The Master School in Yachts and Cruise Vessels Design of the University of Trieste has trained numerous architects, engineers and designers in naval and nautical design and has represented the continuation of the Imperial and Royal Nautical School (das Kaiserliche Königliche Nautische Schule), which was founded in Trieste in 1817. Furthermore, course of study sought to emphasise the maritime and seafaring vocation of Trieste for various reasons: the presence in the city of the world’s largest cruise ship builder, the Fincantieri; the annual running of the ‘Barcolana’, the largest sailing regatta in the world; and finally, the importance of the port of Trieste, the largest port for freight traffic in Italy. Three practical projects are also illustrated. They were prepared by some Masters students in order to support their theoretical preparation. The first concerns a parking ship to support maritime cities; the second a motor boat designed for disabled people; the third an innovative vaporetto for Venice.