Yacht Designer Dream Kit | NAVIS October / November 2021


Turning ideas into visuals is the hallmark of yacht designers who are adept at extracting innovation from the mind and turning it into a detailed graphic representation of their vision.

Many tools have the ability to transfer the biological process of creation into an analog surface, a paper. At NAVIS, we’ve followed our curiosity to find out what tools renowned yacht designers use to turn an idea into something others can understand. For this reason, we reached out to designers German Frers, Rob Doyle and David Levy, head of the NAVIS Yacht Design division, to understand their preferred design process and tools. We have focused on designers who still use the traditional method of drawing and sketching their ideas by hand, because we believe that the art of hand drawing is one of the most versatile and versatile ways. beautiful to express an idea.

With a history of designing successful racing yachts and currently competing in med season races aboard the S / Y Recluta, designer German Frers comments:
“My working tools are tracing paper, the ideal was K&E“ Albanene ”for its texture and resistance to the elements. Also yellow or transparent 12 “wide marker rolls and markers of all brands, ideally Stabilo Pilot high Tech Point. Soft pencils, 0.5mm mechanical pencils or whatever I can get my hands on, with a pencil Many sketches are done on hull plan prints created with Macsurf programs or 3D surface prints created with Siemens NX or AutoCAD 2D All of these sketches are freehand, of course.

An old friend of NAVIS, yacht designer Rob Doyle, who presented a new sailboat project at the Monaco Yacht Show a few weeks ago, commented on his creative process.
“Perfect design tools start with ‘the eye of the mind’ and translate that to paper. It’s a skill set that took two decades to master and being able to get a simple, close-to-reality sketch is so rewarding. It starts with the Staedtler 0.5mm HB mechanical pencil and the Sharpie Ultrafine. Next are the 2D master curves which ensure that your 3D is not drawn by the 3D computer software package and gives you time to think through the design. You have to be your own critic and make the difficult decision to go back for the results you want, or to pull out completely and start over. You have to really love and be excited about your own work. Merging in 3D to get the look of the real world and understand what you really see in real life is important at this point, highlighting the key elements to make your concept pop and impress the customer! “

Yacht Designer Rob Doyle

Navis Yachts recently made public its own yacht design division, and David Levy, Navis’ design team leader, sums up the delicate process he uses to capture conceptual design elements:

“The best creations are made using an elegant balance between chaos and order. As a metaphor for these two elements, I like to use analog tools that are usually contrasting: a waterproof pen with fine line black ink, a very large and modern dark gray Japanese ink brush, and white gouache for the highlights. . The use of ink creates a very dogmatic reality, applying the concept that a design is good or not. It also means having a constant fresh eye and seeing original patterns that can arise from the contrasts created. The sketches created should be kept simple but striking, so that they do not get stuck and hamper the ensuing digital process.

Specific tools that I use:

  • Pentel Gray Art Brush
  • Pentel Presto White Concealer
  • Stabilo Sensor black pen

Yacht design by David Levy, NAVIS Yacht Designer

As a result of our research, we decided to study the market to identify the perfect tool set which we believe is the Designers Dream Kit for this essential step in the design process.

The NAVIS Designer Dream Kit should contain the essential tools and elements necessary to translate ideas with clarity and precision. Finely tuned and balanced instruments provide a yacht designer with the equipment required to bring structural components and convert meticulous compositions of the eye of the mind and bring them to life.

The first element of the Designers’ Dream Kit should be a pencil, the essential tool to fully interpret a designer’s complex creation. After extensive research, NAVIS recommends the following pencil because of its quality, precision, and presentation as the ultimate designer pencil:

1. Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil

A design that delights and impresses, premium cedar wood is available in a selection of colors and perfectly balanced for drawing or writing. The perfect pencil provides a better grip with a ribbed design. Everything you need is right at your fingertips with an eraser and sharpener built into the sleek silver pencil cap.

Every designer knows that a single pencil is the essential first step in the process, but as a tool it is limited to expressing the limitless possibilities of creativity. By analyzing the set of tools that will follow the pencil step, and based on what we learn from the designers we interviewed, we knew that we would need a full set of tools to adapt. for any graphic intent. The number of tools available on the market is vast, starting with inks, watercolors to an unlimited range of pastels and oils. But we were looking for a kit that will meet most designers’ desires right after pencil work. Once again, we found this toolkit among Faber-Castell’s unique products.

Perfect Pencil Graf von Faber-Castell Review

2. Monochrome Faber-Castel Pitt® assortment – Wooden case of 77

A full line of classic design products and materials are conveniently housed in an elegant wooden crate. The Pitt Monochrome assortment contains 77 products among pencils, pastels, charcoals, oils, graphites, erasers, sharpeners and many accessories that will be the designer’s ultimate companion for renderings on paper and architectural compositions.

The technical drawings of the naval architecture, interiors and exterior lines of superyachts are brought to life by the skills of talented yacht designers. In addition to the technical and aesthetic details, the imagery must support the initial concept through to the manufacturing process. Have a designer dream kit containing the perfect Graf von Faber-Castell pencil and the monochrome Pitt

The assortment at your fingertips will allow designs to flow freely and effortlessly translate concepts into tangible visual impressions, collaborating and defining the future of yacht design.

Graf von Faber-Castell Monochrome assortment 77 Box review

Photos: David Levi, German Frers, Rob Doyle, Richard Beer,
Matias Ferrero, Pablo Ferrero | Lyrics: Emma Hersh, Pablo Ferrero


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