In one methodical and decisive brainstorming session, a designer asked his colleague, a naval architect, if the space typically allowed between the engines was for technical purpose. On hearing that it wasn’t, the team realised they had found their springboard. In creating an interior walkway between the engines, the space behind them would now be accessible, and a full-beam aft owner’s stateroom could be accommodated, resulting in the requested real estate gain.
This novel solution also meant more freedom of movement for occupants, with the elements that normally break up a room, such as the stairs, becoming integral parts of the décor, which the team would finish in the same rich hardwoods and calf leathers as the custom-built cabinets and doors. For the lady’s haute couture dress, the Vripack’s designers omitted all non-essential lines, giving the yacht visual clarity and distinction.
Bonandrini’s understandable yet outrageous build-time request was perfectly timed, as Vripack’s engineers had just prototyped Smart Kit®, their radical new build method. By adopting cutting-edge technology from the fields of robotics, laser cutting and virtual prototyping, they managed to build the Gamma yacht in nine months, setting yet another benchmark.
One could be forgiven for assuming that such disruptive changes must come at a price, probably in the form of restriction, but a moon-shot can’t be considered a success unless it results in free added benefits. For instance, given that one client might love al fresco dining on the aft deck while another appreciates a diving board, each Gamma comes with a unique flying bridge. And as one client might need an extra bedroom while another would love an on-board laundry or sauna, the same goes for the entire layout.