CANNES YACHTING FESTIVAL,
CANNES, 7 SEPTEMBER 2022
The trend is to live on board informally and outdoor areas are increasingly required as well as large windows offering commanding views.
We asked three designers - Horacio Bozzo, Sergio Cutolo and Francesco Paszkowski - To share with us their thoughts on yacht design trends.
New trends for the future of yacht design are currently focusing on reconnecting with the surrounding environment and spending more time closer to the sea. Beach-clubs with folding balconies or drop-down shells as the latest recreational areas, alfresco gyms where training while enjoying a panoramic view, dip or countercurrent pools on different decks which create a social set-up, an extensive use of glass with floorto-ceiling windows, decks and pools for the owner private use, straight bows, sustainable materials for interior decoration, entertainment devices and connectivity gadgets can outline the yachts of the future.
More and more often I happen to see proposals of extreme exterior yacht design where the ship is almost distorted by its definition to become a simple design object. What I find, however, is that almost always these proposals turn out to be provocations and remain such as constructively unachievable. In my vision, however, I like to emphasize the importance of a ‘functional design’, which takes up the concepts of the Bauhaus of the early 1900s: Trying to match the shape with the function of the object, finding a balance between the useful and the beautiful and thus satisfying specific Owner’s needs and requirements. An example of this is motoryacht Acala, a 43meter recently built with CdM. Its construction was the result of an innovative design aimed at specific needs of the Owner and his family. Today we are all witnessing the many social events that have changed our daily habits and these aspects are also found in the yachting industry. Looking to the future I notice that the trend is to live life on board in a more informal way, where outdoor areas are increasingly required, in close contact with sea and nature. Here we go back with the concept of functional design, which correlated with that of innovation, are a stimulus for me to try to give efficient answers to Yacht Owners through the search for new ideas, systems, materials and with a sensitivity to what surrounds us.
It has been a long way since the first Darwin 86’ has been launched back in 2011. In all these years the Explorer concept evolved without loosing focus on the main characteristics that clients are looking for, which include high volumes, excellent seakeeping, long range as a consequence of high fuel capacity in connection with low fuel consumption, huge space for toys or, in general, for Owner equipment. In this regard, all these tendencies are present on all modern explorers and are among the basic requests of new clients approaching the world of explorer yachts. With Flexplorer we have seen a huge improvement in the handling of huge tenders thanks to the A-Frame concept. This has introduced also a new element, which is the flexibility of all the external spaces, which can be used to carry tenders on long passages or to entertain guests when the tenders are in the water. Concerning design, what we have observed recently is that the reversed wheelhouse windows are still an eyecatching element which makes explorer yachts easy recognizable. One more element, which represent an evolution in regard to the origin of the explorer, is the fact the windows size is now a very important factor for most of the clients, since the explorer yachts are used at different latitudes where climate can make external areas less usable. Finally, the trend initiated with the flexplorer series, with a long aft deck used to store huge tenders, has created the need to concentrate superstructure volumes in the forward area of the yacht, even adding an extra deck for the wheelhouse and therefore using the upper deck as a private Owner area with the cabin facing forward.