Projects

Face-lift for Mana Moana

Face-lift for Mana Moana

For a vessel that began life as a Swedish torpedo boat, the 80′ private expedition vessel, Mana Moana, now radiates luxury. Our team were engaged part way through the build to carry out key adjustments in the general arrangement and to undertake a concept interior design to suit the client’s requirements. We look forward to seeing her completed and hitting the water. Read more.    ...

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RIB super yacht project underway

RIB super yacht project underway

Construction of our innovative 9m lightweight RIB super yacht design is well underway. Although we can’t currently share too many details about the project, we’ll be excited to see this composite, explorer-type vessel on the water soon! The project design has been in conjunction with naval architects, Stimson Yacht design, and structural engineers,...

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Floatel a new take on luxury at sea

Floatel a new take on luxury at sea

In conjunction with Christian Stimson Naval Architects, Kit Carlier Design has been enlisted by Hopper Developments to undertake the exterior and interior design for a green, progressive project that will see ocean-bound luxury lovers reconsider how they choose to spend their time on the water. Exuding clean lines, modernity and style, the Floatel redefines the concept of an ‘ocean view suite’. Key to the concept is its accessibility. Powered by electric outboards located both fore and aft, guests are able to use a joystick to ‘point and go’, with training for each guest to take no more than 30 minutes when they check-in. This slick design encapsulates freedom, putting the decisions back in a guest’s hands as they glide from bay to cove – charting their own course. The mezzanine enables light to pour in and filter through the whole structure, while the teak flooring flows throughout the vessel from the rear deck to the forward steps, providing a large open feel when the aft doors are open, and a traditional nautical feel. A sun-worshippers dream, sun pads grace the roof for long days spent luxuriating in the warmth while built-in solar panels serve to power the launch’s systems. We look forward to updating you on progress in the...

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Kraken Yachts – Kraken 66

Kraken Yachts – Kraken 66

Working in collaboration with the Team at Kraken Yachts and well renowned yacht designer Kevin Dibley – We took the K66 concept from its preliminary drawings and developed it into a 3D model allowing us to produce renderings. Interior development can now proceed ....

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268E ELECTRIC SUPER YACHT TENDER

268E ELECTRIC SUPER YACHT TENDER

With the case for operational efficiency in yachting increasingly gaining traction, The team at Kit Carlier Design have created an all-electric tender. Our goal was to create a tender which was able to operate with 100% electric propulsion – not a hybrid – and perform to a high level, making it a real candidate to replace diesel tenders on board. With low emissions a pertinent topic for many owners, We have approached the project from all angles to ensure the entire build process is environmentally friendly with a low-carbon end product, in keeping with its 100% Pure New Zealand origin. Director and Designer, Kit Carlier’s keen interest in new technologies led him to develop the concept. “After taking a Tesla Model S for a test drive, with its combination of epic performance undertaken in silence and luxury, with no emissions and low running costs. I began to questioned why we hadn’t seen something similar in the marine industry at this level,” says Carlier. Frustrated with hybrid electric tenders currently on the market, which act more as showpieces than everyday guest tenders, due to their slow speed, short run times and lack of aesthetic tie-in to the mothership, Carlier created a concept that was gentle on the environment without compromising on performance. The jet-driven tender will reach maximum speeds of 35 knots with a one-hour range at that speed, and two-hour range at 20 knots cruising speed. The lightweight vessel can be built as a 6.2m model, or 8.2m. The benefits of the design are immediately obvious to guests, once on board. There is no need for petrol or diesel to run the tender and this means no exhaust fumes or fuel residue in the water when idling or diving, and virtually silent running, bar the sound of waves on the hull. For the owner, the tender is cost-effective to maintain and operate, and recharges from the mothership. It’s been designed to fit easily into most tender garages and is even compliant with the stringent new US emissions legislation. Every aspect of the build has been designed holistically, from the materials used in its construction, through to finishes, and propulsion. The team was determined to create a truly green build, without detriment to the final build quality and performance. Custom and Luxury Rib manufacturer JP Ribs have added the 268E to their range and we look forward to seeing it out on the water shortly. www.jpribs.com...

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JUGGERNAUT 17.0

JUGGERNAUT 17.0

The team at Kit Carlier Design have created the ‘Juggernaut 17.0’, a high performance tender using a military platform capable of 65+Knots. This was developed after discussions with a potential client who was unable to find a military style vessel that fitted the brief. The Juggernaut 17.0 was designed to head offshore to favorite locations in an Adrenalin filled outing, entertain and return back to the mother-ship or marina in the same manner. Occupants are seated in shock mitigating, harnessed seats and protected by the semi enclosed console which is accessed through port and starboard double plug doors.  Located beneath the dash is a head accessed from the front of the console. There are two sun-pads located on board. The larger sun-pad forward of the console offers a comfortable entertaining space while the smaller sun-pad aft offers a place to sunbathe....

