BILL DIXON DESIGN

Sealine are thrilled to have appointed award winning, international designer, Bill Dixon to work with their in house design team in creating a new range of innovative Sealine models.

Designed by world leading designer Bill Dixon, Sealine offers yacht enthusiasts an unrivalled quality of life on the sea. The style of Sealine yachts is characterized by unobstructed panoramic windows, full-length glass, skylights, large hull windows and moving roof solutions so you can bring as much light as possible inside. A truly spacious and adaptive boat which has achieved the perfect interplay between style and technology. The design of a Sealine is so intelligent, that the yacht fulfils even the highest demands on performance, seaworthiness, comfort and safety on board.

“ LIGHT AND SHADE PERFORM A WONDERFUL PLAY ON DECK, AND YOU ARE DIRECTING IT.”

 

In the words of designer Bill Dixon:

“Sealine motorboats have always been space saving miracles. They really feel much larger than they are. I knew it was an attractive task to implement this philosophy to this particular size of boat. You cannot just shrink a 38 footer down to 33 feet. You must take an entirely new approach to the length you have available.”

 

 

The History Behind Bill Dixon design

Dixon Yacht Design opened for the first time 27 years ago, and the business has grown to become one of the world’s leading yacht design studio’s, based in Swanwick Marina near Southampton, with yachts in build on five of the world’s seven continents.

The team strive to lead the industry and improve design with new innovations introduced by us, many of which have later found there way into designs by other companies.

Dixon Yacht Design opened for the first time 27 years ago, and the business has grown to become one of the world’s leading yacht design studio’s, based in Swanwick Marina near Southampton, with yachts in build on five of the world’s seven continents.

The team strive to lead the industry and improve design with new innovations introduced by us, many of which have later found there way into designs by other companies.

Employing and retaining top designers, using a combination of the latest computer technology, our own skills, plus many years of experience, to satisfy that requirement. We firmly believe that it is our ability to translate an owners vision into a vessel which provides total satisfaction, both in form and function, which is one of the trademarks of a Dixon Yacht Design vessel.

Bill Dixon was born into a strong family history of boat building dating back to 1740. His family built many a pleasure boats, sail and power boats.

Bills’ father and grandfather designed the boats by carving the boats shape in wood, using no calculations, just an instinctive feel born out of generations of experience as to how the boat would float. Later and against advice from his family Bill decided on a career in yacht design rather than boat building. He then joined one of the first courses in the world for small yachts, which was started in Southampton.

Whilst studying in Southampton Bill obtained a job working for Angus Primrose and amongst his studies was given an assignment to prepare drawings for a 30 foot home build OSTART boat. Bill would later describe the assignment as ‘scary’ but as a result half a dozen of the yachts were built.

After finishing his course Bill was offered a full time job by Angus Primrose who gave the young Dixon a remarkable amount of freedom for a 21 year old, including allowing him to prepare the drawings and hull lines for a new production boat, the Moody 29.

Angus Primrose encouraged Bill to race and he joined the works Sigma 33 team. One of his first and most challenging experiences was in the ’79 Fastnet race. With a hove to yacht all battened down, the vessel was struck by a huge wave which washed away their liferaft. When the crew started bailing out the boat they discovered that the keel floors where broken. Despite a second knockdown and a smashed window they managed to survive. Understandably, this event had a profound affect on the young Dixon!

In 1980 Angus Primrose went on a Transatlantic race and in the October Bill received a phone call to advise him that he had been lost at sea. Bill decided to keep the business going and in 1981 started Angus Primrose Ltd (still the official company name). Moody and Marine Projects both decided to support Dixon and his first new boats where the Moody 27 and 41.

During the 80’s work was very much dominated by production boats and Bill Dixon added several more clients to his growing list, most of whom are still clients today.

With growing interest in world cruising accelerating throughout the late 80’s, encouraged by events such as the ARC, Bill Dixon began designing custom and semi custom designs for individuals and companies like Premier Yachts, often built in steel or aluminum.

Throughout the 90’s custom design work grew with commissions of all types, these included a rather strange replica of Slocomb’s ‘Spray’ and a ketch rigged catamaran to be used for charter work by a windsurfer base which had 8 double cabins, 14 toilets, an upper deck bar and storage for 40 windsurfers.