It's all in the detail.

About Us

Rhoades Young Design – for sailing yachts and motor yachts, classic and contemporary, creative yet considered. Our philosophy is to deliver creative design that is driven by experience and passion to create true luxury yachts which are destined to become classics of the future. Experience our portfolio that ranges from ultra lightweight engineered interiors to stunningly refined traditional exteriors, each individual project created with meticulous attention to detail.

The Partners

Dick Young

With a career span of nearly twenty years in the yacht design industry, Dick formed what is now Rhoades Young Design in 2001. Dick can recall some 50 individual projects worked on during this period, from the creative design elements through to the project management when the yachts were in build. Dick’s early career began with Andrew Winch Designs, rising to the role of Creative Director where he implemented a legacy of specialist office management systems for yacht design. Part of a long line of design successes at the Winch studio, Dick’s last achievement was the Royal Huisman built `Surama’, which went on to win a ShowBoats Design Award for Best Sailing Yacht Interior – a fitting platform to start out on his own. Dick’s new venture got off to a flying start in 1998 with a contract to give the Oyster range a fresh new interior style to move into the new Millennium. The first superyacht contract followed shortly after, with a Royal Huisman built 40m Bruce King classic sloop. The office grew steadily from this point and quickly moved onto the international stage with many prestigious projects at equally prestigious shipyards. 2006 saw five yacht launches alone with three yachts participating in the Monaco yacht show of that year. These milestone yachts – plus the new projects that can be seen in the News section – are a testament to Dick’s work and the design team he has assembled at the Lymington studios.

Jonathan Rhoades

Jonathan began his professional career working in London on various prestigious projects for CZWG Architects, and later for a conservation architect restoring chapels and grade listed buildings. This was followed by 2 years at Thomas Eriksson Architects in Stockholm, one of Sweden’s most highly regarded modern furniture, industrial and interior designers. This stage of Jonathan’s career provided great experience into furniture construction, wood joinery and fine detailing, as well plastics and moulding. A job at Nokia preceded five years working at Ken Freivokh Design, where Jonathan worked on a variery of prestigious projects including a 90m sailboat, a range of Sunseeker Yachts, as well as large motoryachts. Jonathan joined what is now Rhoades Young Design in 2001, and quickly made himself an invaluable asset to the company, becoming a company Director and Partner in 2002. Since Jonathan’s arrival, Rhoades Young Design has gone on to design some of the world’s most prestigious Motor and Sailing yachts.