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 […]

Yachts & Yachting in the World of Social Distancing

An interview with Bob Stephens & Paul Waring reveals the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their custom yacht design business and the world of custom yachts that they inhabit. We talked to them from a comfortably safe distance – a time zone away. Here is what they said:   Let’s start with location: Your business is headquartered in Belfast, ME. While not a virus hotspot like New York or Chicago, your state still has restrictions. What are they, and how have they affected your day-to-day operations? Bob: Maine has been fortunate that the number of cases is lower than […]

Introducing Varvara

Varvara is an Eastern European variant of Barbara—its meaning is “stranger, foreigner—not of the Latin people”. We thought it fitting for this sleek and sexy machine– her style is influenced by the clean and crisp design work exemplified by trends today, only with our distinctive slant.    Varvara came to be through the concept work we did with a client who had closely examined the entire European market of production sailing yachts and not found exactly the right boat. He found current boats with cramped interior arrangements; cockpits too minimal and largely exposed; sailing systems that seemed racy and complex […]

Ship Shape Recommended Reading

With all the craziness surrounding us during this time, we love to think about distractions when it comes to boats and design challenges.  Many of you know there’s tons of reading in the marine section of bookstores, but we thought we’d curate a few notable titles for you if you’re thinking what to read next.  Some of these books have been helpful either personally or in our process; others have been laughable and entertaining.  Either way, if you think about supporting your local bookstore, please use the publishing information below to help you place your orders   Here’s looking towards […]

The Complexity of Sustainable Boat Building

Before we dive into this month’s topic, we hope all of you are well and getting through this demanding time as best you can. We thought an installment of our newsletter might give you a short reprieve.   As every sector looks to incorporate sustainable best-practices, so too, does the boat building industry. Professor Fahmi Bellalouna at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences sums it up in an article (Innovation Origins), “The interest of customers in environmentally friendly and sustainable products has also reached the boat market. Sailing is per se an environmentally friendly and sustainable form of mobility that […]

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 […]