Stephens Waring Yacht Design and Van Dam Custom Boats Launch Italmus

The S/Y Italmas illustrates the many elements found within a bespoke project coming into alignment: committed, thoughtful owner, exceptional craftsmen, and innovative design team. From the beginning, her owner aimed for leveraging Van Dam Custom Boats’ remarkable ability to shape wood, metal and ideas to create a throwback sailing yacht – a strong, sturdy cruising vessel in the manner of a century ago, but with cutting-edge performance due to the careful use of the best materials and modern construction methods. We tend to make the shortlist for designers when sailing enthusiasts begin looking for a shop who can put thoughtful design to […]

Thoughts On Post-Pandemic Living Spaces

No matter where in the world you’re self-isolating right now, we’re sure your life, like ours, has been fraught with compromise. Moving forward, as we all must do, requires continuing to adjust our expectations and to adopt new behaviors. As designers, we thought it might be interesting to make some predictions about the impact these new requirements might have on our future homes and home-life.    Single Family Properties In Demand Once a respite from work routines and urban landscapes, home has become a place in which to retreat from human interactions. This change runs counter to the design of […]

Sustainability is a Rock Solid Idea

Whether in Davos or Düsseldorf, the landscape of every industry is being transformed by a quest for sustainability. Recognizing the need to come to terms with climate change, Larry Fink, CEO of Black Rock, a global investment management corporation, took a definitive stance earlier this month in his annual letter to CEOs when he declared, “sustainable investing is the strongest foundation for client portfolios going forward.”   Fink’s announcement helped put the issue front and center at last week’s World Economic Forum with CNN Business reporting that, “sustainability was the topic of scores of panels, meetings and cocktail conversations in Davos.”  And while key speakers […]

OASys: Floating Foundation

In this issue we’re going to do a deep dive into the foundation of an Immerst OASys. Like the foundation of any architectural structure, there are many things to consider when drafting and implementing the design. Paul and Bob will walk us through their process and since we’re dealing with a structure that floats on water, the physics of buoyancy, known as Archimedes Principle is where we’ll begin. How do you determine the amount of buoyancy needed to float an OASys? It starts with some math! That’s exactly right, it does start with some math.  Once we’ve developed a working concept for […]

A Conversation With James Betts Enterprises

Our firm is currently collaborating with the innovative James Betts Enterprises, Inc. on the beautiful Spirit-of-Tradition yacht, Cirrus.  We introduced you to JBE last month and since then, we’ve talked with them further about the process they go through when taking a boat from dream to reality.  Tell us what happens when a designer brings a client to you?   We approach every new potential project with a critical eye and an open mind. This allows us to understand the client’s dream, see the designer’s vision, and determine the logistics and feasibility of turning an idea into a tangible product. […]

The Sustainability of a Floating Design

We believe that buildings like an Immerst OASys are leading the way in sustainable architecture. Sustainable architecture is a phrase that is often used in tandem with green building and with good reason. The aim of green building is to build in such a way as to minimize the impact of a project on the natural world through efficient use of materials and resources while enhancing the occupants’ experience of interacting with the building. The World Green Building Council lists features of a green building as:   Efficient use of energy, water and other resources Use of renewable energy, such […]

A Rock. And a Hard Place: Lessons Learned Going Aground in Hoi An

Here’s what happened: It was a normal Maine summer day. Half work, half play. Paul and I were out of the office, moving Hoi An from her mooring in Blue Hill to Camden. Her owners had kindly loaned the yacht to us for racing in the Camden Classics Cup to act as sponsor’s boat. The morning fog had cleared and a cracking breeze had come up; we were closing Camden fast, beam-reaching at over eight knots. I was navigating using the older, below-decks-mounted chartplotter occasionally, confirming with dead-reckoning, sighting islands, buoys, and landmarks. These weren’t my home-waters, but I had […]

Boats Now Cheaper than Homes.

Here’s a scoop about marine living that surprised us: Living on the water is probably a better deal than living near the water. During the past 60 days or so, our little yacht design world has invested serious time in exploring how to live on marine environments. We’ve been digging deep into costs and benefits of various marine residence concepts from floating homes to houseboats to live-aboard yachts. And one of the biggest puzzles of living on the water are the values involved: What’s a better deal? A residence on real land near the coast. Or a residence floating on […]