BEng (Hons) Yacht Design and Production Student

Aaron Kagon


I grew up near Los Angeles, California. From a young age, I have been drawn to boating and architecture. In middle school, I began drawing pictures of houses and interior layouts. Starting my second year of middle school, I joined my interests of boating and architecture together and drew elaborate boats and layouts. At age 11, I begun sailing on 110' (33m) traditional tall ships on the weekends. While sailing tall ships, as my skills increased, I was welcome to join the volunteer crew which allowed me to explore the ships from stem to stern, topsail yards to engine rooms, and deep into their bilges to look at a myriad of systems and structural components. My first years sailing tall ships kindled my passion for marine design and exposed me to aspects of naval architecture. In my first year of high school, I decided to pursue a career in marine design.

In fall of 2015, I begun studying Yacht Design and Production at Solent University in Southampton, England and will graduate in May 2019.

Unlike many of my peers, I am interested in the design and production of commercial craft. Commercial craft are appealing to me because of their utilitarian nature. Functional design is often rewarded more in commercial vessels over pleasure vessels. My design process often starts with consideration for practical elements such as cost and functionality before considering aesthetic elements.