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‘Chimera’ 14.5 meter superyacht limousine

‘Chimera’ 14.5 meter superyacht limousine

Chimera is our latest concept.  A limousine inspired by the gentleman’s racers of the 1920s and 30s. The 14.5 metre limousine is an effortless blend of classic design elements and contemporary styling wrapped around an extremely modern propulsion and electronics package. Passengers are safely tucked away in its palatial private interior while being chauffeured from a port helm station positioned forward; a styling cue taken from a bygone era when chauffeurs drove sans-roof with passengers cocooned in the rear. “We wanted to create something that was pure, uncompromised luxury; something that harked back to times when design represented luxury and glamour, but all this to be wrapped around a state of the art propulsion and vessel management system,” The clean styling of the interior is luxurious without being ostentatious, giving the opulence expected of a limousine.  Entertainment, lighting and access to wireless communication and Bluetooth are available throughout the limo via touch screens located from the helm to the main cabin, and also via the vessel’s own app which allows smart devices to access the vessel’s facilities without passengers having to leave the comfort of their own seat. The forward internal landing allows access to a generous luggage space which in different configurations could contain a day-head, and provides access to the helm and forward boarding points. There are a range of variations available to fit individual client requirements, including a layout accommodating 12 passengers. Chimera was designed to offer the three key propulsion options available, from the conventional common rail turbo diesel engines, to a diesel/electric hybrid, and with the investigation of a fully electric package underway. Weight is kept to a minimum by the use of modern construction methods and use of high-tech composite materials, a design insight gained by Carlier’s years of experience in the superyacht and boat-building...

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Salthouse Next Generation Boats – Icon 54S

Salthouse Next Generation Boats – Icon 54S

  The team at Kit Carlier Design have been working with Salthouse Next Generation boats in the complete development of the Salthouse Icon 54S. http://blog.salthousecorsair.co.nz/2015/04/press-realease-salthouse-set-to-release.html  ...

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S/Y Encore

S/Y Encore

From the very first meeting with the owner’s team, there was a special connection that developed with the clients. This translated into a clear and precise brief from the Owner with the interior key words being a modern update on a classic Ralph Lauren inspired gentleman’s yacht club. With a very clear vision in mind, the first step was to review the general arrangement from both an interior styling aspect and for ergonomics and functionality. For us personally this is critical, as we believe that good interior design needs to be not only fit for purpose, but also the styling needs to be reflected in the 2d layout / plan as much as it is in the finished applied materials. In direct consultation with the owners, several key areas were redesigned during this phase such as the owner’s cabin where stair lines & bulkheads were straightened up, deckheads were levelled, hanging lockers reconfigured and the seating and writing desks switched to maximise space and to enhance the modern styling. The desk was changed to a cantilevered design so that when in use the owner was positioned centrally on the port lights, and the desk chair could be stowed cleanly for clear unimpeded access through to the Ensuite. These design changes are fundamental in providing a foundation that let the modern styling shine through. It was very important to the owner’s that all of the styling and materials throughout both the interior and exterior of the yacht were considered in unison. Every detail from the textiles to the stone selection, hardware & plumbing fixtures, carpets & lighting were looked at cohesively. This phase was driven strongly by the owners and we consider our role here was really only to guide and assist with the overall selections and translate them back into the final design. Especially given that the owner had such an amazing innate ability and intuitive response to selecting the materials that they loved, so it really was a true collaboration between us. Working closely with Guillermo Martinez at Ralph Lauren in New York, all of the furniture and mirrors throughout the Ensuites were customised especially to suit the proportions of the yachts interior. Again, special attention was paid to the small details right down to the nail head trims and the finishing of the furniture legs. In addition, a number of small details and key elements were designed especially for the owners such as the leather wrapped handrails with the stainless steel capping details & stanchions, which were designed to complement the Ralph Lauren wall sconces. The leather that features on these handrails and throughout the interior on headboards & writing desks was also especially created for the project. The framed and upholstered wall panels above the headboards were another key element that unifies the styling and selected materials whilst creating a backdrop to enhance the owner’s exquisite nautical themed artwork. Once all of the styling details and material selection where finalised, we prepared a final computer generated rendering / visualisation which was then sent to the owners as a kind of sneak peek preview of what the finished result would be. This was truly a collaborative project, and it was an absolute pleasure to work alongside the owners, who were instrumental in bringing their vision for the...

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17mtr Luxury Production Yacht

17mtr Luxury Production Yacht

This 17 metre semi-production luxury motor yacht was developed with Odyssey Yacht Design Studio, for a client who wanted to use an existing high speed platform capable of over 65 knots, but have the treatment usually seen on super yachts. The interior finishes use a mixture of high quality leather, iridium details, carbon and onyx, coupled with modern high-tech construction methods to ensure weight was kept to a minimum. The exterior structure used high-tech materials, including carbon and foam core to keep weight down and strength up. The option shown in these renders was in Lamborghini’s ‘balloon white’ with bronze carbon superstructure hoops. The side glass is designed to retract below decks and the large carbon roof section slides open creating a feel of connection with the yachts surroundings. With Kit’s experience in the construction of vessels such as this, all components were developed to a point where files could be sent to be 5-axis cut and detailed as to how they would be assembled during construction....

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