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Minoru Sugasawa/Naval Architect
1971 Sugasawa joined Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. as a naval architect. Since then, he had worked on many different power boat developments and buildings for Yamaha.
2002 Sugasawa was promoted to Japan Boating Industry Association, to Japan Ship Technology Research Association, and to Fishing Boat And System Engineering Association to work on internationalization of rules and standards of small pleasure boats, on recycling of FRP boats, and on improving performance of small fishing boats.
His final position at Yamaha Motor Co. was a director of design department.
Dr. Sugasawa talks about the project
"I met Tadami-san and knew we shared the same vision and opinions about boats and the sea. I wanted to help him to make his dream come true.
The most difficult part of the designing of this boat was to give enough stability and high performance in this 20-foot small craft with 17-foot water line length and high super structure, plus a big guy like Tadami himself onboard. I think we successfully managed to meet all the requirements.
I have worked on mass-production boats for many years. I am retired and from now on, I would like to help people who love the sea and who have their dream boats in mind.