If there is any constant in yacht design and engineering, it is that there is no lack of ideas for new technology. They are not hard to find, they find you. Every inventor thinks that he has come up with the latest new mousetrap, and you, Mr. naval architect, are just the person to put it into your next yacht design!!
That's is not how we naval architects apply new technology, generally. First of all, we work for owners and builders who by and large want something tried and true. Most of the time, they are NOT willing to pay for something innovative because they have to foot the bill for testing, and they run the risk if something fails. There are very few individuals who are ready to step up to the plate to try something new. It does happen, but cost and risk are the factors that impede development and acceptance.
The process is slow. A couple of examples that have made it, of course, are carbon fiber applications in both sail and power yachts. Also, numerically controlled (NC) cutting of steel and aluminum plate. Another is vacuum bagging technology of composites, followed by resin impregnation technology. These technologies are usually applied and developed by the yacht builders. It is extremely rare for a designer to bring the new technology to the builder. That is because the builder is in the position to physically carry out the necessary building and testing in the shop. When he succeeds to the point where he can actually apply the new technology on a regular basis, that is when the naval architects, designers, and owners learn about it. We have to be convinced that the new technology has a reasonable chance of success so that we can advise our owner clients of the risks involved in an appropriate manner.
Admittedly, there are exceptions to this general scenario. But if you have new technology, you have to be able to test it out yourself, and pay for that development, either on your own or working with a builder. Then you and your builder can bring it to the marketplace and make it available to naval architects and their owners. The new technology can give you a competitive edge over the other builders, so that is the place to introduce it and develop it.