Superyacht Design Symposium - Day 1
The theme of the first annual Superyacht Design Symposium was "Designing the Impossible", so it was entirely appropriate that the
first speaker was Tom Perkins, owner of three-masted Perini Navi
schooner The Maltese Falcon. He gave the audience a step-by-step look
at the challenge of minimizing risk while designing and building the
yacht"s revolutionary new "Dyna Rig" spars and rigging. "It was as if
the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk said, "Let's not do this box kite
with a motor - let's do a 747," he said.
Perkins was followed by an informative talk from Kim Vibe-Petersen on
how he turned his Perini Navi sailing yacht Parsifal III into a
successful luxury charter operation. Inevitably, this meant sacrifice
for Vibe-Petersen and his family as they gave up sought-after weeks
aboard the yacht to charted clients. "Christmas this year has been
summer - the family is trying to live with that" he said. His strategies
have paid off, however, as he reported a 60- to 65-percent repeat
client rate and 25 weeks of charter this season.
Owners Jan-Eric Osterlund, first owner of Adéle treated the audience to
a spellbinding slide show of photos of his recent voyages, along with
an authoritative look at the key lessons learned from a two year
intensive around the world cruise successful. The motor yacht side of
the equation was taken up by Eric Wittouck, owner of Exuma C,
accompanied by designer Philippe Briand, who created Wittouck"s new
Vitruvius project, being built by Perini Navi, with a design brief of "long lean and light".
Gracious social events were not neglected during the Symposium as
attendees enjoyed luncheon in the library of the Harold Pratt House.
Afternoon tea accompanied by the launch of the Silverlining - The Art of
Furniture, an coffee table book published by the British yacht
furniture designer and builder. The day was rounded out by an elegant
cocktail party that gave participants a chance to network, exchange
stories - and perhaps design that new yacht design on a cocktail