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Floating Life. Young Designer Hub to Innovative Yachting

yacht design contest

yacht design contest“We are now in a market that has become static and no longer attributes the same value to researching and developing new things and ingenuity.  To innovate a sector as strict and traditional as the nautical one, we need the kind of brilliant minds you get typically in young people who are capable of imagining what does not yet exist”. This is why Andrea Pezzini of Floating Life, a yacht management, charter and design company, has made the decision to open a new division in his business dedicated to young designers and fostering their ideas.

“We are already in contact with various Italian universities which offer study courses and masters in both naval engineering and yacht design, to explain our new project to the designers and engineers of the future about to enter the different areas of the sector. This is a project that takes an original approach to tackling the future of the nautical sector by combining our skills with the new proposals that the young designers bring with them”. 

To give the new division the best possible start, Floating Life has also decided to launch a competition for young students to design a yacht that will pack significant innovative clout in terms of both solutions and its lines. A scale model will be made of the winning project and exhibited on the company’s stand at the 2020 Monaco Yacht Show.

The “Pensainnovativo” Competition

The aim of the competition is to find original ideas that can improve one or more of the stages of yacht development from either a design technique or design and development perspective. The Floating Life team will analyse all the proposals received to select the most interesting. The most innovative will be chosen by the team to be developed and engineered.

The project must comply with the following criteria:

  • Exteriors: development of hull in terms of both hydrodynamics and forms. Innovatively designed superstructure and topsides.
  • Interiors: diversified use of the interior spaces and furnishings/décor developed using unconventional materials and forms.

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Entry terms and conditions:

  • Material must be submitted by 01/04/2020
  • Winner will be announced on 30/04/2020

About Floating Life

Floating Life is a boutique company that has been setting new standards in the yachting industry since it was founded by Andrea Pezzini and Barbara Tambani in 2002. It is staffed by a group of highly efficient and experienced professionals with expertise in every area of yachting, who provide all-round technical administrative yacht management and round-the-clock, worldwide support. Floating Life feels very much like a highly-committed yacht-centred family firm as it offers its clients a range of bespoke in-house services to cater seamlessly and unfailingly to their needs and those of their yachts. Proof of the quality of Floating Life’s yacht management services is the company’s ISO 9001:2015 certification, an achievement of which it is justifiably proud.

Floating Life is also involved in the design and supply of high-end Italian-style crew uniforms which are made using the highest quality materials. Since 2009, Floating Life has developed and been managing the fractional ownership programme of the YachtPlus fleet, which comprises three 41m yachts designed by Foster+Partners (Ocean Pearl, Ocean Sapphire and Ocean Emerald). It recently renewed the fractional ownership programme for Ocean Pearl for another eight years. As a result of this experience, Floating Life co-founder Andrea Pezzini made the decision to put the knowledge and expertise he has built up to good use by devoting himself to yacht design.