One of the patriarchs of modern yacht design, John Bannenberg, once said that “nobody needs yachts.” Since then, his statement has been repeatedly quoted, and now his son Dickie Bannenberg and colleagues from the Bannenberg & Rowell studio say that for our difficult time this phrase of Bannenberg Sr. is relevant more than ever. However, they are confident that this will not always be the case, and in the midst of the pandemic, they created a yacht for the “beautiful far away”. The project, called Estrade, is conceived in a British-style discreet and restrained; according to the designers, it is prepared for the era of life “in sweatpants”, into which humanity has entered and will not return back. Do not agree? And glorious! “Dress as you please, but this yacht is still not about hedonism,” says Bannenberg & Rowell.
The Estrada project can hardly be called show-off: the boat has a calm exterior and is intended for a simple, relaxed and unsaturated life in close contact with the sea, if only life on board a superyacht can be called simple at all. However, the length of the vessel is only 43 m, which is more than modest by today’s standards. On board there are cabins and recreation areas for ten passengers, and its creators call the “beach club of the XXI century” a highlight of Estrade’s design. The area of this open, uncluttered area in the stern almost doubles due to the folding sections of the bulwarks, which turn it into a full deck for outdoor activities close to the water. And for those who prefer seals to sleep on sun loungers, one level higher, on the overhang of the main deck, there is a beach area, which is arranged so that companies are isolated from each other and can communicate freely.
“Positively no FOMO” – Bannenberg & Rowell says, which means “don’t be afraid to miss something important at all.” Who knows, maybe this phrase of theirs will also become winged if Estrade is embodied in the material and is able to set a new trend in the post-coronavirus era …
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