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Floating Home Communities Buoy Our Spirits

Time at home these days seems expansive and unsettling all at once. For many of us monitoring the news is tempered by baking bread for the first time or rekindling a hobby that had no space in our pre-quarantine life. Restless and with no plans to go anywhere farther than the grocery store in the wait-and-see future, we thought a virtual vacation might help us get our collective equilibrium. Join us as we go in search of water (what else!) and tour 3 floating home communities across the globe.    Our first stop is in North America, in Canada’s largest […]

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 […]

Going Above and Below

When considering a design in the floating architecture space we have the enviable position of working from a place of possibility. Not limited by terra firma, structures can go up, down and then out in a way that is not possible in traditional construction. A design that illustrates this paradigm so well was unveiled recently at a symposium titled “Urban Tactics for Flooding: From Risks to Opportunities” presented by Griffiths University’s Cities Research Institute.   Sea Manta, described by the GriffithNews as a “proposed 60m long recreational and ecological structure” is an ingenious design.     An aquarium, swimming pool […]

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 […]

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. […]