The search for beauty
This is the first ‘raison d’etre’ for our profession.
Beauty refers to both the appearance and the soul, whether it be a person or a yacht. A yacht protects us, she is a trusted partner; her performance, her movement give her soul and this is her beauty.
We believe in a holistic approach to yacht design.
First come the hull shapes; the DNA, the body of the boat, the essence. The hull design is rooted in the past but reaches into the future with the science of fluids, of water and air – but naval architecture is also a combination of an aesthetic culture, rich in the lines of yachts past and present, in references from art and science.
Second we consider the shape of the living space. The designer must develop the space and its relationship to the outside, which we see through large areas of glass. We must work with this transparency to the outside and combine it with a safe structure to create this living space on the water.
In third, there is the coherence of the compromise. A boat can be just a hull – the epitome is the J Class, the most elegant of yachts. Or a boat can be just a living space on a platform on the water – the archetype is the modern catamaran.
The soul of the yacht resides in the priority, the relative proportions we give to these two features and the coherence with which we combine them. If the living space, the superstructure is important, then we must diffuse the lines of the hull into the superstructure so that the whole yacht can remain an expression of beauty.
The beauty is when the invisible meets the visible.