Kit grew up in New Zealand and was introduced to the ocean and boating at a very early age. Boating was a huge part of his life and by age eight he was determined that he would design boats one day. He made the decision early on to begin this dream by learning how to build boats, and spent his holidays working for local boat yards for free to gain experience.
Kit’s career began as an apprentice boat builder in 1996 and by 2002 he was fully qualified in composite and wooden boat building. Now experienced in all facets of the trade, he quickly moved into a senior position and subsequently to a project management position, managing refit work and high-tech composite construction of various vessels. He moved into a production manager’s position in the United Kingdom managing the set-up and running of a 5 axis facility. During this time he began training in 3D design, eventually making the decision to realise his childhood dream of becoming a Yacht Designer.
The next international move led Kit to the position of sole interior designer at Mustang Marine in Australia. This role covered all aspects of development of Mustangs new range of production boats set for the European Market, and encompassed the creation of new concepts through to detailed design, and overseeing that the design intent and quality was carried through to the finished article.
Kit was then employed by world renowned Super yacht builder Alloy Yachts as an interior designer where he rapidly made his way to lead designer working on vessels such as Kokomo, Vertigo, Loretta Anne, Encore and Mondango. Driven by an insatiable need to create his own designs, he founded Odyssey Yacht Design Studio with a former colleague from Mustang Marine where they developed vessels from custom limousine tenders, production yachts to high speed military craft, and interior and exterior superyacht styling.
In early 2014 Kit made the decision to go out on his own and founded Kit Carlier Design, a brand that encompasses his absolute commitment to detail and vision. Kit prides himself in his ability to create concepts and visualize technically how they will need to be developed to become a successful product. He draws from his vast experience during 20 years in the marine industry and is always looking for new opportunities to leave his mark.
As a kid growing up in remote coastal Australia, Will gained an early appreciation for the ocean.
He remembers his first time on the water with his father when he was instantly fascinated by how boats float and manoeuvre through waves.
The connection with the water stayed with him and his passion became a vocation. As a naval architect, working remotely for Kit Carlier Design from Melbourne, Will strives for technical perfection. He likes to draw on inspiration from his artistic background and the environment, to create balanced, innovative designs that are as practical and functional as possible.
Will’s background has had a huge influence on his life outlook. His family home on King Island in Tasmania is ‘off the grid’, and relies solely on solar energy and water storage.
As a child he had a fascination with perpetual motion and renewable resources of energy. As well as drawing his dream boat designs, he came up with concepts that captured wave energy.
In 2015 Will graduated with a Bachelor of engineering (Naval Architecture) with honours from the Australian Maritime College (A.M.C) in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
During the semester breaks of his degree he worked for the Northern Territory Government Marine Safety Branch as a trainee marine, a position he gained though a government scholarship programme.
At Kit Carlier Design Will enjoys the openness of the work environment, which allows him to put forward his opinions and solutions. The company ethos sits well with Will – to find solutions to practical issues while maintaining the intended style and flow of the vessel.
Outside of work Will is passionate about the ocean, with free diving, spear fishing and kite surfing his favourite past-times.