Young Designer of the Year Competition 2015

Dated: 25th July 2014 – Amendments from Version 1 are shown in RED.



The Young Designer of the Year competition is open to designers who will be younger than 26 years old (i.e. currently 25 years old and not yet turned 26) on the 1st January 2015. In creating a design, competitors may work alone or as a team of two persons, but in the latter case please note that each member of the team must meet the age criteria.


The winning entry will receive a cash prize of €5,000. The five finalist entries selected by the judges will be invited on an all-expenses paid visit to the Oceanco shipyard in The Netherlands.


The event will be judged on the 19th January 2014 by a Jury consisting of internationally known yacht designers, after which the five finalists will be announced. The €5,000 prize will be presented to the winner during the Showboats Design Awards prize giving in Kitzbuhel, Austria on the 23rd February 2014. Please note that decisions made by the organising authority and the Judging Panel are final and cannot be contested.

The Task

This document outlines the task. Following the completion of the ‘Expression of Interest’ form on the event web site (http://showboatsdesignawards.com/young-designer/ ) you will be able to download the ‘Concept drawing’ from this website while an ACAD document defining the lines of the hull, and a IGES file suitable for importation into Rhino or other 3D marine design programs will be made available to you after you have registered your interest in competing. These files will form your starting point for the design task.

Should it be necessary to make any amendments to the text of The Task (which is found below) we will send a notification to all those who have completed the ‘Registration of Interest’ form.

Understanding the Task

This is the key to a successful entry and one which has, in the past, been the most serious pitfall for contestants. 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 Task

The Setting

You have graduated as a yacht designer and you are currently working as a junior designer in a superyacht design studio with the highest reputation for the design of sailing yachts. You are given an initial concept drawing for a 55-metre sailing yacht by your studio’s Head of Design, who informs you that this is to become a fully thought-out design that will be proposed to interested clients at the upcoming yacht shows by the head of your Design Studio. When completed this design will, of course, include details of the sail plan, the design of the deckhouse (or deckhouses), and a complete general arrangement plan for the cockpits and all enclosed spaces. The project interests you as it looks to be an attractive yacht, and when you naively ask who will be completing the design you are told that this task will fall to you - possibly aided by one other studio member of your choice. You are advised to do some research on sail control systems for large yacht before commencing your design, as the needs of these must be compatible with your deck design.

The Outline Brief

Naturally, there are guidelines to assist you in completing the task, and these are explained to you by the Head of Design.

Hull Lines

The starting point for your design is to be found in the ACAD file ‘Basic concept drawing v2.dwg’ and the Rhino-friendly IGES file ‘1410-121-02.igs’ which you will be able to download. In the IGES file, you will find two sets of hull lines, which give you the opportunity to shape your own transom should you require to do so: The ‘Hullstrook’ lines define the hull shape for the full length of the hull terminating in a straight transom. The ‘Sub_Hull’ lines provide the same hull shape but cut to the transom, as shown in the profile view. For ease of reference, you will also be able to download the pdf file ‘Basic concept drawing v2.pdf’.

The shape of the bow and transom can be modified to your own ideas.

The lifting keel shown in the Basic Concept Drawing cannot be changed in either its shape or position.

The rudder shape and location is for you to design.

The freeboard height and the sheerline altered to suit your design.

Exterior Design Guidelines

This is to be a comfortable, high performance world cruising yacht.

The yachts should be suitable for expeditions and exploring with 10 guests.

The exterior styling should be modern, and can be anything from ‘Futuristic’ to ‘Contemporary with brilliant new ideas’.

The yacht should have a ketch rig (with the aftermost mast lower than the main mast) and be able to pass through the Panama Canal, which has a air draft clearance of 62.5-metres.

The roach (the curvature of the aft side of the sail) on the main and mizzen are free for you to design, but they need to be suitable for cruising as well as the occasional race.

The cockpit should offer dining for 10 guests, be protected from the elements to some degree, and have the ability to be shaded from the sun.

The deck should feature relaxation and sunbathing areas for the guests.

The design is to feature dual helm stations with excellent all-round visibility.

There should be under deck storage for two tenders, one of 7-metres. and the other of 5-meters in length (each with proportional beam).

Your design should indicate how the anchoring system will operate, but you are not required to design this in detail.

Your design should include a retractable swimming platform and a platform from which tenders may be boarded.

Interior Design Guidelines

The styling of the interior should be appropriate for the exterior styling of the yacht.

The deckhouse is to contain a control and navigation panel, together with an inside steering station.

The interior layout for guest areas is to include an owners’ suite that incorporates an owners study and bathroom; an area with good exterior views in which guests can relax, a day head; a family lounge to suit the needs of the children who range from the ages of 4 to 14; a formal dining area, and four equally-sized, ensuite guest cabins.

Comfortable accommodation must be provided for 8 crew in 4 or 5 cabins, together with a crew mess and a captain’s office. These should all comply with the IMO requirements laid down in the Maritime Labour Convention.

The service areas must include a galley and a laundry, both of which should be appropriately sized to meet the needs of guests and crew.

There should be ample refrigerated and freezer storage consistent with the yacht’s long range cruising mission.You are not required to lay out the machinery within the engine room, but you should nevertheless position this compartment within your general arrangement. It should occupy the full beam of the yacht for 5.5-metres fore and aft, have full headroom for most of its floor plan, and be positioned in the region of amidships. It must be accessible from both the crew area and from the deck.

Additional Facilities

You should also incorporate any specialist rooms or areas which, in your experience, are necessary or desirable for a yacht whose role is long range cruising.

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 and sail plan from angles that clearly illustrate her shape and exterior features.

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

Page 4. Design Development sketches preferably created by hand, a mood board for exterior and interior areas, and any other information that you feel that the Judges should be aware of.

Completion Date

Your design must be submitted by 12.00pm on the 9th January 2015 (London time) at the very latest using the email address:

E: youngdesigner@boatinternationalmedia.com with a copy to E: holly.lunn@boatinternationalmedia.com


The entries will be judged ON 19th January 2015, 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 Austria on the 23rd February, 2015.

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

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