Old Boy Misha Merzliakov (1996) is an Australian yacht designer. From his studio in Brisbane, he has worked with clients around the world, delivering customised and creative designs and ‘out of the box’ ideas. Misha combines his degree in Naval Architecture with a passion for yacht design to deliver a range of modern, innovative designs set to make waves in the superyacht industry.
Misha has been nominated for an award in The International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2017 to be held in Venice on Friday 19 May. He has been shortlisted in the ‘Concept Under 40 Metres Award’ category for Concept Yachts. In 2011, Misha was one of five designers in the world selected as a finalist in the Young Designer of the Year competition at the Show Boat Design Awards for his submission ‘Eva’, a 52m Catamaran (pictured below left), which were held at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Another of Misha’s designs (pictured below right) is a 102m 39knot trimaran based on an Austal fast ferry platform.
With the project name Battlewagon 70ft (pictured below), Misha’s entry for The International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2017 is an exciting new sport fisher concept which he believes demonstrates the next evolution in this design style. Developed with the idea of freshening up the already successful sport fisher platform, the design was conceived for an owner seeking a unique monohulled vessel that is both perfect for fishing, able to operate at high speeds and calm water sunset cruising. “I wanted to modernise and explore adventurous expanses of glass whilst retaining an aggressive exterior”, says Misha. The design is a bold attempt to modernise these yachts without losing the unmistakable silhouette.
Please click here to cast your vote for Misha’s entry in The International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2017.
LOA: 21.3 m
Beam: 6 m
Draft: 1.4 m
Power: 2 x 900 hp
Speed: 20+ knots
– above left: Misha at Mar-a-Lago in 2011 for the Show Boat Design Awards.
– above right: Misha