DICK BEAUMONT

DICK BEAUMONT

Chairman

Dick has sailed over 100,000 nautical miles and is the chairman of Kraken Yachts. His love of sailing has seen him circumnavigate the world and experience everything that sailing has to offer.

 

Dick’s passion for sailing has carried through into the ethos for Kraken; an ethos that demands yachts built in the right way for every condition and every customer. With a lifetime of sailing experience, Dick has used his knowledge of blue water cruising and sailing to review systems, designs and overall yacht quality, incorporating this extensive experience into the Kraken range.

TOM COOPER

CEO

In Taiwan, Tom headed up a new business project managing a fleet of 23m luxury motor sailors, whilst also founding Marine Centre which was a distributor for Raymarine, Webasto, Tru Design and Fastmount amongst other major marine equipment manufactures. His technical skills led him at this time to train engineers for marine industrial giants such as Raymarine, Inteller and Webasto. He also made several yacht deliveries across the Taiwan Straits. During his time in Taiwan he met Dick Beaumont and the first Kraken Yacht was born, White Dragon, a K66, the building of which Tom was the project manager for. He is now coordinating the interiors, digital electrical design and electronics for the K50 and the K58. There can be few marine project managers who have built and sailed vessels in as diverse a range as from Sydney Harbour Skiffs to Superyachts. Tom is married to Yvonne and has one daughter from a previous marriage.

TOM COOPER

TRYSTAN GRACE

Creative Director

Trystan has had a passion for the sea from a young age beginning with Scuba Diving where he progressed to PADI Assistant Instructor. After moving to Asia, he discovered his love for sailing and worked commercially in the luxury yachting industry whilst developing a keen eye as a marine photographer. 

 

Exotic and tropical destinations and filming locations such as Madagascar, Palau and Thailand became a speciality with which his reputation for undertaking bespoke projects led him to be referred to many high-profile projects. His enthusiasm for blue water cruising complements his experience in marketing and the marine industry.

TRYSTAN GRACE

FILIP SOCHAJ

FILIP SOCHAJ

Design Engineer

Filip’s passion for yachting was gained from a very young age. His childhood was spent in boatyards or aboard boats of all kinds. Strong family ties to the sea meant he has sailed craft from self-built dinghies to three masted square riggers.

 

Extensive racing, deliveries and cruising, and as much sea time has he could gain shaped a career path at Kraken Yachts. His respect for the open sea led him to pursue a career in yacht design and naval architecture.

KEVIN DIBLEY

KEVIN DIBLEY

Yacht Designer

Kevin Dibley is a New Zealand based Yacht Designer with a design portfolio that is as extensive as it is varied. Born in Canada to a yachting family, Kevin spent his childhood living on a yacht his NZ-born father built and launched from their backyard. The passion for sailing grew from there. Whether racing or cruising, Kevin has been involved in most areas of yachting throughout his 30 plus years in the industry, both as a sailor and a designer.

 

Kevin has worked alongside America’s Cup Hall of Fame yacht designer Laurie Davidson on various high-end racing and cruising designs over the past 20 years. 

PETE LAWSON

PETE LAWSON

Structural Engineer

Hauraki Design Consultancy was established in 1997 by Pete Lawson - a qualified Naval Architect and practicing Composite Structural Engineer with over 30 years of yachting and marine industry experience.

 

Pete is the principal engineer and a graduate of the acclaimed Southampton Institute in the United Kingdom. He has previously worked at High Modulus (now Gurit) and Southern Spars in mast design and composite structures and has accumulated a wealth of marine design experience with key roles in a number of world class, high profile projects. He has worked on a variety of projects such as Volvo, J-Class, Maxi yachts, Superyachts, and three successive America’s Cup Campaigns.

CARRIE PAK

CARRIE PAK

Operations manager

Carrie was born overlooking the south coast waters of Hong Kong and is actively involved in the local sailing cruising and racing scene.

 

As a member of notable Hong Kong sailing clubs and a keen and active participant in the development of sailing in the area she now uses her knowledge of sailing and the marine industry to provide IT, marketing and operational support to the Kraken team. 

Instrumental in the provision of Kraken Yachts World Support she is on hand to assist with logistics and support services for clients around the world.

PETER POLAND

PETER POLAND

PR & Media Consultant

After graduating with an MA in modern languages at Oxford University, Peter Poland worked as an insurance broker at Lloyds of London. Finding this a little boring, he and a university friend bought a 25ft wooden yacht. They then sailed it across the Atlantic from the UK to Barbados in 1968 at the age of 22.

This early adventure was later followed by a career in yacht building that lasted 30 years. He was Sales and Marketing Director and co-owner of the British company Hunter Boats Ltd (not to be confused with the American Hunter company). 

RICHARD COOPER

RICHARD COOPER

Website & Design

The Oncrowd supports Kraken Yachts from the UK with graphic and website design. The Oncrowd was founded in 2013 by Richard; a graduate in marketing who has worked in the marketing industry for the past 15 years for Blue Chip companies and UK advertising agencies.

 

The Oncrowd created the Kraken branding, website and release marketing materials. Richard has also spent many months crewing, diving and sailing through Papua New Guinea to Australia and a separate trip to Indonesia.