The future, for Andrews, however, is wireless technology. Wireless technology is becoming more practical and reliable, Andrews explained: "The world is becoming less dependent on cables and hubs are becoming the key to flexibility." This means that yachts can no longer rely on an electrical technician, but instead an ETO or someone on board needs to be proficient with a laptop as this is the future - hardwire-based solutions are no longer a viable option.
"Carbon fibre is great but furniture on yachts needs to be built for the weather and be heavy enough not to blow away," he said. "And there is something comfortable and human about wood. Teak is a great material for the weather. But we will have to find an alternative to teak one day." The discussion then turned to the different types of wood that could be used, with one audience member suggested pitch pine - a material that has been used in fishing boats in the past.
The trio went on to reveal how this research would benefit the industry going forward talking into account technologies such as 3D printing. "By 2019, we want to have reduced the build time by 25 per cent, and we believe this is achievable," said Hoekstra. "But this revolution needs the greatest innovations thinkable."
In his Artisan and Innovator presentation, David Harber shared that "it's a series of quirky jumps that have led us to some of our projects". Speaking about their innovative work with sculptures and using various materials, Harber explained that they're always looking for a challenge and very happy to work towards just about any brief a client will ask for.
Videoworks spoke about their innovative new system that offers bespoke audio video solutions to enhance your AV time on board. A fun and interactive presentation kept guests entertained throughout.
The former naval architect went on to review the key advances that have been made as a result of research for F1, pointing to specific models through time, highlighting key design features such as those related to aerodynamics.
Watch an interview with Bailey following his presentation by clicking here.
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