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The top 5 ways Project 75 reimagines superyacht design


Project 75 reverses the design process

Project 75 Yacht Bow On

Could designing a yacht “backwards” save owners money and time in the long run?

A trifecta of yachting masterminds hope it will. Rainsford Mann Design, Steller Systems and Andrew Weir Yacht Management have joined forces on Project 75, which aims to offer a more streamlined approach to design, saving time, headaches and money by reversing the design process – the exterior is literally the last thing to be designed on this innovative yacht.

The building blocks of this project were just that - building blocks. The first draft looked much like a Lego block boat, but then RMD came in with the exterior styling, delivering a sleek, window-full exterior.

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The inside-out superyacht saves time in the design phase

Project 75 Yacht On Water

What makes this 76.4 metre more than just another cool-looking concept is the innovative inside-out approach the team took. Instead of starting with a far-out exterior concept and working out the logistics, the naval architects and yacht managers designed the platform before the exterior designers even conceived what the yacht would look like.

"If you think of a standard design process, a client comes along, then finds a designer, the client then gives the designer the brief. It’s very client-centric, very fantastical sometimes,” says designer Rupert Mann. “The designer’s job is then to hone that, try to understand the brief and come up with a design at the conceptual stage that will work. Then the designer will work hand in glove with a naval architect.

“I think that often there’s a little bit of deconstruction that has to happen at that stage," Mann says. "You have to unwrap the concept slightly, deconstruct it, because the client has gotten a bit carried away or the designer has…”

“We stick reality in there,” says Robert Skarda from Steller Systems, who is providing naval architecture on Project 75.

“There’s a bit of lost time there, it’s not efficient,” Mann says.

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Commercial design know-how is brought to the forefront

Project 75 Yacht Engines

Both Steller and Andrew Weir have a vast background in commercial and military vessels, and they brought this streamlined efficiency and robust design nous to superyachts. The result is a yacht literally designed from the keel up that takes into account future-proofing, provision storage, efficiency, guest comfort and ease of maintenance.

“Ultimately, what we get as a concept designer is a really well refined technical platform where engines are in a position for a reason, where naval architecture has been really well thought through – right at the beginning of the project,” says Rupert Mann.

“So you’re getting inside out design, getting ultimately something where form follows function, which is also quite radical, because it’s usually the other way around.”

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