|Nipped in the Bud|
Luiz de Basto
By George L. Petrie — February 2003
Luiz de Basto recounted for us the story of a 120-foot catamaran he designed for a client in the mid-1990's. Not only was she to be fast, with a top speed around 45 knots, but her styling would be regarded as forward-thinking even by today's standards.
Taking full advantage of an ample beam, the layout offered an owner's suite and four guest staterooms forward on the main deck, with sprawling entertainment areas aft. (Engines, galley, and crew were consigned to lower decks within the side hulls.) But the key design feature was an enormous circular sky lounge with a domed glass ceiling that sheltered an indoor pool, bar, and gymnasium. What's more, the aft half of the dome was on tracks and could be rotated forward to transform the sky lounge into a vast outdoor living area.
The client loved the design concept, and the estimated cost of $7 million was well within his means. But the design was so innovative he was concerned about being the only one in the world to own such a yacht. So the project was put on hold for more than a year while the client searched for a partner to buy a second identical yacht (perhaps hoping also to benefit from the economies of multiunit production). Failing to do so, the client abandoned the catamaran project and built a yacht of comparable size but traditional configuration. But the innovative 120-foot catamaran remains as a spectacular design that could be built today, for the right owner.
Luiz de Basto Phone: (305) 373-1500. www.luizdebasto.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.