Young Designer of the Year Competition 2014

Young Designer of the Year Competition - 2014


The aim of the event is to celebrate the best of superyacht design from the boards of student and trainee designers. The competition has been designed to relate to a realistic client request in order to provide valuable practice and experience for a young designer. The result should not just be a styling exercise but a practical ‘outline design’ that is able to deliver a lifestyle appropriate to a superyacht, while the design itself, given further technical and design effort, should be possible to build.

Qualification for Entry

Entries are invited from current students of yacht design and practicing yacht designers aged under 25 on the 1st January 2014. Entries may be submitted by individuals or by teams of up to two individuals, in which case all members of the team must meet the above entry requirements. The judges reserve the right to reject any entry that does not fully meet the requirements of the task.

Judging Schedule

The entries will be judged by an international team of elite superyacht designers. Following the meeting of the judges, a list of Finalists will be posted on the event web site and the Winner will be announced at the prestigious ShowBoats Design Awards gala evening, when the winner will be presented with the award.

Registration of Interest and Closing Date for 2014 Competition

Entries are now open. Interested entrants must first register their interest in participating online here. Following registration, you will receive an email confirmation of your registration and a link to download the AutoCAD file that you will require.

Entries must be received by 12.00pm on the 9th January, 2014 (London time).


The winning designer will receive a golden Neptune Trophy and a cash prize of €5,000.
The five finalists will benefit from a host of incredible opportunities aimed at advancing their early design careers, including complimentary access to the next edition of the Superyacht Design Symposium, an all- expenses paid trip to visit major shipyard and the opportunity to attend the prize giving ceremony held during the Symposium.

A further discretionary prize, awarded to the highest ranked student of yacht design, will be a two-week work experience attachment in an established yacht design office.

How to Submit Your Entry

Firstly, please register your interest in entering the competition by filling in the online registration form. Entries are to follow the guidelines given in The Task and are to be submitted or by email or online file transfer. They should be accompanied by a CV.

Entries should be submitted to both youngdesigner@boatinternationalmedia.com and holly.lunn@boatinternationalmedia.com.

If you choose to submit your entry by file transfer, please email both of the above to confirm that your entry is on its way.

The Task


All the information that you will require to complete the task is to be found on this page, and the AutoCAD download will be available to you following your completion of the Registration of Interest form on the event website. Should it be necessary to make any amendments to the text of The Task (found below), we will send a notification to all those who have completed the Registration of Interest form. Should you have any queries regarding the event please contact Holly Lunn.

Understanding The Task

This is key to a successful design. Please read the text thoroughly before starting work. Should there be any item that you do not fully understand, please email your query to youngdesigner@boatinternationalmedia.com and we will be happy to clarify it for you.

The Setting

You are a design team leader in a superyacht design studio with a strong reputation for creating elegant exterior styling that blends perfectly with the interior layout. You are asked to sit in on a meeting with a potential client, whose name should not be disclosed. The client is present with his anticipated builder. You are told by your studio’s Head of Design that it will be you, possibly aided by one other studio member of your choice, who will be carrying out the initial design that incorporates the owner’s requests detailed below.

The Meeting

Being a fan of classical music, you recognise the client immediately as an internationally renowned conductor. Having arrived at the meeting with a representative of his intended builder, the client explains that he has always loved being on the water, but up to now has only owned river craft because his wife who, like him, wishes to explore the world on a superyacht, has been prevented from doing so because she suffers from motion sickness.

Recently, the client explains, he read some promotional material regarding a very unusual 65-metre commercial vessel whose advanced hull design provides much improved sea-keeping and considerably less motion when compared with a monohull. The client contacted the yard who built the craft and was invited on a sea-trial with his wife. To his joy and surprise, his wife thoroughly enjoyed the experience despite the poor weather conditions, and they now wish to explore the possibility of creating a luxury yacht based on this same hull. It would be used for long distance cruising and exploring, in all climates from tropical to polar.

The Hull

This hull is known by its builders and designers as a SWATH – an acronym for Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull – which is described in some detail on the Wikipedia web site ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small-waterplane-area_twin_hull) which you should study. Obviously, the owners would like their yacht to be considerably more attractive than the commercial vessel, the AutoCAD drawings and general arrangement plans of which are available to us. The client goes on to list his requirements for the yacht and you take the following notes:

Summary of the Client’s Requests

a. The yacht’s exterior should be classically elegant.

b. The client will cruise with his family – one son and a daughter, who are both married with two

children each. The yacht should therefore be supremely child-friendly and have the following accommodation:

• 1 x large master cabin with double bed, sizeable walk-in wardrobes and two bathrooms, the client’s with a shower and his wife’s with a bath.

