20 September 2014

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The Superyacht Group

Design Debate - Q18

In an interview about 46m 2 Ladies by Rossi Navi, Peter Hurzeler from Ocean Independence revealed how one of the biggest challenges for the design team was how to make the most of the interior while staying below 500gt. The solutions raised questions about the regulations that govern gross tonnage and how to work within or around them. We asked a panel of industry experts for their views.

What are the main implications of designing a yacht below 500gt and do the regulations restrict creativity in comparison with larger yachts?

Does the threshold offer loopholes and are there ways to design around the restrictions?

As gross tonnage provides a more accurate measurement of interior volume than length overall, should we make it the de facto point of reference?

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The Superyacht Group

Design Debate - Q17

One of the observations made during the inaugural SuperyachtDESIGN Week this year was the innovation, or lack thereof, in the superyacht industry. Award-winning interior designer Rabih Hage suggested that superyacht interior designers were not as creative as they could or should be, while a comment from Ken Freivokh suggested that considering the budgets of some projects, there is rarely any investment into the research of innovative ideas and materials.

Does the superyacht industry lack innovation and rely on the tried and tested too much?

What are the main barriers to the incorporation of new technologies and materials?

Should we and how can we encourage owners to invest in innovation?

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The Superyacht Group

Design Debate - Q16

With the growing popularity for yachts above 90m, one of the challenges for designers has become how to create an interesting and well-proportioned exterior. How can you make a large vessel look like a yacht and not a cruise ship and still provide the interior volume expected? Is bigger necessarily better?

What are the main challenges in making a vessel of 140m-plus look like a yacht and not a cruise liner?

From an aesthetical and operational point of view, would it be better to opt for a smaller 70m mothership and a shadow vessel of a similar size rather than one large vessel?

Are multihull platforms the best option for larger projects and if so how does this impact on the design of the superstructure?

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The Superyacht Group

Design Debate - Q15

MARPOL, MCA, SOLAS, MLC 2006 — there is a plethora of regulations that influence the way yachts are designed, built and operated. But to what extent do considerations such as fire-resistant materials or window size and position affect designers, suppliers and builders? Are they all strictly necessary aboard a yacht when crew and guests can be evacuated in a matter of minutes?

To what extent do the many safety regulations inhibit a designer's creativity and influence the look of a yacht, inside and out?

Are designers and suppliers fully aware of the new or emerging regulations, and what can or cannot be done?

Which regulations could be safely relaxed and what effect would this have on yacht design and construction?

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The Superyacht Group

Design Debate - Q14

During the SuperyachtDesign Summit in September last year, guest panellist and designer Stefano Pastrovich suggested that domotic or automated systems, such as those governing illumination and audio-visual appliances, have become overly complex and that this has the potential to spoil the owner’s enjoyment. Is cramming the latest technology on board yachts always the best option, or do we need to take a step back to simpler and possibly more reliable systems?

Are high-tech, automated systems always better than low-tech manual methods?

Are tablet devices such as iPads the best control units for use aboard yachts?

Does the latest technology ultimately enhance or detract from the onboard experience for owners and guests?

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Q13 - Tender Design

Custom limo tenders: vanity or valid expense?

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The Superyacht Group

Design Debate - Q13

Tender design has advanced beyond all recognition in recent years. There are umpteen concepts out there, many of them owing their looks to automobile styling, a heritage implicit in the description ‘limousine tender’. Exterior and even interior designers are often asked to contribute to such projects, which makes a custom limo tender from a leading builder a hugely expensive proposition. Is this just vanity on the part of owners, or is there something more profound at stake?

1. What are the specialist criteria that have to be considered when designing a superyacht tender?

2. How can top end production tenders compete with custom tenders, aside from the obvious cost benefit?

3. Does the creative link with the automotive industry help or hinder tender design?

4. Although tenders provide workable platforms for emission-free technologies such as electric or even fuel-cell propulsion, there have been very few developments in this direction. Why?

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Hayley Smith
Coventry University

Ecological Design within Superyachts?

considering the recent movement towards ecological design, it could be considered that the defintiion of luxury is changeing. How should yacht designers integrate this new design thinking within the design process and how has design practice adapted to better accomodate this? 

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The Superyacht Group

Q12 - Going Solo

The basic requirements of a successful designer are the desire to know and to review, but what else is needed?

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The Superyacht Group

Design Debate - Q12

Most successful young yacht designers who choose to branch out on their own have served an apprenticeship period with the top design studios. Even Andrew Winch, Terry Disdale and Tim Heywood launched their careers with Jon Bannenberg. In turn, designers such as Michael Leach, Peder Eidsgaard, James Claydon and Mike Reeves, Pascale Reymond and Andrew Langton, started out under the auspices of Terry Disdale, Andrew Winch, Donald Starkey or Redman Whiteley Dixon.
1. What are the main lessons to be learnt from working for an established design studio?
2. Is such experience an essential prerequisite to success as an independent designer?
3. How can young talent be encouraged to remain with a company?
4. What other options are open to designers looking to enter the field of yacht design?

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