TRENDS

Opac­mare’s Trans­former turns swim plat­forms into mul­ti­func­tional spa­ces.

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The Trans­former from Opac­mare turns a swim plat­form into a dive plat­form, a sub­merged teak beach and more.

pac­mare orig­i­nally en­vi­sioned its Trans­former as an ar­ti­fi­cial pri­vate beach, al­low­ing guests to move in and out of the wa­ter. It be­came much more when lift­ing and gang­way func­tions were added, and when cus­tom re­quests fur­ther tweaked the con­cept — with­out mar­ring its in­tended look. ¶ “When it’s closed, it’s per­fectly flush with the tran­som,” says Cristina Moisa, Opac­mare’s sales and mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive. “No­body would guess there’s a me­chan­i­cal sys­tem hid­den be­low.” ¶ That sys­tem lifts the mov­able plat­form in a yacht’s tran­som up and out, or up, out and down into the wa­ter. ¶ The big­gest de­sign hur­dle was ro­tat­ing the plat­form through 360 de­grees and sup­port­ing all of the Trans­former’s

Ode­sign func­tion­al­ity. At the time, Moisa says, that kind of ac­tu­a­tor didn’t ex­ist, so Opac­mare part­nered with a Ger­man sup­plier. ¶ To­day, each Trans­former-se­ries model of­fers dif­fer­ent spec­i­fi­ca­tions and op­tions. “One cus­tomer [re­quested] a Trans­former that could move his Bent­ley from the dock to the boat’s garage,” Moisa says. “It some­how im­proves the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the boat and its users.” ¶ While early-gen­er­a­tion Trans­former plat­forms were semi­cus­tom and de­signed for globe-girdling su­pery­achts, the Ital­ian com­pany now has Trans­former plat­forms for yachts of all lengths and styles that can be in­stalled dur­ing new builds or re­fits.

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