On The Board


Dieter at a rowing regatta during his college years in Hamburg,

and Dieter and the crew of Charisma after finishing first overall in the 1985 Marion/Bermuda Ocean Race.

DIETER EMPACHER DESIGNS creates world class yachts through an unparalleled combination of experience and technical expertise. The firm's work covers the spectrum: sail and power, custom production boats, new building and modification, with a specialization in cruising sail yachts. Dieter began working with boats at Bootswerft Empacher, his father's rowing shell company and received his technical education in Naval Architecture in Hamburg, Germany. He later moved to the United States and began his career with Ted Hood's design group, rising to Chief Designer and designing many of Hood's best known boats. Dieter is best known for his cruising designs which offer performance and comfort with an elegant, classic appearance. Not limited to just cruising yachts, Dieter has designed everything from 12 meters and a Canada's Cup Winner to world class rowing shells. Dieter Empacher designed shells have won Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and World Championships since 1988.

DIETER EMPACHER DESIGNS' combination of experience and technical expertise is unique in the industry. We are eager to create a custom yacht to meet your needs, to help you modify an existing yacht, or to customize one of our existing designs for you.

Dieter sailing on his yacht Kismet 2 with family and friends.