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Design for life: The 2018 SDS Design Challenge

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The brief

The world’s finest superyacht designers and builders battled it out at this year’s Superyacht Design Symposium to create a rugged explorer for a demanding fictional owner — in just one hour. Here is the brief they were given...

You have been hired by a 45-year-old American who is the major shareholder of a multinational electronics brand. His family wealth originated in the Texas oil patch in the Gulf of Mexico. He keeps a Tiara Q44 for use on Long Island Sound in the summer, a Nautique G23 wakeboarding boat at his yacht club in Kemah, Texas, and his beloved classics — a 1953 Chris-Craft Racing Runabout and a 1967 Amphicar — stored near his ski lodge on Lake Tahoe.

He has chartered extensively, mainly adventurous yachts with lots of toys, outdoor space and range such as Sherakhan, Cloudbreak, Senses and Pioneer.

His vision is for a large yacht that provides multiple activities in order to offer the ultimate charter yacht for around $800,000 per week. He also thinks it would be cool to use the boat and its submarine for scientific missions with scientists on board so this would require a research area and specimen storage.

He’s into zip lining, rock climbing, diving, gambling, extreme fitness, skeet shooting, culinary adventures, photography, archaeological digs, wakeboarding, swimming and hosting parties. He’s also a foodie who loves to see food being prepared.

Finally, the boat should be dog friendly as he has two Czech Shepherds that he flies everywhere.

The owner

Corporate aircraft: NetJets Share, Gulfstream G450.

Cars: Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet, Tesla S, Aston Martin DB9 Volante, Cadillac Escalade.

Designers: Hugo Boss, Brioni, Tom Ford, and jeans by 7 For All Mankind.

Likes: Eames chairs, lofts, industrial chic and timber, modern furniture, neutral colours, books, jeans, old leather, rock ’n’ roll and R&B.

The rebuild

He has purchased, for $5 million, Ryan Chouest, a 67 metre offshore supply vessel, which he wants to refit into a superyacht with a maximum budget of $30 million. The vessel is ABS classed and has an interior volume of 1,409GT. The beam is 15 metres. You may add up to nine metres of overall length but must keep the existing placement of the bridge.

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