By Charl van Rooy
During the latest edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, Dutch design studio Mulder Design unveiled their latest project, a 115m concept. SYT caught up with with the family-run company to find what the design is all about, and which other projects they are currently involved in.
Mulder wanted to create an elegant yacht that would still exude a powerful and dynamic profile. Two key elements were identified at the start of the project which Mulder believes that today’s discerning owners would appreciate. The first is a helicopter landing pad on the foredeck, served by a hangar where it can be stowed in the deck below. This makes long distance crossings possible without the need of leaving the helicopter ashore.
The second area that Mulder feels will become a special area on board is the expansive beach lounge located at water level in the stern of the vessel. With the aft bathing platform opened, this area measures a generous 18 by 8 metres and is well illuminated by natural light reaching the lounge from above, through a skylight in the bottom of a swimming pool placed on main deck aft.
Frank Mulder, the man steering the company since 1979, points out that part of their design process is to focus on each aspect of the vessel and its design, and refrains from directing their efforts at matching a single well-designed area with the rest of the yacht. “Our approach is not to focus solely on one part of the design but to step back and take a helicopter view of the total picture.”
Three of the studio’s projects are currently in build. The 70m project Zenith at Sunrise Yachts in Turkey, 67.5m project Spectre under construction at Benetti, as well as 61m motor yacht still to be unveiled, all of which feature naval architecture by the handy work of the Mulder Design studio and each built with their high speed cruising hull form.