Du Toit Yacht Design was established by Anton du Toit in 2001. In 2007 he was awarded the Disa South African Design Excellence Award.
Over the years, DTYD has been closely associated with the prestigious racing yacht designers Botin & Carkeek on various projects, where they have been involved with structural and detailing aspects on cruisers and the GP,
TP and VO70 classes.
Whatever the project, each design is carefully conceptualised and detailed according to the client’s brief, the use of the vessel, construction requirements and costs. This process is facilitated by the powerful Catia V5 and Rhino software for 2D & 3D design deliverables.
Once construction begins, the DTYD team liaises closely with the builder throughout the construction process providing them with all required information so that the project proceeds as planned.
DTYD has completed many exciting projects; all of which can be reviewed in the Projects section of the website.
Anton du Toit
Anton has over thirty years of practical sailing and racing experience in various locations around the world. He grew up on boats, spending thirteen years cruising around the world with his family in their Sparkman Stephens Tartan 46 ft. sloop. From a young age he started designing boats and his yearning to learn more about boat design and architecture led him to study all available design material. Anton was especially inspired by the renowned yacht designers Sparkman & Stephens, Phil Rhodes, John Alden and Herreshoff. On returning to South Africa in 1990 he worked at prominent South African yacht designer Angelo Lavranos & Associates and at world-class yacht building facility Southern Wind Shipyard. He decided to go on his own in 2000, and with the business growing steadily, he now has a team of designers.
Charmaine du Toit
She gave up her nursing career to join DTYD when her interest in the business became more than just a hobby. Having lived at the sea all her life, Charmaine is no stranger to boats. She also completed a Rio-Cape Town delivery with Anton in 1993.
Charmaine is responsible for all interior design work and manages the administrative side of the business.
Lucille joined DTYD after completing her degree in Interior Design in Pretoria and her love of the ocean and interest in yacht design motivated her to move to Cape Town. Lucille is highly creative and passionate about nature, music and art. Specialising in the exclusive and challenging field of yacht design fuels her creative side, and she loves the challenge of creating the elegant lines of a yacht exterior as well as designing the structures and modules that shape the intricate detailed interiors.
Johan joined the DTYD team in September 2015. After working in the motor industry for eight years, he decided to pursue his passion for drafting , which started in High School, by doing a part time drafting course at Academy IDT in Cape Town. Johan developed an interest in yacht design as it combines his love for problem solving, drafting, water sports and anything with an engine!
Kerryn has always had a passion for design, which stems from noticing details in her environments. She is always up for a challenge, this is shown by her wide range of interests from water sports to other crafts. Kerryn joined the Du Toit Yacht Design Team in February 2016 after finishing her Degree in Interior Design at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Kerryn’s interest and drive to expand her design knowledge drew her to Cape Town and into the DTYD drawing office.
PK has always been interested in boats and boat design. He built his first boat in high school, so naturally after leaving school he studied boat building at the Cape Town Boat Building Academy and completed internships at Southern Spas and Southern Wind Shipyard. He continued to work At Southern Wind as a draftsman after his internship. Since then he has also completed a course in Yacht Design. PK brings a great deal of practical experience to the team, having been a sailor most of his life, he has done three ocean crossings, including two Cape to Rio yacht races.
Sean van Rensburg
Sean started sailing from an early age and now competes at the top end of the fleet in various classes in both dinghy and keel-boat sailing. He was awarded South African provincial colours in sailing. After completing his schooling, Sean obtained his Yacht Master Skippers Certificate and became a RYA and SAS sail and power instructor. He went on to complete his degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked in the oil and gas industry for three years. Sean joined Du Toit Yacht Design in February 2017 in order to combine his passion and interest for sailing and engineering.
Oliver completed his mechanical engineering degree at the University of Pretoria and has chosen to continue his studies into the business fields with a part-time degree. He is an avid sailor, having developed his career from humble beginnings racing optimists in 2005 to skippering a Lipton Cup team. He joined Du Toit Yacht Design in 2018 and has found it as the perfect place to combine a sailing and engineering career.