Superyacht Design Symposium

This symposium is a well established event on the superyacht calendar, which draws some of the biggest names in the industry to debate and deliberate over hot topics in superyacht design.

Owners, designers, builders and project managers convene in Palm Beach each October for two days of debate and discussion on pre-determined topics which are presented by experts in their fields, or fielded by a panel.

The event is an unparalleled platform for networking and sharing knowledge, ideas and innovations with some of the superyacht industry’s most influential figures. The dynamic yet intimate format of the event facilitates introductions and the first class social programme provides an ideal opportunity to network and cultivate new relationships.


The upcoming symposium

24 and 25 October 2011, Palm Beach, Florida

The programme for the fourth annual symposium is being finalised, but with an eye on keeping updated with key issues.

Speakers this year will include design luminaries such as Andrew Winch who will talk about the use of glass on superyachts, and a representative of Marshall Islands Registry who will discuss MLO/MLC regulations.

This will be followed by a panel discussion on the advantages of refit versus new build, chaired by Nigel Campbell. Case studies will include Attessa IV, presented by Robert Kertell of Glade Johnson Design.

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?

Designing and 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.

Moving towards a greener yacht: real and ready tools and innovations
Developments in lithium ion technology, LED lighting, sustainable use of wood, advances in paint technology, and waste reduction in the build process.

How do these essential toys influence and constrain the design of a yacht?

The Maritime Labour Convention – Phase II

Where are we today? What might a best and worst case scenario look like for a yacht of the future?

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? Plus case studies.

Innovation – breaking boundaries in design
What influences great design and how could future trends impact on yacht design?

The experience of designing a gigayacht
A designer’s perspective of working on a yacht project of over 130 metres.

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