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Young Designer of the Year Award 2017
Young Designer of the Year Award 2017

Young Designer of the Year Award 2017

Sponsored by: OCEANCO

The Young Designer of the Year Award 2017 task

The key to a successful entry is understanding the task. Misunderstandings have provided the most serious pitfalls for contestants. Please read the text very thoroughly before starting work. Should there be any item that you do not fully understand, please email your query to YoungDesignerOfTheYear@boatinternationalmedia.com and we will be most happy to clarify it for you.


You have been employed in a yacht design studio for the last six-months. Two major yacht design projects, both involving exterior styling, layout and interior design, are nearing completion, while a third yacht is still in its preliminary design phase.

This third design, for a yacht of 80-metres LOA, is behind schedule. The first styling proposals were not to the owner’s taste and were rejected. At the same time, the owner is still not completely convinced about the appearance of the yacht’s two tenders, which he feels should complement the exterior styling of the yacht. He also wants absolute confirmation that sufficient garage space has been allocated to these craft, while leaving room for the proper stowage of the remaining water sports equipment.

Oceanco, the shipyard that will build the yacht, had based their initial price quotation on an existing hull and machinery design. They are very keen that no alteration is made to the garage space allocated in this design as the costs involved with changing this would be large, and this may discourage the owner from signing a final contract.

To add to the pressure of your design office, both the owner and Oceanco are pressing for a quick resolution of these matters.

The lead designer for the 80-metre - now faced with a complete rethink of the existing exterior styling of the yacht, together with the styling of the two tenders and the proof that these will comfortably fit into the existing garage design - is suffering a serious work overload. He is looking for some urgent help, and he is looking in your direction.

Your Task

As he approaches your work station, you can sense by his serious appearance that you are going to be asked to start the most important design task that you have ever undertaken – and you are right.

When he opens the conversation with the words ‘I have a really important job for you’, it’s clear that the application that you are currently drafting for an extended summer break on a Greek beach can be binned, but any disappointment swiftly disappears when you realise that this will be your biggest career opportunity to date.

‘What I would like you to do is this’ he says, and knowing of his impatience with people who don’t listen to the task, you pay particular attention as he outlines three separate, but connected, tasks.

First Requirement

I want you to present your ideas for the exterior styling of a modern and supremely elegant 80-metre yacht. Don’t even look at the styling that has already been submitted – he doesn’t like it – so I want some new ideas from you.

These have to be presented as sketches, either by hand or using a CAD program. You should show the yacht’s profile in one drawing, and up to three additional drawings should show the deck detail from different angles.

Remember, the owner wants an elegant yacht with a low-profile – not an apartment block – so your design should be restricted to one with accommodation spaces on the main and upper decks, above which is a sun deck. I should also mention that he likes large deck areas, each with a distinct function.

Lets see what you can make of this but, in the first instance, do make sure that all your final sketches, together with a few smaller ones that you might have rejected in arriving at your final design, (you never know, he might like these more than your finished design!) can be adequately presented on a single A-3 sheet, as this is the owner’s preference.

Second Requirement

I would like you to design the first of the two tenders which, while being as large as possible, must fit into the garage space shown on the Oceanco drawings. The requirements for this tender are:

Tender 1

  • This is to be a ‘Limousine Tender’ whose main purpose is to ferry 8 guests to the shore - or to other yachts - in complete comfort and safety, while providing the option of enclosed protection from the weather.
  • This high-speed tender will be operated by at least two crew members. The tender is to be powered by a pair of Volvo Duoprop D6-6400/DP Sterndrive engines, the dimensions of which can be found online. They will, of course, need to be positioned in a suitably sized engine compartment to take these engine with suitable access for servicing, adequate fuel tanks.
  • The owner has also requested that this tender be fitted with a head (toilet) for guest’s use, but this need not have full standing headroom.
  • Another design aspect that should consider is how the guests will board and disembark the tender with ease and safety.
  • There is no intention to beach this tender which, while in use, will dock against the bathing platform or side boarding ladder of it’s mother ship, or the equivalent facilities on other yachts. When landing guests ashore it will use the usual marina or quayside facilities.
  • The tender is loaded into the mother ship’s garage by means of two beam-cranes that are transversely positioned across the garage. Make sure that your tender will fit into the garage without dismantling any of its superstructure.
  • And, of course, it should be elegant, and match the exterior style of the mother ship.

Third Requirement

I would also like you to design the second of the two tenders which, while being as large as possible, must fit into the garage space shown on the Oceanco drawings.

Tender 2 is to be a ‘General Use Tender’, with the following uses:

  • As a safety boat during watersports activity
  • As a fishing boat for guests use
  • As an ‘explorer’ capable of day-long (but not overnight) absence from the mother ship
  • It should be equally capable of ferrying barbecue gear ashore and for landing guests on a beach in the easiest and safest fashion. While it’s appearance and style should bear resemblance to its mother yacht, this aspect should not interfere with its primary requirements as a general purpose craft. For ease of maintenance, it must have the same engine package as the Limousine tender.

Fourth Requirement

Lastly, you must demonstrate that these tenders, plus the larger items of watersports equipment, fit into the available garage space. The drawings showing the dimensions of this area will be given to you in the form of a CAD file.

Remember, for ease of crew movement around the garage, there must be a walkway at least 45cms wide around the tenders, an escape route of the same dimension from any point in the garage to the exit doors shown on the drawings, and easy access to the sailing dinghies and jet-skis described below.

You will need to provide your own general arrangement drawings to show:

  • How the two tenders described above will fit into the garage, along with two Laser sailing dinghies (which can be stacked or stowed on their sides) and three jet-skis
  • Details of the sailing dinghies can be found online
  • Details of the Jet-Skis can be found online too
  • While you need not design the launching gear for these craft, you should make sketches to indicate how they will be launched.

Presentation of Your Design

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

  • Page 1. Hand-drawn ‘design-development’ sketches and/or computer-generated graphics showing your proposals for the exterior styling of the 80-metre yacht. These should clearly indicate important aspects of the exterior styling and layout of the deck areas from a variety of angles
  • Page 2. Hand drawn ‘design-development’ sketches and/or computer-generated graphics of the exterior and interior of the ‘Limousine Tender’, together with a general arrangement plan showing the layout of the interior and deck areas
  • Page 3. Hand drawn ‘design-development’ sketches and/or computer-generated graphics of the ‘General Purpose Tender’, together with a general arrangement plan showing its layout
  • Page 4. Hand drawn ‘design-development’ sketches showing the stowage arrangements of two tenders in the garage and the method by which they are lifted and launched by the beam cranes. In addition you should provide a general arrangement plan of the garage that clearly indicates the stowed position of the tenders and the other water sports gear.

The Visuals required on pages 1 to 3 above may range from hand drawings through to 3-D computerized renderings made on Rhino or similar design programs. There will be no particular benefit given to computer-based presentations over hand drawings, but the jury will place significant value on the hand drawn ‘design development’ sketches required on page 4. In the event that you choose to provide computer-generated graphics on pages 1 to 3, your ability to sketch by hand must be demonstrated on page 4.

Three final things:

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