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Designing crew quarters aboard superyachts

Designing crew quarters aboard superyachts

While traditional ‘white yachts’ typically can’t offer the sort of bonus crew space found on an expedition yacht, several new projects feature innovative owner and guest accommodations that benefit their crew areas in major ways.

Take, for example, Trinity’s 60.3m Areti. On this new launch, the owner’s suite is on the upper deck, where the wheelhouse would be on most yachts of this size. The wheelhouse was moved to the main deck, but raised a few feet above deck level for a better view of the waters ahead. This enabled Trinity’s designers to fit a unique ‘crew upper loft’ deck beneath the wheelhouse and above the lower deck.

The loft area is fitted out with six spacious, double-bed crew cabins that share three heads on the deck below. Her lower deck has two additional bunkrooms with en suite heads, a large laundry and an extra-large crew mess.

‘Trinity’s position on crew,’ Smith says, ‘is that if you have a good crew you are yachting, and if you have a bad crew you are boating – and there’s an enormous difference.’

Even on motor yachts that place both guest and crew quarters on the lower deck, some designers and shipyards are coming up with ergonomic and efficient areas for the crew. The second Picchiotti Vitruvius motor yacht, the 55.8m Galileo G, designed by Philippe Briand in collaboration the Vitruvius team, is a good example. Galileo G’s crew mess is more than 150 square feet, and the laundry is almost that large.

The crew quarters on Galileo are very spacious and are similar to guest quarters on many yachts,’ says Vitruvius spokesperson Cristina Bernardini. ‘They are designed to provide ample living space for circumnavigation, [which] leads to extended stays on board by the owner and his guests, so the crew is basically available 24 hours a day.

‘As the owner is an experienced yachtsman, he totally understands what this entails in terms of workload and availability, so he insisted on their wellbeing on board.’

Another yacht that will boast an innovative layout is Aquos Yachts’ 50m Star Fish, due to launch in New Zealand in 2013. Star Fish is a larger evolution of Aquos’ groundbreaking 45m long-range motor yacht Big Fish.

‘We had the unique opportunity to ask the existing crew on Big Fish, “How would like you like your crew quarters to be different on the next boat?”’ says naval architect Gregory C. Marshall, who designed both yachts. “[Big Fish’s crew] already has gone over 40,000 miles in the past 15 months. [The owner] expects to continue at the same pace on the new boat, and they need proper spaces to live their lives offshore.’

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