Kevin M. Kerwin, PE is a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer with over 40 years of experience designing a vast number of types of ships. He obtained his education at the University of Michigan Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 1978, and worked first as a Weight Control Engineer and Naval Architect at Ingalls Shipbuilding on nuclear fast attack submarines, Spruance Class destroyers, Kidd Class Guided Missile Destroyers, LHA 1 Class amphibious assault ships, and the Ticonderoga Class cruisers for the U.S. Navy.
After leaving Ingalls, he worked in successive jobs as a Naval Architect and Project Manager on offshore supply vessels, tugs, Surface Effect Ship catamarans and the 47 Foot Motor Lifeboat prototype for the U.S. Coast Guard, preliminary designs of over 60 commercial SES catamarans, the LCAC hovercraft for the U.S. Navy, and then moved on to his life dream of being a yacht designer as the Chief Naval Architect managing the Florida engineering team for Broward Marine, at the time they were the largest volume builder of custom motoryachts in the world (1990-1993).
During the 1993 and later period, Mr. Kerwin operated a yacht repair and modification for a yacht management firm, then started his own firm, Kerwin Naval Architects, Inc. in 1997. He has produced modification and newbuild projects for over 350 vessels since that time, with a 5 year interim job as Engineering Manager at Eastern Shipbuilding Group (2009-2014), where he managed a staff of up to 20 engineers and drafters, building a variety of 35 ships: Platform Supply Vessels, car ferries, fireboats, a factory fishing trawler, a reproduction of the 142 foot 1923 fishing schooner Columbia, river pushboats, tractor tugs, and an Offshore Platform Construction vessel. Mr. Kerwin continues to operate Kerwin Naval Architects, Inc. today, and has recently completed design and construction of a floating restaurant dining room, a floating condominium sales and model condo office building, a 35 foot, 92 mph speedboat, and numerous system modifications and stability tests on existing yachts.