sailing yacht 2011

Lola is a concept for a 60' one-design sailing yacht. The performance-cruiser is the first in a series exploring applying architectural design concepts more directly in vehicular design. The lines of the yacht reference certain classic tenets of yacht design to maximize waterline exposure, while deferring to the inherent gracefulness of cutting edge performance-based design, such as in the reverse bow.

Where most contemporary sailing yachts consist of a standard parti –the deck, cabin, and cockpit – Lola blends these elements by using the deck as a sort of landscape surface. The deck consists of formed teak strips that flow down the length of the vessel then fold up to form the cockpit before finally turning inward to the cabin below. A unique feature on Lola is the perforated deck, which is a monococque element with fixed mini-ports to allow more consistent daylighting in the cabin. The hull and spars are constructed of carbon-fiber composite, reducing weight while maintaining performance levels. The added length of the "ducktail" stern allows a longer boom to maximize mainsail area. The interiors are finished in cherry with stainless steel hardware and fittings, with the cabin able to accommodate 6 adults for comfort cruising or 8 for racing.