SPACESHIP 60 BUILD: The Art of Interior Boat Design
Updated: Oct 14
Owning a boatbuilding company is not just a business; it's a passion, a commitment to craftsmanship, and an unceasing quest for perfection. Boat shows play a pivotal role in this journey, providing invaluable insights and inspiration. As the owner of such a company, I've come to appreciate that boat shows are a great resource and well worth the effort, not only for networking and marketing but also for the opportunity to scrutinize every detail, fitting, and finish. In these moments, I often find myself shaking my head, wondering who made the curious choices regarding fittings, materials and surfaces. The interior, in particular, is a realm of endless possibilities, where the last 5% of decisions can make or break the entire project.
The Essence of Interior Design
Before embarking on the boatbuilding process, our team ensures that approximately 95% of the interior layout is meticulously designed. This includes planning the arrangement of cabins, common areas, and functional spaces. However, the finishing touch remains undecided at this stage—the choice of materials and surfaces will define the boat's character.
Surprisingly, this often overlooked 5% of the project assumes the role of the most pivotal and impactful component of the boat's design, often feeling like it represents the lion's share of the endeavour. It's where art meets functionality, aesthetics meets practicality, and the boat's personality takes shape. Working in close collaboration with our interior designer Matt Wilkie, we sit down with the client to nail down what they are after; we are also not afraid to push back if we feel something isn't working, so yes, there is not going to be pink shagpile in the master cabin.
The Surface Exploration
Our process begins with a comprehensive breakdown of every surface within the boat's interior. Walls, ceilings, floors, countertops, upholstery—you name it; each element is meticulously examined. We source or create samples of various materials, finishes, and textures to present to the client. This stage involves a blend of creativity, technical expertise, and a deep understanding of the client's preferences and vision.
Visualizing the Dream
The key to a successful interior design lies in visualization. Many clients find it challenging to imagine how a cabin will look when fully finished. This is where high-quality rendering technology becomes an indispensable tool. Once the client has narrowed their preferences, we employ advanced rendering techniques to provide them with vivid and lifelike images of each cabin or zone, fully decked out in their chosen finishes.
The Power of Clear Communication
The rendered images serve as a bridge between the client's imagination and the final product. They provide a clear picture of what to expect, minimizing the likelihood of late-stage changes. Far too often, clients make alterations when the boat is nearing completion because they can't visualize the final result or settle for something out of apprehension regarding potential costs associated with alterations. By offering this level of transparency and clarity, we empower our clients to make informed decisions early in the process, ensuring that the boat's interior is exactly as they envisioned.
The journey from attending boat shows to crafting high-quality boat interiors is captivating. It's a testament to the meticulous attention to detail and the unwavering commitment to creating functional and visually stunning vessels. As the owner of a boatbuilding company, I have learned that the devil is in the details, and the final 5% of interior design is where the magic happens. We transform dreams into tangible, tasteful realities by working closely with clients, offering them material choices, and providing realistic visualizations. Boatbuilding is an art, and interior design & finish is where we excel.
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