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News: An Automative Adaption : Superyacht 7Cs

September 2, 2009 by Superyacht Design
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For the first time in the history of yacht making, a super yacht is made on the basis of an automotive concept. Technically speaking, it is more than difficult to adapt a concept that is used on land and integrate it in a sea going vessel. Drive design, the famous yacht builders took this bold initiative when they decided to build the 125m 7Cs superyacht. It was the sheer determination of Drive’s designers that drove them to take the challenge of blending the traditional proportions of a superyacht with the tried and tested ideas of the automotive industry. The designer’s were keen to experiment with the automotive characters of line, proportion, and graphical breakup, to create a vessel with a unique stance and balance above the water line. Drive designs are a pioneer in unconventional yacht design making, and have designed a number of sea-going vessels, ranging in size from small motor boats to large superyachts of 50m and above.

Initially, the designers were a bit confused about the purpose behind making the yacht. But then Drive decided that if it has to turn an unconventional concept into reality, it would better make the best out of it. The design company decided to make an overtly luxurious cruiser out of the concept, with flamboyant styling and glamorous comfort interiors. The accommodation space of the yacht was arranged purely to provide the levels of comfort and space that the owner would expect in his homes.

Things that stand out

The salient feature of the yacht consists of a sunken pool towards the front with a retractable cover, which provides shelter in rainy and rough weather condition. When the cover is shut, the maximized deck space could be used for social gatherings. Helicopter is planned to be garaged so that the maximized deck space from it can also be used for some other purposes. At the aft, the yacht features a Jacuzzi that provides shelter and privacy for the owner.

The yachts interiors are specially designed for a unique atrium space with a double curved staircase. At the stern, the glass structures provide an open and continuous feel. A variety of toys can be found on the yacht. Along with the usual ’toys’, the yacht provides a special arrangement of side garage doors where smaller craft can be driven in or out without the use of a winch system.

The specific design of the yacht utilizes a unique hull with reverse bow. This special structure provides the yacht with a cruising speed in the region of 20 + knots, in a range of about 5500 nautical miles. The hull of the yacht is so designed that it moves smoothly through the sea, as a reverse bow minimizes the ’slamming’ waves force. This phenomenon creates a smaller wake, and offers a longer range. Moreover, the ‘wave’ motif which runs from the bow down the side to the stern allows the superstructure to be somewhat higher at the bow protecting the deck. It also allows the yacht to break up its profile, lowering the visual line as it runs towards the stern and breaks up the colors, which lightens the visual bulk of the yacht and makes the yacht look a lot lower than it actually is.

Till now, the project has been done with the covering layout, which includes tanks, garages, and power. This layout was also displayed at the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2008. The yacht’s plan received an amazing response from the people, which compelled the designers to the finish the yacht at the soonest.The designers also developed design modifications based on the feedback received with input from suppliers. The final design is at the last stage of analysis. Presently the designers are finalizing the interior accommodation space and hope to release visuals of the internal space soon.

The main aim behind the interior designing is that the yacht should be as spacious as possible, both internally and externally. The reduction of the number of rooms in this design is expected to give the increased feeling of space. The interior would have provision for about 12 guests (possibly up to 14), and double the number of crew.

About the company

Drive Design, is one of the finest designing companies that deal with modeling and cgi visualizing of the Marine and Automotive industries. The company works with one of the best names in the industry and provides advises both major international manufacturers and SME companies in the development and manufacturing process and also to bring conceptual ideas to reality. The main essence of the company lies in its high value of maintaining a long term business relationships with clients. Some of its key clients include Ken Freivokh, Redman Whiteley Dixon, Sunseeker and Fairline.

Drive design was founded by Chris Longmore in 1997,and the company now employs 15 people and has an annual turnover of around £1.2M.The main function of Drive is to supports companies and designers with its knowledge, experience and specialist digital modeling and CGI expertise, using the latest and most advanced techniques.

The company ensures a complete participation in the whole design process from start to finish. The process starts with the first step of developing concept sketches into 3D surfaces from which CGI visuals are produced. Then the sketches are seen by the clients who give the final green signal for the construction process to get started. This benefits Marine designers and shipyards for accelerating the design and development of each stage of a project. It also allows crucial marketing and design decisions to be made quicker and at the earlier stage. The 3D data is also used in the engineering processes to create physical models and product tooling. The same data source is provided to all the people working on the process so that each and everyone has access to the most up-to-date design information, which allows shipbuilders to retain the original design intent.

Thus the main benefits of using Drive Design are:

* Reduced design and production costs
* Fewer costly physical prototypes
* Significant time savings
* Improved communication and collaboration
* Get to market ahead of competition

Thus, Chris Longmore, Founder and Director of Drive, has created a multi-disciplinary company of diverse design-related expertise. It is because of this that drive has attracted high caliber staff which includes designers such as Mark Pritchard, Design Manager, leading software developers (Yannick Lorvo, Head of CGI), manufacturers like JCB and graduates from the likes of the Royal College of Art and Coventry Transportation Design.

Till now, 7Cs has received a number of inquiries. The already hyped project is also the most awaited one. Once out, it will definitely become a trend setter and the most sought after yacht of all times.

Drive Design

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