CAPTAIN HUGENOT is an experienced Naval Architect, Marine Surveyor and Super-Yacht operator who has served as master of INSPECTED PASSENGER VESSELS up to 185 ft (56 meters), with 1000 passengers.
After over 30 years as a Member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) he is now semi-retired, but continues as the current National Chairman of the Motor Yacht Panel for the Small Craft Technical Committee. and also chaired the annual SNAME Small Craft Design Contest serving as Chief Judge.
He also served as advisor to three American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) Project committees on Marine Electrical and Hull Piping, Electrical Systems and Electrical Equipment, writing standards for pleasure yacht construction.
He is currently a principle member of the Motor Craft Committee for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) writing the fire protection standards for US Motor Yachts, and previously he served for eight years on their Marine Fire Boat Committee. writing standards for Fire Boat Construction.
During 2005-2007 he served as expert consultant to the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) on Motor Pleasure Yachts built to ABS Class and in compliance with British Commonwealth Standards for Large Charter Yachts MCA-LY2.
He often serves as expert witness during litigation involving both design and operation of vessels.
Capt. Hugenot has over 35 years experience in the prototype design, operation, new construction, and repair of motor yachts, commercial and naval small craft, coast guard cutters, passenger ferries, tugboats, ocean tankers, container ships, pleasure small craft and super-yachts, including all shipboard HVAC, piping, electrical, and mechanical systems, main propulsion diesels, gas turbines, shafting, reduction gears, bearings, and propellers. Maintaining interference control and resolution, utilizing 3-D modeling programs Autocad and Ship-Constructor computer modeling programs and designing main control systems for ACCU operations, or C4-I integrated control systems, ABS Motor Yachts and MCA Charter Vessels.
After 28 years as a Member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) he is now semi retired but was the prior National Chairman of the Motor Yacht Panel for the Small Craft Technical Committee. and also chaired the annual SNAME Small Craft Design Contest serving as chief judge.
Capt. Hugenot has been surveying small craft from 26 to 300 feet for over 30 years and is familiar with the structural components of Aluminum, Steel, Fiberglass, Ferro-Cement and all marine woods and construction techniques of each material. He is a trained welder, machinist and diesel engine rebuilder as well as a wood shipwright. In 2004 he became an Accredited Marine Surveyor and was also a member of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors from 2004 until 2010. He is now semi-retired.
A recognized technical expert in motor yachts and shipbuilding, he regularly consults as expert witness and expert consultant on vessel operations as well as all of the following yacht construction standards:
ABS Motor Pleasure Yacht Guide, 62-MPY2000 (20060
ABS Rules for Classing Steel Vessels (SVR)
ABS Rules for Classing Steel Vessels under 90 M
MCA – LY2 Large Commercial Yacht Code, MSN-1792 amendment 1 (2004)
US Code – Title 46 CFR Shipping Sub Chapters C,H,T,K & I
ABS – MCA He served for three years an expert consultant to the American Bureau of Shipping on Motor Pleasures Yachts, intrepreting the ABS Rules on various cuatom Super Yacht designs from Christensen & Trinity Yachts seeking ABS and MCA classification.
NFPA – 1998 – 2006 he served on the NFPA technical committee on Marine Fire Boats. drafting NFPA Standard 1925 – Marine Firefighting Vessels
ABYC – He currently serves in an advisory capacity to the ABYC Hull Piping and Electrical Committees drafting ABYC Standards.
QUALIFIED EXPERT WITNESS: Judges in Federal and state courts (CA, NY & WA) have qualified him as EXPERT MARITIME WITNESS and he has delivered expert testimony from the witness stand in court, at depositions, and written opinions on :
· Vessel operations crew & passenger safety in personal injury litigation,
· Navigation forensics, weather, sea conditions and rogue waves
· Vessel design, safety, and stability in product guarantee litigation.
· Fair Market Valuation (FMV) and vessel material conditions
· Forensic investigation of Diesel and gasoline engine failures