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Michael Peters Yacht Design

Michael Peters was born in 1953 in Santa Monica, California.

Professional boat design experience began in 1978 with Halter Marine of New Orleans. While with Halter, projects ranged from custom yachts and patrol boats, to surface effect ships with Bell Aerospace.

In 1981 Michael Peters Yacht Design, Inc. was established in Sarasota, Florida. Since then 17 UIM Offshore World Championships, and over 200 wins world-wide have been won in MPYD designed race boats, including a sweep of 13 consecutive world championships extending from 2000 through 2012. In 2002, the former Jolly Motor 43' Tencara catamaran became the first offshore boat in history to break 200 MPH.

Over the years emphasis has shifted from high-speed boats and racing craft to include the complete design and engineering of motor yachts and production boats. MPYD has received recognition for design excellence in winning the 1995 and 1996 Showboats International Awards, the 2005 Superyacht Award and the 2012 World Yachts Award. Michael Peters received the 2002 Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum for the design of the 33' mahogany runabout Alpha Z.

Michael Peters was awarded U.S. and foreign patents for the invention of its Internally Vented Stepped Hull in 1980, and a U.S. patent for the Stepped ‘V’ Ventilated Tunnel hull in 2012. He has authored the Professional Boatbuilder 2010 articles “Design of Fast Powerboats” part 1 & 2, and is a contributor for Power & Motoryacht magazine’s monthly “Sightline” column.

Since 1981 MPYD has produced over 400 designs and to which an estimated 30,000+ custom and production boats have been built.

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