First pictures: Darnet interiors for VSY yacht Project 003
by Chris Jefferies
The French studio will be creating warm and cosy interiors to complement Espen Øino’s exterior design. These new images were released six months after VSY Project 003 was sold by brokerage firm Thompson, Westwood & White Yachts.
Founder Franck Darnet said: “We face the rewarding challenge of fulfilling the owners’ vision over nearly 500 square metres of interior space and taking the outcome around the world.” He added that the general arrangement will feature six suites, including an owner’s cabin with panoramic views out to sea and an aft-facing skylounge that will also boast uninterrupted vistas thanks to its minimal structural design.
Darnet describes the interior décor as “warm contemporary”, using textured leather panels and honed marble to create a cosy atmosphere. The woodwork will feature walnut and high-gloss elm, while metal inserts will be made from stainless steel and brushed nickel. Accommodation is for 12 guests, while the crew quarters have been designed for a staff of up to 16 people.
With less than 24 months until the planned delivery date, the studio has already agreed upon a key design motif — the raised decorative panels and metal inserts draw their inspiration from coral reefs. Project 003 will also feature a bulbous bow for better seakeeping in rough conditions, with naval architecture created by British studio Laurent Giles.
Other key features on board this VSY superyacht will include a bridge deck gymnasium and a 12-person dive centre on the lower deck. Meanwhile, the superyacht sundeck will feature an infinity pool, fire pit and separate bar area.
Power will come from a pair of 2,682hp Caterpillar 3516B engines for an estimated top speed of 17 knots, while the total fuel capacity of 163,000 litres should allow for a globetrotting maximum range of 5,200 nautical miles at 12 knots.