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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Yacht Design & Engineering
TOP: MY Paraffin – one of the many yachts forming part of the SDSI portfolio. LEFT: The SDSI team use a unique combination of methodology, technology and resources to save the customer both time and money. RIGHT: The engineering scheme comprises detail design, including assembly and layout drawings, as well as interior production drawings.
SDSI: Engineering your SuperYacht interior TEXT: JULIE LINDÉN | PHOTOS: SDSI
With a long history in yacht engineering, SDSI engineering and drawing studio prides itself on luxurious, modern and classic designs fit for a multitude of extraordinary yachts. Collaborating with some of the world’s most famous interior designers, the studio’s portfolio has grown to include examples such as MY Paraffin, MY Rasselas, MY Ocean Victory as well as the largest yacht ever built in the Netherlands – a true ode to greatness, if any. The studio name, an acronym for Support, Design, Styling and Illustration, is perhaps the best descriptor of the multiple disciplines that make up individual parts of the company’s esteemed portfolio work. Having worked on yachts from 40 to 100 metres (as well as a few even longer examples), SDSI is backed by 17 years of experience in all disciplines, and is keen to constantly refine and perfect the method-
ology and technology to support demanding customers. SDSI has decided to focus as much energy as possible towards the initial engineering designs and drawings enabling further design processes. The unique combination of methodology, technology and resources enables the customer to save both time and money. “Thinking in an engineering kind of way,” SDSI founder Erik van Dongen enthuses, “has made it possible for us to be both more effective and efficient in delivering better systems and designs, without spending extra money.” Although the super yacht industry is not immediately associated with a lack of funds, it is imperative to SDSI not to waste assets that could, and in all respects should, be used to provide best value for money. “There’s definitely a flexible thought behind it as well, tailored to suit customers
and end-users’ needs,” van Dongen says, never underestimating that in an industry so pinned on wealth, there is value in quality thinking. That is also why the company has enjoyed great success in refitting engineering systems altogether, as owners can lengthen the lives of their yachts in close collaboration with SDSI’s engineers, all trained in separate disciplines. As of today, the engineering scheme comprises detail design, including assembly and layout drawings, as well as interior production drawings. This also includes any other technical overviews needed, forming a process van Dongen says is “powered by finding optimal, integrated solutions and great design matches.” “Looking for solutions that best match the client and their yacht – that’s what it’s all about.” www.sdsi.nl
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