Sam Howell

Sam Howell, Partner

“Our design process is driven by our relationship with our clients, assisting them to fulfill their dreams—sometimes it’s an evolutionary process and other times, transformative. We have had clients come in with definitive ideas, and the end solution sometimes is very different from the starting point. This is as interesting and creative to me as the design work itself.”

Growing up sailing on the waters of Martha’s Vineyard (Massachusetts) sparked Sam’s interest in yachts, and that grew to a passion for both racing and cruising. He has an extensive sailing résumé that includes working as a professional yacht captain and crew on various racing sailboats competing in international races worldwide. He worked at Pedrick Yacht Designs for seven years, adding participation on two America’s Cup design teams to his experience.

Sam has been with Langan Design since its inception. He has designed a wide range of custom and production sailing and motor yachts, including the 130’ classic styled ketch Victoria of Strathearn; the 78’ IMS Maxi Yacht Sagamore; the 85’ pilothouse sloop Adjutor; and the 88’ cold molded three-masted sail training vessel Spirit of Bermuda.

Tom Degrémont, Partner

“There’s a romantic pen-to-paper quality about designing yachts, a real marriage of science and art. And in our office we go far beyond the drafting table. We are involved throughout the project, from the early sketches to the shipyard build, from the initial thought to the actual launch and beyond.”

Tom spent his childhood summers sailing and diving along the Brittany coast. His passion for everything nautical, his abilities in math and fascination with technology made the choice simple: he was to be a naval architect. After obtaining his Master of Engineering, Tom served as a reserve officer in the French Navy, working as a naval architect in the submarine refit design office in Toulon.

Tom joined the office in 2004. While at Langan Design, he was the lead designer on a range of projects, from the 100′ steel sail training schooner Argo to the modern 83’ sailing sloop Angel. His most recent projects include the refit and extension of a 130’ Abeking & Rasmussen motor yacht and the super-structure modeling and styling of a 180’ motor yacht.

Tom Degremont