In the last issue of The Superyacht Report this year – issue 183 – the focus is all things superyacht design. In fact, we’ve even renamed it The Superyacht Design Report. We have decided to explore every corner of the design world, from the work of eminent and revered superyacht designers, such as Tim Heywood, to an analysis of how long specific designers’ yachts remain on the market. Hitting desks in a couple of weeks’ time, the design issue has been a long time in the making, and will uncover this often-misunderstood area of the market.

Design reaches and influences every sector of this industry. From the yards that build designers’ creations to the engineers who work tirelessly to create solutions to marry form and function, it’s also the area most critiqued throughout the entire build – and even post-build – process, so we wanted to delve into the subject in as much detail as possible to highlight what really goes into ‘design’.

‘How does class measure volume?’ is one of the questions we look into with technical editor Tim Thomas, who looks at comparative case studies of the major class societies and how they attribute volume. The volumetric calculation has the capacity to identify and minimise the amount of dead space on board, thus making processes like designing to 500gt more efficient.

Following the unveiling of Tankoa’s 72m Bolide concept, which was created by renowned Italian studio Exclusiva (a multi-disciplinary architectural and interior-design firm that has seen the size and complexity of its projects grow dramatically in recent years), we look at why the project marks an important milestone for the studio, as the first superyacht project it has created. European Editor Justin Ratcliffe sits down with Fabio Mazzeo, the chairman and design director at Exclusiva Design, to discuss the project and the challenges that coincide with moving from land-based design to marine design.

For one wonderful day, Mike Reeves and James Claydon of Claydon Reeves let me play owner as they guide me through the initial design phase of creating a fully custom project by hand. Arriving at the studio armed with only a relatively simple brief and a few requests and stylistic preferences, this amazing journey through the design process shows what goes into creating a large yacht project.

A concept showcase can also be found in this issue, where we present a number of studios’ selections of their latest projects. Why? Concepts are an incredibly important element of superyacht design – while many of the new ideas may appear to be overly futuristic, with impractical elements or something that just doesn’t look right, their role in the market is really about inspiring less conventional approaches to superyacht design. Rather, they are a study into what the future of superyacht design may look like. Concepts are, essentially, a tool to inspire and propel the market, but, equally, are also a way of researching what the market is looking for. We therefore wanted to showcase a selection of the work across the market, and just some of the exciting creations that are appearing in this sector.

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