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Are you Sea Level material? Show it!

December 5, 2012 by robert in Featured, NL Excel with 0 Comments

Arouse that boat designer in you and meet Bastien Ligthart. His company, Sea Level, offers yacht makers design and engineering know-how and you a chance to shine at the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2013.

For a 3rd year running, it sponsors an “It All Starts With Design” contest. You are asked to come up with a seaworthy “gentleman’s motor yacht” for an “energetic” 60+ couple, says the Sea Level website. With 2 or 3 grandchildren tagging along on trips. A ‘family boat,’ 24 x 6.4 m., with an innovative, timeless look. “Robust. Attractive. No bells, no confetti. Sophisticated.” And with outstanding seating and sleeping comfort. Can it be more simple?

The winner gets an i-Pad and will be selected March 7 at the 2013 HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show. In 2011 and 2012, Sea Level invited designs for, respectively, a James Bond boat and an “ultimate day-boat.” Ligthart: “In 2012 we got about 50 designs. A third were serious. The 2012 winner is now an intern at our company.” Sea Level prides itself in providing yacht makers with a seamless blend of design and engineering expertise. “Our designers and engineers work in the same space,” says Ligthart, adding that encourages cross-pollination. Sea Level has worked for major Dutch power yacht makers such as Heesen Yachts, Feadship, Super Van Craft en Typhoon. In 2013, it plans to present its first sailboat, a 24-ft day-sailer.

What do designers at Sea Level look for? Jeroen van der Knaap, Sea Level’s design director: “Space, comfort, durability and a homey interior are increasingly valued on board. People increasingly favor the styling of high-end design hotels and clubs. The point is to reflect an owner’s character inside and out. We increasingly see lighter materials. And fluid shapes of glass, metal and other materials. Integrating different materials no longer disrupts the overall styling but creates a unique style!



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