Superyacht Design Symposium 2011 topics

Designing & Building a Superyacht Around the Lifestyle Specific Needs of an Owner

How does an owner succeed in briefing the designer to ensure his yacht meets all expectations?

Designing a yacht that delivers exactly what the owner wants without compromising the needs of prospective charter clients?

Ed Bosarge (Owner) and David Easton (Designer) – working together to incorporate key lifestyle needs of the Bosarge family into the interior layout and design of the iconic, 180-foot sailing yacht Marie.

Tommaso Spadolini and Achille Salvagni – the challenges of designing motoryacht Numptia, the 230-foot Rossi Navi, and how they incorporated very specific lifestyle needs of the owner into the design.

Kirk Lazarus owner of semi-custom 143-foot Benetti M/Y Told U So – the design philosophy that led to the realization of this yacht.

Managing Risk

Once the owner’s dream has been clearly expressed, how can this be transformed into reality while avoiding potential pitfalls and problems?

Peter Wilson of MCM Newport – how a project manager should represent an owner and introduce proper organisation to the build process ensuring the yacht is constructed in a fiscally responsible and businesslike manner.

Kim Franklin, specialist construction lawyer of Crown Office Chambers – tips on dispute avoidance and resolution.


How do these essential toys influence and constrain the design of a yacht and how can they be stowed and launched efficiently?

Carl Persak of Persak & Wurmfeld and Tim Heywood – 281-foot motoryacht Cakewalk‘s full beam tender bay: requirements and realisation. The overall location and styling considerations for the tender bay and the styling of the tenders themselves.

Hugo van Wieringen of Azure Naval Architects contributes to the Cakewalk case study speaking on stability, class and global structure design.

Moving Towards a Greener Yacht: Real and Ready Tools & Innovations

Developments in lithium ion technology, LED lighting, sustainable use of wood, advances in paint technology, waste reduction in the build process.

Eric Wittouck and Philippe Briand – their shared vision of 164 foot, long-range motoryacht Exuma; exploring the innovative design and the green credentials of this ground breaking yacht based on the three fundamental principles of efficiency, sustainability and robustness.

Sally Storey of Lighting Design International – the advances in LED lighting technology drawing on examples of her work lighting some of the world’s top luxury superyachts and hotels.

Horacio Bozzo of Axis Group Yacht Design presents the concept behind 144 foot luxury eco-yacht Green Voyager, designed for low-impact, long distance, comfortable cruising.

Jim Bento of Ocean Marine Yacht Center – the challenges of designing and running a ‘green’ shipyard.

Kenneth Reed of Cerion Energy – how nanotechnology can improve the efficiency and green credentials of superyachts.

The Use of Glass on Superyachts

How are the boundaries being pushed in the aesthetic and structural use of glass on superyachts?

What new technologies are currently available and how do these innovations increase the scope of using glass as a construction material?

Federico Bennewitz – 263 foot luxury motoryacht Stella Maris currently under construction with Viareggio Superyachts. The initial design concept and how they overcame the technical challenges of using glass on the main and upper decks.

Hugo van Wieringen of Azure Naval Architects – the use of glass on 289-foot M/Y project Zoza and details of a Dutch Government funded research project into how glass is used on superyachts.

Iñigo Toledo of Barracuda Yacht Design – the design philosophy behind the innovative use of glass on 105-foot S/Y Akalam.

Andrew Winch – how he has incorporated glass into his designs as both a structural and decorative material.

Jan Rozie of Yachtglass – the latest technologies in glass and the resulting implications for designers of superyachts.

Henning Fehrmann, CEO of Fehrmann – engineering solutions.

The Maritime Labour Convention - Phase II

Where are we today and what is in store for yachts of the future?

Roger Towner, Head of Seafarers Standards and Ship Registries at MCA.

Ronno Schouten of De Voogt Naval Architects presents a GA relating to MCA’s Large Yacht Code ch21

Peter Southgate of the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry – the ratification of the MLC 2006 and how to integrate the regulations for successful design.

Captain Eugene F. Sweeney, Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs for the Republic of the Marshall Islands discusses the Marshall Islands Yacht Registry’s position on what constitutes a commercial vessel.

David Weiss of Omega Architects – a designer’s view.

Refitting Superyachts

A review of trends, efficiencies and new design technologies – the challenges and possibilities.

What are the advantages of rebuilding over commissioning a new yacht: case studies.

Wayne Huizenga Jr – challenges of a recent refit project from the Rybovich Yard.

Ted McCumber of Washington Yachting Group, Robert Kertell of Robert A. Kertell International Yacht Styling and Interiors and Glade Johnson formerly of Glade Johnson Design present their experience of the total rebuild of Attessa IV, the exemplary 328-foot motoryacht recently completed by Washington Yachting Group.

Ben Harrison of Eidsgaard Design and Jukka Kaukonen of K&K Superyachts will present a case study of the award winning refit of S/Y Angel’s Share.

The Experience of Designing Beyond the Superyacht

A designer’s perspective of working on a yacht project of over 400 feet: the freedom and challenges of designing and building a pure custom built yacht with open ended budgets. A look at the regulatory environment that impacts on design. Forming working relationahips with very high profile owners.

Pascale Reymond of Reymond Langton Design and Mauro Parodi of Fincantieri discuss their experience of working on the recently launched, 439-foot motor yacht Serene.

Andrew Winch and Tim Heywood contribute with examples of their recent projects.

Innovation - Breaking Boundaries in Design

What influences great design and how could future trends impact on yacht design?

Steffen Köhl, Director of Gloal Advanced Design at Mercedes Benz, explores what influences great design and the connections between the leading design industries.

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