SCOUT has been delivered in 2019 and measures 63.72-metres with a beam of 11.6 metres and a draft of 3.36 metres. She features interior and exterior design by Jonny Horsfield and his team at the British design studio, H2 Yacht Design with Diana Yacht Design responsible for her naval architecture.
SCOUT is the largest yacht in the Hakvoort fleet. Built for an experienced owner who was inspired by the iconic 1950s movie, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the yard, owner’s team and designers closely collaborated on every aspect of her exterior and interior design. The result is a unique, Dutch-built superyacht, with a strong vintage maritime aesthetic that stays authentic to the owner’s vision.
“The client was closely involved throughout the whole process and had a very clear idea of what aesthetic he was looking for both inside and out,” states Jonny Horsfield, Founder of H2 Yacht Design in London. “The overall interior aesthetic can best be described as Jules Verne meets Ian Fleming meets Fritz Lang. We were inspired by the underwater world, sea creatures, and this industrial, nautical design philosophy – with a hint of a Bond villain’s lair.”
Designer Jonny Horsfield: “The overall interior aesthetic can best be described as Jules Verne meets Ian Fleming meets Fritz Lang. We were inspired by the underwater world, sea creatures, and this industrial, nautical design philosophy – with a hint of a Bond villain’s lair.”
So, we had to create structures in metal that looked vintage, old with patina and special effects. We used liquid metal and our own creativity and knowledge to get the desired effect. After some sampling, the client and designer approved and we started the production.
Next to this we had to clean/fix and update vintage old phones, diving helmets, master switches and so on.
Also, the designer asked us to find a solution for the owner’s lounge ceiling. The owners asked for 2 simple things, 1. during the day the want to have the feeling that the sun was shining in the lounge, 2. In the evening they wanted to see the stars.
This was just not possible due to the fact that we have more decks above the lounge. So, we came up with a unique solution! We designed a custom round television in the ceiling. But that was a major challenge!
Some production challenges and steps:
– Take measurements and look at the actual situation (always different than drawings)
– Create a solid base from lightweight wood in the ceiling (complete thing is 11m2 round)
– Use of special super yacht wires (fireproof and within the correct requirements)
– Write custom software for changing images and videos (give training to crew)
– Find a way how to have a solid and safe solution to withstand the rough sea environment.
– Use strong and lightweight/soft material to prevent rattling/contact sounds.
After a lot of testing and working with mm we came up with a solution. Keep in mind that a 11m2 TV screen above your head on s super yacht is not a 1,2,3, job. The overall effect is amazing and exceeded the client wishes.
For the gym and owner’s bedroom, we got the question if it would be possible to create a ceiling that looks like water! For a yacht we need to keep a few things in mind, the highest quality, custom and handmade, perfect fit, seamless “preferable”, and lightweight.
We came up with a handmade structure that and did a lot of studies on how water reacts on sea for the best result. A lot of sculpting and testing with water was needed.
Glass next to the owner’s bed was custom designed as well. For this glass we got the question to create air bubbles in the glass. Due to double sided glass and carefully control the production process it is a spectaculair to look at.
Overall, this was a great 2019 project and perhaps one of the most challenging we did in the last decade. Our Dutch craftsmanship made this yacht a pleasant and exclusive place where the owners can feel at home everywhere in the world and meet their family, friends and have fun. Because that’s what’s yachting is about.