|Nipped in the Bud|
Four custom yacht projects that never came to fruition.
By George L. Petrie — February 2003
Most of the stories that appear on these pages tell of successful projects, and the majority of custom projects do end happily, with beautiful yachts delivered to proud owners by builders and designers who are paid fairly for a job well-done. But once in a while things go awry, and sometimes it's the unhappy ending that makes for the more interesting tale. So we queried a few of the big-name custom yacht designers to see if they would share some stories of projects that never saw the light of day.
While some ventures may fail simply because of a financial setback (of either the owner or the yard), the reasons for projects dying on the vine are as diverse as the owners who commission them. Sometimes the owner's wishes are just too extreme or a radical design concept is too far ahead of its time. On occasion, the prospective client turns out to be a fraud. And we know of at least one instance where a project was the victim of political upheaval in the owner's country. Here's a sampling of the tales we were told, with thanks to the designers who were willing to share, in the hope that others might avoid such circumstances.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.