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Superyacht Design Symposium

October 23 & 24, 2012

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2012 Venue: Miami, Florida

2011's Design Symposium Write Up

A new format designed for enhanced interactivity took the fourth annual Superyacht Design Symposium to new heights October 24 and 25 at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida.  A record number of delegates were eager to wade into topics as diverse as the Use of Glass on Superyachts, Tenders, and Managing Risk.

A unique feature of this two-day meeting of minds is the inclusion of yacht owners on several of the panels. The owners of sailing yacht Marie, for example, were instrumental in the exchange of ideas on the topic of “Designing and Building a Superyacht Around the Lifestyle-specific Needs of an Owner.” Owner and designer Kirk Lazarus shared his personal insights on how having a brother with MS influenced his ideas about both interior and exterior spaces.

Several of the topics were investigated from “both sides of the table” so to speak, such as “Moving Toward a Greener Yacht,” which became a 360° view encompassing ideas of naval architects, the owner of motor yacht Exuma, two technology specialists and even the owner of a repair and refit yard. Several case studies were also presented including the rebuild of 328-foot Attessa IV and the construction of 439-foot Serene.

Chairman of the Symposium Nigel Campbell brought the idea for the new salon-style format to the event and sprinkled the information sessions with questions directed at the various participants and audience members as well, making for a relaxed exchange of ideas that made it difficult to end the sessions.

A welcome consequence of the event was the collegial atmosphere and networking that ensued in advance of the ShowBoats Design Awards and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show later in the same week. Despite the fact that many of the participants would likely be competing later, they voiced a universal enthusiasm for innovation, increased professionalism and the advancement of superyacht design and construction.


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