Lots of designers have concept drawings, but not all attract megayacht builders’ attention. Van Geest Design, however, does. The latest Van Geest Design concept to do so is the VGD 80m, shown here.
At least one European builder already plans to promote it—or, rather, a version of it. Pieter Van Geest, founder of the design firm, prefers not to name names, as further yards are requesting variations in layout and/or styling. Considering the LOA of 80 meters (262 feet), it simply makes sense to remain a custom megayacht.
Regardless, given other project collaborations with megayacht builders Icon Yachts and Oceanco, among others, it’s not surprising to see this project generate interest. Van Geest Design’s approach shows that it understands well the lifestyle trends important to today’s buyers and charterers. The VGD 80m, for example, has interior and alfresco spaces on multiple decks flowing into one other.
A particularly good example is the main deck. Nearly every megayacht situates the saloon immediately inside the aft-deck doors, followed by the formal dining room. Not hthe VGD 80m, however. Since guests like soaking up every minute of being outdoors, their staterooms are on this level. This puts them paces away from the aft-deck pool. The glass edge of the pool extends down the transom, too. This should effectively make friends and family feel as if they’re floating between the seascape and the megayacht.
So where is the saloon, anyway? It’s aft on the bridge deck, along with additional entertaining space inside and out. This puts the primary relaxation area in proximity to the helipad, at the bow.
For the utmost in privacy, the owners get the VGD 80m’s upper deck to themselves. A partly shaded deck area flows into a private lounge, then on into their stateroom. Floor-to-ceiling windows (the latter on other decks, too) further bring the outside in. Fully forward and also outside, there’s a dining table, with views over the bow. All told, the VGD 80m owner’s deck comprises 320 square feet (3,445 square feet).
The owners and guests all get to enjoy a spa atmosphere below decks. The area is adjacent to the tenders and toys garage, making it easy to stay relaxed. Crewmembers’ cabins area also adjacent to the garage, just forward of it. This makes their job simpler, as do dedicated stairways for their use throughout the VGD 80m.
Even construction should be simpler. Van Geest Design calls for clean, straightforward lines.