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Building a Superyacht over Zoom

Vitruvius Yachts is working on a 216-footer without physically meeting the owner.

May 19, 2021
Vitruvius 66-meter superyacht
Yacht designer Phillipe Briand and the owner of this 66-meter superyacht he designed created the vessel without ever meeting in person. Courtesy Vitruvius Yachts

Vitruvius Yachts says that switching to digital communications during the pandemic this past year has not stopped its ability to oversee design projects. As an example, the company points to a 216-footer.

“On a recent call with the owner of our 66-meter Lifestyle yacht project currently under construction at Rossinavi, we joked that this must be the first yacht to be built on Zoom, because we have been working together for over one year now without ever having physically met,” Vitruvius designer Philippe Briand stated in a press release. “It has been a surprisingly educational process, even after all these years of working in yacht design.”

Similarly, Briand and his team have been working with a client on a 170-foot yacht under 500 gross tons.

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“The challenge was not only to create a yacht that met all these demands, but also to communicate and constructively work with the client within the physical constraints of not being able to meet in person,” Briand stated. “Our mantra during this whole process has been: preparation, incubation, evaluation, elaboration and communication.”

Doing design work over video is less efficient than in-person meetings, he says, but there are some benefits to video discussions, which Vitruvius plans to continue using in a smaller capacity after the pandemic ends.

When is that Rossinavi scheduled to be delivered? In 2023. Interior design is by Enrico Gobbi.

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