Industry mourns noted yacht designer

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Andre J. Bauwens, former chief naval architect of J.B. Hargrave Naval Architects, died June 29. He was 82.

In making the announcement, Michael Joyce, chief executive officer of J.B. Hargrave Corp., called Bauwens “one of the key people responsible for building the company’s outstanding reputation in yacht design and engineering.”

Born in Brussels, Bauwens moved in 1956 to the United States, where he graduated from the Westlawn Design Institute before starting his career with the MacLear & Harris design firm in New York.

He moved to Florida and joined Jack Hargrave in West Palm Beach in 1966. Bauwens served as chief naval architect of the Hargrave yacht design section and wrote the specifications for all new yacht designs. During his tenure Bauwens created a comprehensive company design manual that is still in use today.

A resident of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Bauwens was a passionate sailor and maintained a lifelong love of gardening and a commitment to the welfare of animals.

He is survived by his wife, Mariette.