• 2 x cabins with a double bed.

• 2 x children’s cabins, each with two single beds and an additional Pullman berth, adjacent to and 
interconnected with the double cabins above.

• 1 x VIP guest cabin.

• 1 x two-berth sick bay. 

In addition, the interior should include:

• An interior dining area.

• A private owner’s lounge.

• A family lounge.

• A separate lounge to suit the needs of the children who range from the ages of four to fourteen.

 On the open decks, the owner requires large spaces incorporating convivial dining and lounging areas. Easy access to the water and tenders is a necessity, as are features that will amuse the grand-children. As the vessel will occasionally cruise in high latitudes, a proportion of these areas should be able to be protected from adverse weather.

d. Following the incorporation of the above features, should sufficient space remain, the owner would like what he describes as ‘Spa Facilities’ but did not specify exactly what he wanted, leaving us to propose and incorporate a range of possible features into the initial design.

e. There is no requirement for helicopter landing or support facilities.

Interior Design

The owner has requested a modern, simple, elegant and comfortable style of interior decoration that matches the exterior design of the yacht. You have no need to create this in detail, but you should submit design ideas for the family saloon, the master stateroom and one of the children’s cabins.

Crew Areas

Crew and service facilities should be appropriately sized to meet the requirements of MLC 2006. They should include:

• 1 x crew mess.

• Cabins for 19 crew as follows: Seven double bunked cabins and three cabins for officers, each with a 
double bed. (This number excludes the Captain’s cabin, which must be located adjacent to the 
bridge and must incorporate a double bed).

• 1 x ship’s office.

• 1 x Crew television room.

• 1 x Crew gymnasium.

• 1 x galley.

• 1 x adequately sized laundry and linen store.

• 1 x Long term dry store.

• 1 x Bonded store.

• 1 x Long term refrigerated/freezer room.

• 1 x diving equipment store and air bottle refilling room.

• Service pantries on each deck.

• A separate crew stairwell to give crew access to all pantries and decks without entering areas 
reserved for the owner and his guests.

Tenders and Toys

The owner would like appropriately sized tenders. As many as possible should be housed in enclosed ‘garages’, which will be used for the following functions:

• One ‘dress tender’ for delivering guests to the shore with full protection from the elements.

• One ‘sports tender’ capable of carrying diving gear and towing skiers.

• One ‘rescue/safety tender’.

• One ‘crew tender’.

• Two jetskis.

Note: There is no requirement to design these tenders, but you may sketch them if you wish. 

Technical Limitations

• Areas below the main deck (deck 4) are all technical spaces and may not be used for owner, crew or 
service areas. Disregard them for the purposes of your design.

• Access routes to tenders or the water must not penetrate the technical areas below the main deck.

• You are able to redesign the entire superstructure, (deck four upwards) but, because SWATH hulls 
are highly sensitive to both athwartships and fore and aft trim, it is imperative that your new superstructure has the same centre of volume as the currently designed superstructure. The centre of volume is marked with a cross on the elevation drawing in the General Arrangement plan.

• In your new design you are permitted to create the number of decks consistent with your task but you should not exceed the number of decks shown on the drawings of the original pilot vessel.

• You may modify the bow and stern lines slightly in order to adapt them to your overall design, but you may not otherwise modify the given lines of the hull.

Submission of your Design

Your design should meet the above requirements and is to be submitted in a single Adobe pdf document containing a maximum of four A3-sized pages laid out as follows:

• Page 1. A general arrangement plan clearly showing your proposals for the interior layout, together with a table showing the floor areas allocated to each of the areas required above by the owner.

• Page 2. Renderings of the yacht’s exterior from key angles clearly illustrating her shape and exterior features.

• Page 3. Renderings of the yacht’s family saloon, master cabin and one of the children’s cabins, clearly showing your proposed interior design style.

• Page 4. Design Development sketches and any other information that you feel that the Judges should be aware of.

Completion Date

The next client meeting, when the outline design will be presented, will be on the 11th January but your design must be submitted to the head designer by 12.00pm on the 9th January 2014 (London time) at the very latest.

Please submit your completed design by email to youngdesigner@boatinternationalmedia.com with a copy to holly.lunn@boatinternationalmedia.com.

The event will be judged on the 20th January 2014, after which the five finalists will be announced. The Neptune Trophy will be presented to the winner during the Showboats Design Awards prize giving in Wattens, Austria on the 25th February, 2014 and the prize money will be wired the following week.

Please note that decisions made by the organising authority and the Judging Panel are final and cannot be contested. 

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