The effects of crew involvement in the build and design of a superyacht can be monumental and felt from the bow to the stern of the boat, making the crew’s on-board role easier and more efficient and, most importantly, improving the owner’s experience.

But it is all too easy for crew to presume they shouldn’t be involved with a yacht’s design until the later stages of its build – despite the fact that by this point it’s often too late to make the changes that would really boost everyone’s involvement with the yacht.

However, from Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 June, SuperyachtDESIGN is giving crew the chance to get involved. SuperyachtDESIGN Week is being held at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London, and will provide attendees with the chance to hear from and network with yachting’s top designers and innovators.

Looking back over The Crew Report’s features, crew involvement in design is a topic surrounding which a plethora of crew have a wealth of opinion. Ex-chief stewardess and current executive vice president of Wright Maritime Group, Ellen Anderson provided a viewpoint echoed by many a chief stewardess when she told The Crew Report, “When considering design of interior space, the golden rule is there is no such concept as too much space allocated to stowage.”

In addition, a debate on asking whether crew should be involved in the design of a yacht has drawn some interesting responses in recent months. One user stated: “The crew should be able to put their ideas forward with reasons why the design should be changed and what advantages this would have on the working operation of the yacht. The only problem is convincing the owner [who] is picking up the bill.” Meanwhile, another user added: “It would be a step in the right direction, instead of someone who has never worked on board.”

But it’s not just the crew who want to get involved – it’s the builders and designers, too. In issue 8 of The Superyacht Owner, Peter Buescher, design project manager at Donald L. Blount and Associates, explained that, “There are simply some elements of a vessel’s arrangement that are understood most intimately by the crew. For example, the traffic pattern associated with bringing food and beverage service from an interior galley to an exterior beach deck.”

In issue 66 of The Crew Report, moreover, Billy Smith, vice-president of Trinity Yachts, reveals that crew can have a hugely positive effect on the result of a yacht. “If you turn to the crew and say, ‘How do we service this? How do we access it?’, they normally come up with very good ideas.” Smith even draws on the example of 56m motoryacht Pangea, on which the crew created their own space in the pipe tunnel - now a common feature of many Trininty builds. Issue 69 of The Crew Report, moreover, will see SuperyachtDESIGN managing editor Andrew Johnasson speak to senior about design particulars on board that make daily working life problematic for crew.

Crew involvement in design is an always-evolving topic worthy of lengthy debate, and SuperyachtDESIGN Week will allow crew to take the debate further with key players in the design industry.

To register attendance at the event from 24 – 26 June, please call Suzie Hine on +44 (0)207 924 4004 or email Suzie at

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