about us
ABOUT US

Instinct Marine is a manufacturer of premium sport fishing boats, and the first to introduce a boat specifically designed for the waters, weather and wave characteristics of the Gulf region.

Combining advanced hydrodynamic studies, detailed engineering and cutting edge designs, we manufacture boats using state-of-the-art fabrication processes at our private first class Dubai-based facility. With a dedicated international design and engineering team that has spent thousands of hours to produce a bespoke boat, we are able to offer better agility, speed, performance, handling, seakeeping and stability.

Built in Dubai under QHSE (quality, health, safety, environment) approval to ensure that all aspects of our boat are up to par with international safety regulations, we have produced a brand new hull and deck to meet the requirements of the region and have designed our boats to fit up to four 350 Hp engines.

Having established new quality standards, we offer the perfect balance between sport fishers and luxury cruisers, and are redefining boat building in the region.

FACILITIES

We operate one of the most advanced facilities in the small craft industry within the GCC. Located in Dubai, our private facility spans 40,000 sq ft and includes a 5,500 sq ft insulated air conditioned room exclusively for lamination. This enables us to produce boats in a temperature controlled environment, and also ensures the materials used

maintain their mechanical properties. Moreover, our facility is equipped with eight tonnes of overhead cranes as well as top quality equipment that help in promoting a safer work environment.

OUR TEAM
CHRISTOS KARYOFYLLIS
General Manager

With Bachelor of Engineering degrees in Marine Technology and Mechanical Engineering, Christos has passionately worked on a plethora of marine crafts as part of various teams in different areas of the world in roles such as Naval Architect, Production Manager, Quality Supervisor and Chief Technician. His experience extends to luxury custom crafts, fishing vessels, high speed crafts, racing crafts, luxury tenders and many others. As a member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), Christos recognises perfection and diligently leads his team in pursuit of the ultimate sporting boat design and manufacturing process. He successfully coordinates the activities of our various departments which are concerned with the design, fabrication, production and distribution of our luxury sport fishing boats, and is the passion that drives our company forward.

CHRISTOS KARYOFYLLIS, General Manager

LEIGH WILLIAMS
Operations Manager

Leigh brings his fifteen years’ of experience in the composite industry to our state-of-the-art production facility. With expertise in all aspects of composites in the marine industry and with boat building experience in the Middle East and Europe, Leigh played a vital role in setting up our new manufacturing facility in Dubai and now handles our day to day production. He ensures the smooth running of a large operation, maintaining high standards and keeping to deadlines. Formerly, Leigh was a key figure on the build team of the second Artemis Oceanracing AC72 catamaran for the Americas Cup. He also worked on the IMOCA 60 Racing yacht for Alex Thomson Racing and Hugo Boss as well as many other prestigious and challenging projects before joining our drive to bring the best boats to the GCC.

LEIGH WILLIAMS, Operations Manager

DR. ANTONIOS MANTOUVALOS
Naval Architect

Dr. Mantouvalos holds a PHD in Hydrodynamics from Newcastle University and is the founder of MEKY, a naval architecture design house for high performance boats. He has expertise in fast planning hulls and has worked on key projects including the UK Metropolitan Police Catamaran, RIB racing hulls (winning seasons 2012-13-14), patrol craft hulls for Qatar petroleum, military craft hulls for Elmon and numerous research projects. For the last 10 years, he has been appointed as a research associate and visiting professor of hydrodynamics in the field of high speed and advanced craft in Newcastle University. With his expertise in advanced hull design and experience gained from years in research and its application in the market, he has designed a custom Instinct Marine hull and assessed it with in house computational fluid dynamics analysis.

LEIGH WILLIAMS, Operations Manager

NIKOLAOS RAPTIS
Styling & Ergonomics Designer

Nikolaos, the founder of our partner Velos Design has a BA in Mining Engineering from the Imperial College in London, a BA in Transport and Product Design from Coventry University in the UK and a Masters in Automotive and Boat Design from Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan which was sponsored by Lamborghini. He has worked on a number of marine projects and boats including KKG Boats, Abra Marine, Black Mamba RIB, Olympic Racing RIB, Supernova 25, Tueq Limo Tender, Abras 36, L-Cat, KKG Speed Needle for Burj Al Arab and many others. Specialised in styling and ergonomics, Nikolaos designed a user friendly layout with soft fillet edges for ultimate safety on board our boat. To ensure easy movement, he also included spacious walkways and added handles to the deck.

NIKOLAOS RAPTIS, Styling & Ergonomics Designer

ALESSANDRO SALVAGNIN
Styling & Ergonomics Designer

Alessandro is a Senior Designer at Automobili Lamborghini – Centro Stile, a Design tutor at Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan and an exclusive partner at Velos Design. As a designer and modeller, he has worked on a many projects, which include the Estoque concept car, Gallardo Superleggera, Gallardo LP560, Murcielago LP 570, Sesto Elemento, Aventador Coupe, Aventador Roadster, Urus, Gallardo Supertrofeo MK2, Veneno, Asterion concept and Huracan coupe. He has also worked on a number of marine projects with Velos Design such as The Black Mamba RIB, Olympic Racing RIB, Tueq Limo Tender, the P1 powerboat and others. Working together with Nikolaos, Alessandro helped blend surfaces that were mathematically modelled on our boat in order to avoid critical angles and edges.

ALESSANDRO SALVAGNIN, Styling & Ergonomics Designer

OUR PARTNERS
VELOS-MEKY

The VELOS-MEKY team expertly design and engineer our boats in their entirety and streamline everything from concept to production. The group’s strengths and efficiencies rely on the combination of the individual values and skills of its team members which include Dr. Antonios Mantouvalos, a hydrodynamics expert and professor of high speed and advanced craft in Newcastle University; Nikolaos Raptis, a unique concept generation designer and Alessandro Salvagnin, a leading 3D surface modelling expert.

The team specialises in designing power boats that stand out from the norm, and always incorporates customers’ needs in every aspect of its work, from styling preferences to performance capabilities.

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GURIT

One of the world’s most established developers and innovators in the composites industry, Gurit is considered the leading global supplier of composite materials. Having demonstrated that it was capable of providing the best reinforcement for our boats, Gurit was selected as our partner of choice.

With over thirty years’ of experience in the practical application of composites across various market sectors and projects, from small parts to large-scale structures, combined with a unique technical approach, Gurit has been able to offer the best composite solution for our manufacturing process.

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