The future is now. Virtual reality brings a new dimension to yacht design and construction.
When prominent yacht designers carry on the legacies of their famous parents, is it nature, nurture or something else?
Coming to Miami for the boat shows February 14 to 18? You may want to check out one of the new cool places in town. French designer Philippe Starck, designer of the yachts A and Venus, has returned to Miami to add his special touch to a new hospitality project.
For a master’s thesis, Giovanni Crosera, a recent IUAV graduate, tackled a fast-transfer passenger boat to take tourists from Venice’s airport to the city center. Sleek and stylish, this 75-foot boat is more than mere transportation.
Will this be the year of the trimaran? The recent delivery of a tri-hull project in China made quite a bit of noise throughout the yachting industry and other three-hulled projects are in the works. Yacht designer Guido de Groot has been working with Mobimar in Finland to develop a yacht application for the trimaran that the shipyard is building for commercial use.
Mario Pedol is a soft-spoken man not normally given to exclamations of flash and wow. But the recent news that Nauta Yachts was the designer of the 590-foot (180-meter) yacht Azzam, currently under construction at Lürssen, generated quite a buzz. Azzam, a long-time secret project, is believed to be 57 feet 4 inches (17.5 meters) longer than Eclipse, currently the world’s largest yacht.
On the heels of the full-displacement 47-meter (154-foot) Tango 2, Australia’s Imaginocean Yacht Design (IYD) has released details of two new designs: the 40-meter (131-foot) GT-40 H and the 55-meter (180-foot) GT-55 H. As with T2, IYD has pursued their “longer, lower, lighter” ethos with these two projects, but has taken it to a new level. They’ve added “green” into the mix as well.
BMT Nigel in collaboration with Henry Ward (a recent design graduate who came up with the concept) has designed a 33-by-26-foot (10-by-8-meter) supplemental beach you can take anywhere. Not only does it float wherever you want it to (you can tow it with a tender), it folds into its own purpose-made crate, which fits in the garage.
We pay homage to the explorers, sturdy displacement yachts that can take yacht owners long distances, but surely will keep them looking stylish anywhere they drop anchor. Plus three designers tell us how they added a wow factor to important areas of a yacht.