UK studio Andrew Trujillo Design has developed a concept for a 25 metre wooden motor yacht that is touted as being more sustainable but easier to maintain than a conventional wooden boat.
The yacht has been designed to be produced by a cold moulding process, whereby veneers of wood are laid out at angles to each other in combination with an epoxy resin. The process is not dissimilar to that used in the production of high performance composite yachts.
The obvious advantages of this method are that the result shows off the natural beauty of the wood (if using a clear gelcoat finish) while the process is arguably more environmentally friendly than those used using more conventional composites or even GRP. (The moulds used would be very similar, so the yacht could be made in variants in GRP or wood if required.)
“The yacht has been an exercise in thinking and to show our take on designing a yacht that is more sustainable but practical and easier to maintain than a conventional wooden boat”, Andrew said of the design process.
The interior layout is relatively traditional; the main deck has a comfortable indoor lounge area and a helm position with a clean and uncluttered instrument panel. The lower deck has the galley and guest cabins plus the Master cabin in the bow. The Guest cabins comprise two twin cabins and a double. One of the twin cabins can serve as accommodation to crew, if required.
The other advantage of using the process selected is that overall the material performs very well. It is light weight and very strong, ensuring that the yacht is efficient. The Sabre yacht is planned to have water jet propulsion. This is rapidly becoming the most obvious choice of propulsion in many applications, but is perhaps surprisingly less common with yachts of this size.
Andrew believes this propulsion option is the way of the future, saying, “I recall going out on a water-jet propelled Italian yacht that I had been involved with on the design and was really impressed by how it worked and particularly how effective it was at slowing the vessel down. I was converted.
I figured that it is the future and I believe wood also has an important part to play too; we use it throughout the interiors of our yachts, but it should be used on the exterior. The design is relatively simple and uncluttered. It does make gentle references to classic wooden boats, but it is a modern interpretation. I feel that it is important to move things on.”
With over twenty years of experience designing a very broad range of yachts, Andrew Trujillo Design is a small and friendly studio. We undertake new designs and refits, interior and exterior design for custom, semi-custom and production yachts. We also will undertake other projects, from residential to transport related designs.
Talk to us about your specific requirements. We pride ourselves in producing designs that are attractive, functional and above all, suited to our clients.
The AT Design studio is versatile; undertaking yacht design projects, product designs, transport and residential designs. We have accumulated considerable experience in designing and project managing designs for yachts from 38 feet to over 100 metres.
Whether it is a classic, traditional, modern, minimalist or futuristic design you are looking for, we can produce a design that you will be delighted with.
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