sweep the surface of it and apply fillets as per the requirement.
  • Now goto surface>ruled surface, select the tapered vector tab and select the deck surface as reference vector and change the angle to 5degrees, make sure the draft is directed inwards and select trim and knit option, connecting surface option to get the required output.
  • Follow the steps as per the requirement and using the blueprint as reference.
  • All the parts in superstructure are Surface Lofted, Filled,Trimmed, knitted and made them into single surface body.
  • Below Fig-4 and fig-5 are the final outputs of the Superstructure part I have designed.
  •                                                                                                Fig-4: Snapshot of final superstructure after applying the renders using Solidworks
  • Below is the image of Superstructure for which I have applied renders to.
  •                                                                                                  Fig-5: Final output image of Superstructure after applying the renders.


  • Radarmast is also designed on the basis of the surface body which is imported from the solidworks and used it as base.
  • Blueprints are used as reference to design Radarmast.
  • Surfaces are to be extruded, revolve, sweep and then knitted into a body.
  • Below are the figures of the final snapshots of Radarmast that I have designed.
  •                                                                             Fig-6: Screenshot of Radarmast in Solidworks after applying the renders.
  •                                                                                                                                      Fig-7: Final output image of Radarmast after Rendering


  • Design procedures for Radar are much easier than any other part in Yacht.
  • Below are the snapshots of Radar that I have designed using Solidworks.
  •                                                                                                                                      Fig-8: Snapshot of Radar after applying the renders
  •                                                                                                                                      Fig-9: Final output Rendered image of Radar 


  • Dome is applied to the seat by selecting the surface of the seat which results in a very minimal spherical shape.
  • Below are the final snapshot of the frontseat that I have designed using Solidworks.
  •                                                                           Fig-10: Final Snapshot of Frontseat acquired after applying the renders 
  •                                                                                                                                      Fig-11: Final output image of Frontseat after rendering


  • Below are the images of my final outputs of Middleseat designs using solidworks.
  •                                                                                       Fig-12: Final output image of Middleseat in Solidworks after applying renders
  •                                                                                                                                      Fig-13: Rendered Output image of Middleseat


  • Below are the images of my final output design of rearseat in the yacht.
  •                                                                                                 Fig-14: Final output of Rearseat design for yacht using Solidworks
  •                                                                                                                                      Fig-14: Rendered output image of Rearseat

Garage Door:

  • Garage door is designed from the separate part file which we have obtained while designing Hull.
  • Below are the images of the garage door for which I have applied renders to.
  •                                                                                                                                      Fig-15: Final snapshot of Garage door
  •                                                                                                                                      Fig-16: Rendered Output image of Garage Door


  • In order to design we have to follow the surface loft option while designing the fins of the propeller.
  • Below are the attached images of my final design of Propeller.
  •                                                                       Fig-17: Final snapshot of Propeller after applying the renders in Solidworks
  •                                                                                                                                      Fig-18: Rendered output image of Propeller


  • In order to assemble all the parts, first we have to add Hull by just clicking ok without selecting any location so that it would be placed automatically.
  • The superstructure also goes to the exact location without even providing any mate.
  • Radarmast is alos similar to add without giving any location
  • Radar can be added to the assembly by giving mates between radar and radarmast.
  • Front seat, Middle seat, Rear seat and Garage door are assembled by providing the mates with Superstructure.
  • Propeller is assembled by providing its mates with the Hull and should be added two more times as we have 3 shafts.
  • Below are the Final images of Sunseek predator Yacht that I have designed and assembled.
  •                                                                                   Fig-19: Final snapshot of Yacht assmebly with renders in Solidworks
  •                                                                                                                                      Fig-20: Rendered output image of Assembly

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