The Design Process

Doyle Sails Australia operates with a design team centred out of the New Zealand loft. This team consists of highly qualified sailors who each bring different strengths to the team. Richard Bouzaid as the leading designer within the group leads the innovation and research for the Doyle Design team. The design tools are amongst the most advanced 3D modeling and airflow.


Specifics such as projected windrange, crossover charts and specifics of an individual sail can be modeled and predicted prior to the sail even being fitted to the boat - making the racing and cruising inventories more than just an estimation or guess at best as most sailmakers have done previously. The design team has the resources of all members of the Doyle group, which encompasses some 40 sailmaking operations.

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Richard Bouzaid

Doyle Design Team Head

Team coordinator and head designer, Richard oversees and coordinates design team activities, R&D efforts and sign off on final designs. Involved in sailmaking for 20 years. Winner Whitbread Race and America's Cup (sail coordinator and sail design team for both projects). Designer for many one design and maxi yacht programmes having won many of the biggest offshore and local events.

Design Viewer

Doyle Sails have once again been first in leading sail design software. For 2 years now Doyle  have been utilizing the world leading sail design software "Sailpak", which has the ability to 3 dimensionally model any sail at the actual flying shape onboard the boat, and combined with various sail combinations and settings. The next generation in saildesign is now available when purchasing sails from Doyle. With Sailpack-Viewer the Doyle sail designer can create a single file (PPK) with all the sails and rig together in an active 3D view.
The customer will be able to see, from any point of view and with multiple options of rendering (geometry, mould aspect, paneling and/or full description with finishing details), his/her personally designed sail. This interactive design information can be made available by CD or downloaded directly to your computer from our Web page.

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Design Engineering

Doyle Sails superyacht sails are engineered by experienced sailors
with a world of know-how on these vessels. The designs, loads and
requirements of the largest superyachts are calculated on our
in-house analysis and specialist Cad programmes. What makes Doyle
stand out from the competition is experience and practical
knowledge that can only come from specialists in each specific area.


Our engineers are known for innovative solutions for the high
loads and special challenges of superyacht sails. They have
created uniquely effective construction methods, sailhandling systems,
battens, batten systems, head, tack and clew attachments. Doyle
superyacht solutions are highly engineered and elegant.

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Doyle 3D Imaging

Recognising each superyacht has its particular set of unique characteristics. Doyle sail designers draw on a worldwide pool of veteran sail designers and design information, exclusive Doyle superyacht fabrics, proprietary sail design software, and wind tunnel testing. This creates sails which are strong, durable and hold their shape across the wind range.


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