Yacht Island

>>> Yacht Island

Kind of a fun one…

The Streets of Monaco

At Yacht Island Design we like to do things differently

We like to base our designs upon innovative floating platforms. It frees us to explore bold and daring ideas which challenge the accepted norms within the yachting industry. No longer are we bound by the restrictions of a conventional hull shape. This unleashes creative flair and individualism for our clients as well as us!

Our approach is to consider the design in a holistic manner. We like to ensure that a common theme runs throughout the yacht, from the overall exterior shape down to the smallest interior detail. The most important thing for us is to ensure the original client-driven concept is achieved in a flowing and seamless manner.

LONGREACH Buoyancy Deployment System

>>> LONGREACH Buoyancy Deployment System

A University of New South Wales student submitted this design and won the James Dyson Award this year. Sounds like an idea that might should come to production.

Longreach is a man-portable system that allows for the rapid conveyance of temporary, water-activated buoyancy devices to a drowning victim’s location. It is designed to allow a victim to remain buoyant while rescue personnel prepare the appropriate response to the situation. The rescue package uses hydrophobic or rapidly expanding foam to provide buoyancy once the package contacts the water. This allows the package to be vastly smaller in size than any currently existing buoyancy device. Equipped with a light for attracting attention the Rescue Package can be propelled over 150m. Longreach is also equipped with Para-Flares for night-time Illumination. Longreach is designed to be simple to manufacture and easy to handle. Ideally used by emergency services personnel or a ship’s crew, Longreach has the potential to significantly reduce the number of drownings at sea.

Similitude of ship models

>>> Similitude of ship models

Lots of boat builders and designers will use models in a variety of ways. Interior layout is probably the most common, or even just getting an idea of the shape and look of a craft before building in full scale.

Often somebody will decide to build a model and see how it performs. Be careful here. There are lots of issues when scaling something down and then expecting it to perform in a non-scaled physical world. The dynamics of water don’t change just because the hull got smaller. The strength of materials is not linear, nor is the weight.

There are lots of ways to use models to learn about full size performance (its been done for centuries), but there are lots of considerations. The study of this type of interaction is the basis of this "similitude" topic. Check it out for some interesting info.

Perfect Passagemaker Wiki

>>> Perfect Passagemaker Wiki

Some of the guys from a couple of the mailing lists (PuP and Trawlers and Trawlering) have put a wiki page up to foster discussion of building the "perfect passagemaker". I don’t know that it has hit "critical mass" to get a lot of discussion going, but certainly worth a look, and I’m sure they would love additional input.

This is a place for discussing the attributes of blue water, ocean going passagemakers. It is an offshoot of discussion on the Passagemaking Under Power (PUP) discussion group monitored by Georgs Kolesnikovs and sponsored by TrawlersAndTrawlering.com, but this effort is not of his doing (so don’t blame him!).

This has to be a community effort, though I (Jonathan) am willing to do the "wiki" parts. I am going through the PUP discussion of the "Perfect Passagemaker (PPM), pulling out specific comments and discussion, and plugging them in to the appropriate spots in the wiki. Anyone who would like to add material to the wiki and doesn’t want to do it themselves, can just send me a copy. My role is not to "edit" in the sense of taking sides, but to simply make available people’s experiences and comments about a variety of topics. It is meant as a forum for different ideas and to give everyone the benefit of a large community of passagemakers.