Design Process

The correct designer can transform an owner's dream into an exquisite, unique yacht by imagining freedom from their perception, what excites, moves and captures their imagination and what drives his or her spirit.

Designing your superyacht dream

The magic ingredients to any superyacht build will be the meeting of minds, identification and a sprinkle of gold dust.

Designing your dreams

The correct designer can transform an owner's dream into an exquisite, unique yacht by imagining freedom from their perception, what excites, moves and captures their imagination and what drives his or her spirit.

© M/Y Symphony by Raphael Laloux

The magic ingredients to any build will be the meeting of minds, identification and a sprinkle of gold dust. Otherwise it simply becomes a commercial process of elimination.

Our advice is to meet as many people as time will allow before making any decisions on your supporting cast. By working with a designer you should find that possibilities are opened up to you, thoughts, concepts and exciting risks that you had not even comprehended should be floated past your eyes. An excellent designer will extract dreams from you and turn that into a product that astounds you. 

Innovation needs dialogue

If explorer yachts, green yachts or iconic sailing yachts like the Maltese Falcon are your thing, then this can be done. Innovation needs dialogue, partnership and working together to solve problems. It's critical to be open to each others’ perspectives. However, many designers accept the status quo, and will lean towards standard design. They may urge you to be part of a school of yachts modelled on the same concept. This choice is up to you.

There is a new generation of designers out there. SYOG has investigated and found that more than ever before owners are fondly working with their home property interior designers. The creative rapport which enables the progression from house to superyacht also allows the designer to suggest a palette of eclectic ideas which may have been dismissed if suggested by a less familiar face.

There are a new generation of designers

A good designer

A good designer will consider the way the owner feels and thinks about space. How feelings about superyacht spaces are affected by the sense of time and occasion. They should suggest that the superyacht itself represents place, a form of security and a space for freedom: we are attached to one and long for the other. Whether they are considering sacred versus ‘biased’ space, mythical space and place, time in experiential space or cultural attachments to space, your designer should bring thoughtful insight to the journey.

I ensure that my design nurtures and expresses the owner’s wishes by capturing their vision of comfort, freedom and style by listening, listening and listening to the owner. This cannot be emphasised and expressed enough. Then, once you have listened, listen some more. Only then, once they see you have really taken this on board can you start to let them see your ideas unfold.

Diana Scott of Sterling Scott Yacht Designs

The journey and the considerations taken during the design process are varied, starting with a great deal of fleeting inspiration and sketching out of ideas. Time is then spent changing the balances until the design works. Then, once the look has captivated its audience, the general arrangement takes shape which will follow the path of an owner’s wish list.

This general arrangement will undergo many revisions and there will usually be a 3D rendering and presentation phase detailing the specification. This is the time to action any changes and to make sure all parties, including the build partners are completely happy with the design proposal. Only then will it go to build phase. After a thoroughly monitored build process, the yacht is delivered and the owner's dream will have become reality.

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