Meet the Founder


Doug Zurn was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1963 and grew up boating on Lake Erie aboard his family’s McCurdy & Rhodes sailboats, a 17-foot Boston Whaler and a Philip Rhodes Dyer Dinghy Midget. By the age of 17 he had absorbed Skene’s Elements of Yacht Design; eventually preparing his own drawings and boat models in high school architecture class. Zurn received his professional degree in yacht design with honors from The Westlawn School of Yacht Design in 1993, the same year he established Zurn Yacht Design. He maintains a professional membership with the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), as well as the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the Yacht Brokers Association of America.

Born: 1963
Where: Erie, PA USA
Boats: 156 Designs
  634 Launches