Designer René van der Velden comments on Caryali

Immediately after superyacht Caryali was handed over to her owners early 2013, the handsome superyacht designed by René van der Velden, and built at Alloy Yachts, embarked on a Pacific cruise. We recently met up with designer René van der Velden in Fort Lauderdale, to discuss the design of the yacht.

Caryali is by no means a radical design”, René starts off. “Her design brief was for a fairly classical explorer Yacht, which would combine the often contradicting characteristics such as high volume, relatively high top speed, good range, good seakeeping, large tender capacity and ample storage. All of this had to be wrapped in a well balanced and distinctive exterior design which is bold yet elegant”.

Talking about the yacht’s interior, which is styled by Redman Whiteley Dixon, René comments: “Her interior was to be spacious, functional for crew and guests, with different climate zones ensuring a natural flow from interior to exterior spaces. The styling had to be contemporary classic, detailed and in line with the yacht’s exterior aesthetics”.

The result is a highly elegant explorer, which has already won an ISS design award. “Although the reasons for Caryali being chosen the winner of her category were not revealed I am pretty sure it was because she scores high on all above items and also integrates them into a harmonious, functional cruising vessel. The impeccable workmanship of Alloy Yachts completes the picture of a yacht that pushes the boundaries for this size and style and therefore is a true winner”.

René van der Velden Yacht Design
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