28 – 30 January 2018 | Austria
A brief discussion on the positive and negative of yachting as a leisurely and indulging sport for the elites.The changes to be made in regards to design and accolades or achievements rewarded.
1. Impactful Design of the - Car Yacht design will soon have to adapt to automotive design and Giovanna Vitelli, vice-president of Azimut-Benetti (one of the well-known yacht building organization) reinforced this message, saying: “Automotive prototypes are launched to influence the market and clientele pre-production” he also stated that this shall be applied to our industry and set a progressive goal that shall be completed in the following years.
2. Award -The Studio FA Porsche designed Dynamic GTT115 yacht which was one of the principal winners at the Boat International Design and Innovation Awards being nominated for five categories and winning one.
3. Detail to Attention - Alex Inne’s presentation on Rolls-Royce’s the custom-made Sweptail project gave an insight into how the project was exclusively made for a private client. He characterized this process as “experiential luxury”. In terms of managing the cost of the project, Innes stated "They have yet to learn from the yachting industry in this matter. The CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös aptly described the Sweptail as 'significantly costly’.”
4.The Sharing Economy – It is being debated as to whether the sharing economy will start to have an influence on the superyacht world. Raphael Sauleau, CEO of Fraser (world's leading, full-service yachting company), said, "It is believed there is a market for shared ownership". The question that arises “is it possible to develop this market?”. Cruise lines are also considering this, however, its difficult to imitate the superyacht experience when providing for more than 12 guests.
5. Environmental Problems - With Growing Popularity of Mixtures and Diesel-electric project, the concern arises due to industry’s importance to the environment was repeatedly on the schedule and given prominence at the SuperYacht Design Symposium 2018. Representing the Extreme Markets panel, Winch Design (an eminent organization of designing boats) CEO Aino Leena Grapin concluded the statement, “ Numerous designers and yards are participating to protect the oceans and clearing away plastic as without the oceans there is no enjoyment in yachting.” An example to eliminate underwater noise pollution would be the 182.6-metre Vard explorer yacht REV that was analyzed extensively during the Extreme Builds session due to the reason that yacht was equipped with plastic lining nets and an onboard furnace for placing waste, the project will feature the latest state-of-the-art noise and vibration reduction technology.
6. Boarding Space -During the one on one session, Christophe Albin, owner of Escapade, and Alan Dabbiere, owner of the 60 meter CRN motor yacht Constance, entertained the audience with tales of encompassing adventures on board.They shared common opinions on the benefits of traveling worldwide with children accompanied by a tutor, they were torn over which spaces were most valuable. "We sit in the upper saloon and behind the upper deck,” said Dabbiere. "The main saloon was excessive generally for us on both of our past two boats the main saloon has ended up being a pretty dead space.”However, Albin’s experience on board the 37.5-metre sailing yacht Escapade was very different.
"Having living and lounging areas in different places was a key thing when we designed it, so we weren’t on each other’s back all the time,” he explained. "We specified a hard Bimini and removable sides to enjoy a salon experience on the main deck.” Albin added that Escapade’s lower saloon proved invaluable during heavy downpours in the South Pacific.
7. Form vs function- The most discussed of the Superyacht Design Symposium 2018 was legendary designer Philippe Starck’s keynote speech. After the Q&A session, he was pressed to give his view on the relationship between form and function. “We don’t need to speak about form, we just have to speak about function, that’s all,” he argued. "I have never designed anything in my life starting with the form. You have to start always with the center, which is the function.” Many of the speakers came back to this point, with Dan Lenard, co-founder of the Nuvolari-Lenard design studio, adding, "With explorer yachts, we are desperately trying to give a purpose to our yachts. Vulgarity is formed without function, the circle without the center."