AUSTRALIA, Melbourne. To coincide with the launch of its new website, Sabdes Design has unveiled two new concepts under development in collaboration with an unnamed Turkish shipyard.

“Both of these projects have been formed from client interest and feedback we've received,” explains founder of the studio Scott Blee. “The first of these designs is a radically styled 33.5m Axebow long range motoryacht based on a semi-displacement hull form. The other project is a minimal 40m world cruising motoryacht.”

Inspiration for the Axebow stemmed from Blee’s occasional involvement with the design of military vessels, the most recent of which was a 40m Patrol Boat project created for BAE Systems. During the design process Scott researched the stealthy/faceted work that goes into the surface of these vessels. “It is almost origami in style,” he says. “All of this had influence over the design of this concept, while the faceted construction style could be a simpler method of construction without so much need for plate bending, especially around the superstructure and its connection with the hull. It's just an aesthetic thing to give her a tough aggressive style!”

Other features of the 33.5m, which offers a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots, include a covered mooring deck forward and walk-through mast supports.


The larger of the two projects has a displacement hull form with the option for having a semi-displacement hull should the client prefer. The design also includes a large forward sundeck/lounge area with glass bulwarks towards the aft and an integrated Portuguese bridge.

In addition to these and a 39m motoryacht concept called Sleek, developed in collaboration with Feadship, the studio has created designs for Icon Yachts and Bering Yachts. While work continues on a 70ft passage-maker and an 80ft explorer yacht, the latter of which is for a Russian client, both built by Bering Yachts and due to be launched in August/September 2015.

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