IT’S NO SECRET that size matters in the yacht world, but for a forward-looking generation of builders, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Maximising interior space has become the go-to approach for many brands, with the Ferretti Yachts 1000, Princess X95, Benetti Oasis, Wally WHY200, Sanlorenzo SX112 and Azimut Grande Trideck – all launched within the past year – joining larger custom superyachts in a quest to increase usable interior space.
“The X95 layout has 40 per cent more indoor space than a traditional motor yacht,” says Richard Dart, principal designer at Princess. “You can get a 95-foot boat into most marinas, and when you increase the interior by 40 per cent, it attracts clients who might liveaboard, especially in the current climate.”
How to keep the profile svelte – or at least not bloated – is the trick. “That was the challenging part,” says Dart. “As we increased volume, we worked with the aesthetics across the X95, using features like a horizontal deck line that runs from bow to stern, to reduce the sense of height.”
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