Yachts are uniquely complex vehicles. They operate at the interface of two fluids, air and water, deriving propulsion from the former and support from the latter. Both these media are subject to atmospheric effects; the wind can blow a gale or not at all, and the sea can be mirrored smooth or violently rough.
Not surprisingly, in this complex environment, many aspects of yacht design resist comprehensive mathematical analysis. Consequently, the design of a sailing yacht also straddles two media, namely art and science. Successful yachts are often artefacts of real beauty, and this is a reflection of the fact that correct analytical design can be married to the aesthetically pleasing physical form that is in line with the old maxim‘what looks right is right.’ Sailing yachts offer a broad scope for scientific investigation, presenting problems of the highest complexity, not only the fluid mechanics aspects but also the solid mechanics considerations and the complex interactions between form and weight which determine the yacht’s performance and behaviour.
The science and technology associated with the design, construction and operation of sailing yachts, along with fabrication and construction materials technology, are all advancing at a rapid rate. Yacht design is a specific field in which science and art remarkably complement each other. But mostly yacht design is about passion. A passion for sailing, for meticulous art or maybe elegant architecture, yacht design is a field that can fulfil all of them.
Contemporary luxury yachts are rarely used just for its function to transport you from one place to another. They are mostly about adventure and retreat, an ultimate experience, that no other form of transportation can offer.
The yacht design industry is one of the oldest, and in these many years, numerous things have been thoroughly thought through. For this reason, it is usually not a good idea to start your design from scratch, because in the yacht industry most of all, you are faced with constraints that you need to realize before you start designing a yacht.
That is why it is essential that, before starting to design a yacht, the owners sit down with their designer, their captain, and their crew to establish what exactly they want with their yacht. We enjoy the process of listening to our clients and try to build the exact thing they want.
Because of the previously mentioned constraints that all yacht designers are facing, we need to present the clients with many hulls to give the designer and the general client dimensions. Yacht designers usually take a yacht that has excellent sailing capabilities and a lot of space to manage. When the client picks the overall dimensions, we can begin with planning the hull, and from there we can start with the general arrangement.
Establishing the general arrangement of yacht design is one of the most essential and most vital parts of the design process. We move on to develop an excellent deck plan that goes perfectly in hand with propulsion arrangement and hull size.
Yacht design process:
–exterior side view / longitudinal section
–hull and deck design
–hydrostatic and stability
-high-speed hydrodynamics (if it is planning boat)
–propulsion and engine design
–finite element analysis
–updating data from the beginning
All of these areas dictate a proper focus and dedication from a designer. He has to perform optimally to achieve design perfection.
At our design studio, we are aware that yachting needs to be a relaxing experience on every step, so we strive to design yachts with the least possible stairs, which are comfortable to use. We also adore interiors that are innovative in the arrangement and unique details.
Just as it is brave for a researcher to go on expeditions, so it is brave for a yacht designer to design a yacht.
Yacht designers usually have different backgrounds, and it is the passion that brings them to the yacht design field. The same principle formed Kreatif Design. We specialize in industrial design and interior design. Our emphasis is on combining those fields to create useful and aesthetically perfected yachts, even for those who care about design and perfection more than the average person.
A yacht designer usually concerns himself with certain restrictions coming from the fact that you are dealing with designing a fun, comfortable, and uniquely beautiful vehicle that will also serve as a form of transportation on the sea, lake or river.
Our founder Andrej Kregar started his career as a yacht designer and has gained many valuable experiences during that time. He had endeavoured in large design projects such as the design concept for an Ocean class 57. Beside more significant projects, he carried out also some small tasks on some already finished projects such as the design of the canopy for the Shipman 59 and the interior design for the Greenline 33 model. He possesses knowledge from other fields, such as smaller product industrial design, interior design, architecture, and many more. He knows how to masterfully intertwine these fields into an aesthetically and functionally pleasing product.
Experience is most important when being a yacht designer and at our studio, we strive for new knowledge and projects that will bring us just that. We love starting new projects with our clients, and we begin by listening to the very carefully to what the client is saying and wishing for.
Being a yacht designer doesn’t just mean designing the exterior, interior, hull, deck, propulsion and just blindly following every wish of the client and not making sure it will work. It is a fascinating process of meticulously combining different fields such as interior design, industrial design, architecture, etc. A yacht designer must also focus on looking at each part of the yacht both separately, and as a part of an active working unit, and make sure that they will work harmoniously.
We take great pleasure in this process of designing because it is in part science and is in part art. It is an exquisite field that can satisfy both the artist and the scientist/architect/engineer in you.
SAILING YACHT DESIGN
Sailing yacht design is an area that differs quite a bit from a motor yacht design. There are certain different restrictions that you need to reconcile to make an excellent sailing yacht. The same as a motor yacht, leisure sailing yacht needs to be comfortable, functional, fun, and spacious.
Deep space on board allows sailing with large crews. Every yacht designer believes that, in addition to clearly structured workspaces, modern yachts usually should also offer large areas for socializing on board – both on and below deck. Besides, a lot of natural light in the cabins makes life on board more pleasant, and yacht designers must make this happen. In sailing yacht design, it is vital to create spacious, functional spaces that complement each other very well.
Sailing yacht design process:
–exterior side view / longitudinal section
–hull and deck design
–hydrostatic and stability
–aerodynamics & rigging
–the hydrodynamics of hull, keel, and rudder
–dynamic behaviour of sailing yachts in waves
–materials in construction
–structural design of hull elements
A good yacht designer strives to make sailing yachts spacious, prudent and luxurious. Our interior designs of a sailing yacht match the functionality, spaciousness, and comfort of our yacht designs.
YACHT INTERIOR DESIGN
For costumers, the interior of a yacht is usually just as important or sometimes even more important than the exterior. This process demands the same amount of time and dedication as the design of the yacht’s exterior.
It is vital for a yacht designer to make the rooms spacious, functional and safe. Any yacht designer will probably want to make the interior as comfortable but also luxuriously elegant; a combination that will with no doubt create positive energy.
It is crucial that the interior looks and feels comfortable, cosy and relaxing. The only way to achieve this is by combining elegance, aesthetic perfection, and functionality. It is a unique skill that not many possess, and it is an admirable virtue that many would envy. Combining functionality and aesthetic beauty creates the best possible design solution, leaving the customer thrilled, and the designer inspired and proud.
Yacht design should be done with passion or not at all – it is a field that requires a lot of patience, knowledge, and skill. Yacht design is, without a doubt, the most complex and yet the most artful field of design.
For our customers, it is a form of communicating your style and belief to the world through your favourite type of transport. It is about lifestyle and adventure.
At our studio, we are excited to begin such adventures with our clients and are here to help them on their path to achieving their dream. Nothing makes us prouder than a beautiful new yacht design that excites and inspires everyone- us as designers, the client, and anyone seeing it.
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