Ocean5 Naval Architects offers marine industry cutting-edge concepts, technical expertise.


Ocean5 Naval Architects is a full service naval architecture and marine systems design firm with a well-earned reputation for developing innovative, custom designs for vessels used for work and recreation. Ocean5 Naval Architects was founded in October 2007 when CEO Robert Kaidy, an independent naval architect since 2004 and, previously, Director of Engineering at Pursuit Boats, joined forces with President John Canada, formerly senior naval architect with Whiticar Custom Boats. Since then, the company has grown 50 percent every year with plans to expand the staff from six employees to 10 by year's end.


Based in Stuart, the company offers its technical expertise to a worldwide clientele that includes shipyards, governments and businesses, private owners and others. Its extensive portfolio of projects includes recreational boats, catamarans, sportfishing boats, high-performance yachts, supply vessels, tug boats, barges, transport ships and ferries, patrol boats and combat craft.
Whether a client needs a full and complete vessel design, or just a new hull, weight study or structural analysis, Ocean5 Naval Architects can provide everything needed "from keel to mast tip, from stem to stern," Kaidy said.
The firm uses a comprehensive technical approach, including sophisticated computer simulation techniques including specialized performance prediction software developed in-house.
Ocean5 Naval Architects offers a complete suite of services, including: Naval architecture: Hull design, structural design, stability analysis, testing and seakeeping; Marine systems: Design and installation of electrical and mechanical systems; Construction services: Tooling, jig and fixtures, CAD services; Technical services: Project management, proposal writing.
The company does a brisk business in crafting pleasure, military & commercial vessels for overseas clients. It recently contracted with the Indian Army to design a fleet of patrol boats that can endure the harsh conditions of a saltwater lake at 15,000 feet. Ocean5 also provides consultation, documentation and certification services for boats being exported to Europe.
Stateside, the company recently unveiled the 2010 Quiet Thunder QT 660, a luxury yacht for a private owner that can reach top speeds of 50 knots.
Ocean5 designed, engineered and tested the vessel, which features a very fast and efficient offshore catamaran hull design, as well as four staterooms and four heads. The vessel is the world's fastest large luxury yacht catamaran.
In addition to introducing cutting-edge, high-performance vessels into the marketplace, Ocean5 is also busy refitting megayachts for South Florida customers.
"Everyone is feeling the effects of the economy, and megayachts are coming up for sale at bargain prices," Kaidy said. "Every new owner wants to put his thumbprint on his boat, and they come to us to design a new exterior, floorplan or electrical system."
Ocean5 can easily serve clients from its central location in Martin County.
"We can be in Miami, Tampa, Titusville, Jacksonville or anywhere in Florida in just a few hours," he said. "It's a fantastic location surrounded by a huge marine services market."
The company also benefits from its proximity to other local vendors that offer rapid prototyping, tooling fabrication and other services.
"Using the industrial marine industry base here allows us to leverage partner companies and offer a broad base of products and services," he said.
Kaidy is involved in advancing the marine industry in Martin County and is working with the Business Development Board of Martin County to grow a network that extends through the Treasure Coast, the Southeast region and throughout the state of Florida.
Ocean5 Naval Architects, a financial booster for soccer clubs in both Martin and St. Lucie counties, is also proud to have a continuing relationship with local high schools through its internship program and support of the Martin County Robotics team.
To learn more about Ocean5 Naval Architects go to www.ocean5.com.


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