The latest creation from Team for Design Enrico Gobbi
“Intriguing. Because it has a classic appeal but sporty accents. And because it manages to tuck away the roomy volumes of a much larger yacht and a displacement craft-like layout into just 42 metres. But it’s actually a semi-displacement yacht! So intriguing indeed….” Enrico Gobbi on the latest project from Team For Design, the studio he founded in his home city of Venice in 2005.
The T42, as Gobbi himself explains, was born of a twopronged necessity: “We didn’t have a design of these dimensions. At the same time, we wanted to come up with a 42-metre that had everything you could possibly find aboard a 50-metre while staying below the 500 GT mark.” The T42 has progressed far beyond the concept stage: it is a finished design that has been fully verified on an engineering level by Rossi Navi, a yard Team for Design as already penned several craft for. “It will be presented at the Monaco Yacht Show in Monte Carlo,” continues Gobbi who is quick to emphasise that the new yacht has a classic raked bow rather than the currently trendy axe bow.
“We chose what I would call a timeless bow for the T42 because I do feel that, all fashions aside, the axe bow really only suits yachts that are at least 10 metres longer and have a different spirit. In other words, the T42 is a full yacht and the traditional bow lends a sense of aerodynamicism to its entire profile.” That lightness of profile is also enhanced
by what Gobbi refers to as “little tricks” - three elongated triangular windows on the yacht’s flanks that add an extra element of dynamism to the overall impact. The four forward raked structural elements supporting the upper deck and fly are also in grey and contrast attractively with the off-white of the rest of the yacht as well as highlighting the aforementioned windows, two of which are at saloon and master suite level on the main deck. Likewise the third at lounge level on the upper deck. “But that’s not all,” adds Gobbi. “Also on the upper deck, on the port side and again at lounge level, a section of the parapet opens outwards to offer unfettered sea views.”
The master suite too has that same spectacular vista thanks to a small balcony that opens on the port side of the cabin. Yet another al fresco space to flank those on the 20 square metre upper deck terrace forward of the bridge, and the fly which stretches 14 metres in length. “There are two stairs leading up to the fly,” adds Gobbi. “We actually tried to include all the various elements you would generally find on a larger yacht on the T42, in terms of our own previous projects and also what is on the market. So we made meticulous researched all the various routes through the boat – guest and crew. How food is moved around, etc.
As a result, we have two stairs systems on the T42: one indoor and the other outdoor. As far as I know that’s unique on a 42-metre.” The T42’s interiors have a classic layout
as they stand but, as Gobbi points out, this is obviously open to modification around the owner’s requirements. Team for Design also has its own idea about the interior design. “We imagine the interiors as very light and bright,” concludes Enrico Gobbi. “I would be thinking in terms of limed maple with white stone accents.
Natural materials that would yield interiors with a modern, Italian aesthetic and in doing so also enhance spaces and volumes already unexpectedly generous for a 42-metre with a classic yet sporty spirit. A spirit that is far from conventional. Intriguing. Definitely intriguing.”