Sherwood Marine Design is an independent group of consulting naval architects and engineers, based in Fremantle, Western Australia.

We specialise in design of high speed craft and novel vessel types, demanding innovation and strong technical skills. We offer complete vessel designs, and a range of general consulting and project management services.

Our clients range from small boat yards to multi-national companies engaged in building, operation, maintenance, and repair of ships.

Our staff have extensive experience in high speed craft design with an emphasis on practical skills gained from working directly with shipyards. We have international experience working to rules from a range of flag authorities from around the world, and with all of the major classification societies.

David Sherwood

Founder and director David Sherwood is a qualified naval architect with 20+ years’ experience in the shipbuilding industry in Australia and internationally.

David completed his Naval Architecture degree from the University of New South Wales in 1993, and began a diverse career in shipbuilding and design. From steel barges and coastal bulk carriers, to super yachts, fast ferries, and patrol boats, he set about gaining experience in design of a wide variety of vessel types.

As Senior Naval Architect and Project Manager for some of the industry’s leading international companies such as Austal Ships, Image Marine, and BMT Nigel Gee in the UK, he has led many challenging projects to completion.

David’s passion for vessel design comes from a lifelong association with small craft and the sea. A top dinghy sailor as a youth, he represented Australia at World Championships at home and abroad, and continues to be involved in sailing.