Du Toit Yacht Design (DTYD) was established by Anton and Charmaine du Toit in 2001. Today, it is South Africa’s premier naval architecture firm, having produced more custom catamaran metres and tonnage than any other yacht designer in the southern hemisphere.
DTYD has a team of eight designers and has completed over 120 projects since 2001, including over 30 complete custom and production catamarans. DTYD is based in the centre of the boat-building hub of Cape Town, giving the team easy access to boat building yards, mast manufacturers, sail lofts and the harbours.
From its inception in 2001, DTYD grew steadily into a busy and successful naval architecture firm. It wasn’t long before DTYD was designing complete custom builds for a range of marine manufacturers, in addition to collaborating with leading yacht designers and boat builders.
DTYD and Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing designed and built the Open Ocean sailing and expedition catamaran range from 2006. They have launched nine custom power and sailing catamarans, ranging from 70 to 110 foot. In 2013 DTYD partnered with Nexus Yachts of St Francis and Phil Berman from the USA to create the Balance Catamarans brand, of which the Balance 526 has become a very popular semi-custom boat, winning the Cruising World Boat of the Year award for 2017.
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.
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.