Tim Saun­ders,

Tim Saun­ders Yacht De­sign, Il­lu­sion Plus

Yachts International - - Boats Of Distinction -

I have been sig­nif­i­cantly in­volved in the con­cept orig­i­na­tion and de­sign of the Il­lu­sion Plus project from the very start. My role, while I was part­ner at Rains­ford Saun­ders De­sign, was to cre­ate a win­ning ex­te­rior de­sign and to in­no­vate a wor­thy hull plat­form. The de­sign brief made ref­er­ence to the Rolls-Royce au­to­mo­bile. As a trained au­to­mo­tive de­signer, I was de­lighted to iden­tify se­lected lines, curves and pro­por­tions em­bed­ded deep in the DNA of the Rolls-Royce brand that give their own­ers the feel­ing and per­cep­tion of power, pres­ence, per­for­mance and pres­tige.

The chal­lenge lay in cre­atively trans­lat­ing th­ese au­to­mo­tive el­e­ments into some­thing which would pos­i­tively aug­ment the aes­thetic, prac­ti­cal and safety at­tributes re­quired on board a yacht. At each step of the con­cept de­sign spi­ral, there was eval­u­a­tion and dis­cus­sion. I knew it was essen­tial to cre­ate an ex­te­rior de­sign that would stand the test of time and strike the cor­rect bal­ance be­tween cut­ting-edge ag­gres­sive lines—which typ­i­cally sug­gest the fu­ture—and the softer, more fem­i­nine lines, which tend to of­fer a more time­less qual­ity.

The ves­sel’s in­ter­nal lay­out, guest/crew cir­cu­la­tion, and place­ment of ma­chin­ery was essen­tial: a 21st-cen­tury megay­acht can be likened to a small city rather than a yacht of yesteryear. The care­fully con­sid­ered de­sign of­fers her guests vast in­ter­nal sun-kissed suites and pub­lic spa­ces with un­par­al­leled views. To fol­low in the au­to­mo­tive phi­los­o­phy, Il­lu­sion Plus is fit­ted with a pow­er­ful and cut­tingedge diesel-elec­tric Rolls-Royce power plant and Azip­ull pod drives. This hy­brid ves­sel is ca­pa­ble of great speed, ef­fi­ciency and agility, not to men­tion a dy­namic po­si­tion­ing sys­tem, all of which may be pre­cisely con­trolled at the touch of a joy­stick. tim­saun­der­sy­acht­de­sign.com

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