38m AMANDIRA - Kasten Yacht Design


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Our Design Team

The primary members of the design team are the vessel owner, the yacht design office, and the boat builder.  Among those, the design office and the boat builder will always make good use of additional talent wherever it is available, not the least of which are the suppliers of equipment, each of whom will contribute their engineering expertise to the project for sail making, rigging, hydraulics, electronics, electrical system design and several other disciplines. 

For our part, we make use of talented design team members as well.  Although there are several others that are able to help on occasion, our key team members are:

Michael Kasten

Having worked with various other yacht designers and boat builders, I've had the chance to participate in the design and construction of several large motor vessels between 80 feet and 160 feet LOA in fiberglass. Those craft are absolutely the best available. Two of those yachts won "best of show" during different years in Monaco. 

One of those vessels, the 160' motor yacht Evviva, won the best new yacht at the Monaco Yacht Show during the year the vessel was presented by the owner, Orin Edson.  Another, the 100' motor yacht Lady Dianne, won the best refit at the Monaco Yacht Show during the year in which the vessel was presented by owners, Mario and Dianne Antoci.

In addition to a variety of composite vessels, I have worked with traditional plank on frame wooden vessels large and small; cold molded wooden vessels; and cored panel structures including ultra light weight yacht interiors.  I have also worked very extensively with steel and aluminum yachts, which have become the core specialty of Kasten Yacht Design.

For a recent example of the extreme in heavy plank-on-frame wooden vessels, please see a few of our Indonesian Phinisi projects, built in the centuries-old Bugis tradition of South Sulawesi.  One of these vessels, the 120' sailing yacht Silolona, was listed among the top 10 superyachts in Asia-Pacific Boating magazine's annual roundup of "Asia's Top 30 Superyachts" during 2004 and also during 2005.  Among those peers, Silolona was awarded "Best New Sailing Yacht" in SE Asia during the year of her launch, 2004.  Silolona has subsequently appeared in Vogue magazine, and most recently she appeared in the April 2010 issue of Superyachts magazine. 

Altogether I have designed over a dozen of these large plank-on-frame wooden yachts for construction and use in Indonesia and surrounding waters, another core specialty of Kasten Yacht Design. As a private yacht or local luxury charter yacht, these vessels are the "real thing" with regard to an authentic experience of sailing aboard a traditional wooden yacht.

It has been a strong focus among my designs to encourage a "modern-classic" approach to boat styling and boat function.  The idea is to combine the classic elements of grace, style, simplicity and functional practicality, with the strength, performance and sea keeping ability offered by modern analysis methods, modern materials, and modern construction methods.


In addition to having an extensive knowledge of several high end CAD systems, Jarek has a solid foundation in the elements of yacht design.  This extends all the way from having completed a Master's degree on the writings of Joseph Conrad; to having sailed over 25,000 NM world-wide; to having taught cruising; having spent a number of years building boats; to having completed a full course of Yacht Design at the Landing School of Yacht Design; and finally to having worked as a yacht designer in a variety of roles.

Jarek is excellent with CAD detailing as well as the genesis of NC cutting files, the means by which we put our designs into actual production right here on the computer!


Carl has been involved with boating since childhood.  Carl's father built a 57' Herreshoff Tioga design in Spain and subsequently sailed it on many voyages throughout the Caribbean as a charter vessel. With that kind of experience as his heritage, Carl has naturally bent his life's work toward boats and boating.

During the past 25 or so years, Carl has been actively involved in the design and building of several excellent boats, including the Cape George Cutters, well known in the Puget Sound area.  Carl also teaches boat design at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding.

Carl's work centers around designing, drafting and detailing all aspects of a vessel, from keel to masthead and from thruster to passerelle...  Carl is well versed in the design of structure and systems; the elements of sailing performance; and the aesthetics of classic yacht design.


Our electrical and electronics wizard....!  An electrical engineer by trade, Arild brings a practical approach to the table as well as considerable experience with marine systems. 

Given that we have rather strict requirements as to grounding, in particular on metal yachts, Arild has the creativity and technical expertise to design electrical systems to meet any challenge.  Whether a yacht will travel amongst North American harbors, the water ways of Europe, or anywhere in Asia, we know our electrical systems will be up to the task.

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Professional Memberships

Royal Institution of Naval Architects Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Society of Boat and Yacht Designers Metal Boat Society American Boat & Yacht Council
Royal Institution
of Naval Architects
Society of Naval Architects
 and Marine Engineers
Society of Boat
and Yacht Designers
Metal Boat
American Boat
and Yacht Council