Spaciousness at sea is much like spaciousness on land: it's a feeling, an experience, not measurable in square footage. When we're feeling cramped, space is a good thing. When we're feeling isolated and disconnected, a football field of interior space can feel vacuous. At that point, we seek out a small, intimate space that makes us feel more at home.
The challenge for designers of superyachts is to make what feels too small feel bigger and vice versa without resorting to drastic measures. Huge open plan living spaces with cavernous ceiling heights are common on land, but despite some yacht designers finding ways to extend ceiling height, the fact remains that the standard measure of motor yacht overheads is less than eight feet.
However, there are many ways to extend space and make superyacht interiors feel bigger, despite the comparatively low ceilings.
The Donald Starkey designed interior on Trident, a 65 metre Feadship, features softer colours and wide windows to make spaces seem more expansive, as strong colours and a lack of natural light can make places appear small.