Six of the yachting industry’s most successful designers reflect upon words of wisdom they might impart to their younger selves or to young designers starting out in the field of yacht design.
"The forces of conservatism are strong," cautions Dickie Bannenberg of design firm Bannenberg & Rowell. Son of the late Jon Bannenberg, Dickie got his start working under the direction of the famed designer on such iconic projects as Talitha and Siran. Remaining at the forefront of creativity in design is a constant motivation, but Dickie advises against radical designs drawn for the mere sake of being different.
"A straight line is indeed the cheapest distance between two points," he notes, citing one of his father’s favourite bits of advice. Trends will evolve, "Letraset will eventually be superseded," but great, efficient and well-planned designs will remain timeless.
He pauses in retrospect, thinking of his younger self, and adds, "learning Russian would have been useful, too."