It all started with the Swans
As a young man I founded and managed Nautor, the company building SWAN sailing yachts. The company was doing well for some years until one night a fire burned it all down. In order to save the company I had to sell it, because of insufficient insurance. After the fire I managed it for some more years and then resigned.
My next big yacht building project was Concorde Yachts Ltd in Thailand, which I founded and managed for seven years.
This was the builder of the Mirabella sloops. With 40 meters L.O.A these were the biggest sloops in the world at that time.
I did the design and Bruce Farr did the naval architecture.
Concorde Yachts Ltd was financed by the first customer.
We used European experts to teach the Thai workers.
The interior joinery was done by a subcontractor for boat interiors in Finland and sent to Thailand.
One man from the joinery came to supervise the installation.
The result was so good that the first Mirabella 40 received the first price at the Monaco Boat Show in 1992.
Pekka Koskenkylä´s design Mirabella.
My third big yachting related undertaking was to design and build a cruising yacht for my personal use. I designed a 21 m long full displacement power boat. The main reason for a power boat was that I wanted to cruise and do ocean crossings without a crew, because captive winches were not developed at that time. In this powerboat design I did include some features from sailboats, such as a mast with sails and lead ballast in the bilge. The sails were for possible emergency situations and the lead ballast for added comfort in certain sea conditions.
Together with my wife we spent seven years cruising a big part of the world non-stop with occasional visits to us by friends and family.
All this experience and knowledge is the basis for the OceanBel 40 design, which is the result of a lifetime of experience in different aspects of yachting both sail and power.
Butch Dalrymple Smith
Butch worked for 18 years as the head designer for Ron Holland Yacht Design and as the head of Camper & Nicholson design office.
He has more practical all around experience about sailing yachts than most other naval architects, because he is also a very experienced sailor.
Among others Butch was a crew member of the Swan 65 that won the first Round the World Race, now known as Volvo Ocean Race.
He has been the technical adviser for the design of the OceanBel 40 project.