96: The Big BOAT Interview: Rob Doyle and Pieter Van Geest


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Could this be the future of yachting design? A trimaran nearly as wide as it is long with virtually unlimited range, as long as there is wind, water and sun. Designer Pieter Van Geest and naval architect Rob Doyle conceived Domus as a flexible platform, ideally suited for a circumnavigation (“Panamax ready” both in terms of its width and height), or a party platform. The design team says that despite its radical looks (please go to boatinternational.com for the incredible visuals), this trimaran would be easier and less expensive to build than a comparable catamaran. All systems are concentrated in the central hull, and the boat could be built in sections. Roy and Pieter, who both have a particular affinity to sailing have worked with Ron Holland in years past and now both head their own studios, in Ireland and The Netherlands respectively. They say the pendulum is swinging back to sailing, and one of the challenges is the lack of build slots. However, with everyone looking for space, a trimaran is a plausible and attractive solution, which offers plenty of space to stretch out and incorporate solar panels, batteries, and fuel cells.

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