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History

 

The Artist's interests in boats and the sea probably stemmed from having small boats during his high school years. A twelve foot (3.66 m) runabout with a four foot (1.22 m) beam, three foot (.91 m) front deck and steering position along with a thirty HP Mercury outboard motor was his first delight. At that time he also had a 10 foot (3.05m) hydroplane and would share the thrity HP outboard between them. The runabout was fast and could tow skiers. The hydroplane was blindingly fast and at that time could attain speeds of forty knots or more on the bay with a two or three inch chop (little wave crests). After high school he sold the boats to help pay his college tuition.

Many years passed while his interest in boats lay dormant. In the early nineties, once again he began to feel pull of the sea.

"I first thought about designing my own yacht in 1995 with a loose idea of a sixty by twenty foot (18.28 m by 6.1 m) catamaran. Over the course of two years I laid out a basic deck plan on my computers using various graphics programs. The deck plans included silhouettes of the new boat, living area, a bedroom, living room, kitchen, etc., and a pilothouse area on the main level with additional small bedrooms on the two lower hull areas of the catamaran forward of the engine rooms. For my graphic representations I decided to use raster graphics instead of vector based graphics simply because no one else would do it that way. My concept was of a live aboard speedy yacht for two people. It wasn't long before I realized I was giving up a lot of useful space inbetween the two hulls. I changed my design to a single hull and gained the extra space between them. This caused me to rethink the entire lower deck area to utilize the extra space for additional living areas.

"I wasn't the end but the beginning. Soon I realized how small the rooms were in reality, not comparable to the rooms in even the smallest houses on land. And of course closets were needed, too, which cut down on the size of the already small bedrooms. So I scaled the boat up a a bit by adding a second deck above the main living area. Having that additional space for a higher level pilot house freed up that amount of space on the main level.

"Everything still felt cramped when I started to layout walls between the different areas so I decide to increase the beam. Now I had a basic layout for a sixty by twenty eight foot (18.28 m by 6.1 m) yacht with a supplementary lower deck with extra bedrooms. Then, again, I began to play with the silhouette of the yacht. I was calling it a yacht now instead of a boat.

"Over the next several years I did a lot of reasearch into hull shapes, mostly V-hulls and semi-V hulls, even rounded hulls like sailboats. Of course that gave me the idea of sails but at what cost - speed. Given my age, I was in my fifties, I had less need for raw excitement so it seemed an okay tradeoff for a personal, liveaboard yacht. Eventually after examining modern hulls and hulls created throughout the ages including the Indian Dhow, I decided that a Chinese Junk hull, a four thousand year old technology, would be best for this application: a highly stable, moderately fast, heavy sailing vessel with a very wide beam and flat bottom.

"Slower speeds pushed me towards even more internal space and I increased the beam to thirty three feet (10.06 m) and the length to seventy two feet (21.95 m). During this time I expanded my concepts to include using land-based appliances and land-like spaciousness. Another deck seemed like a good idea.

"By 2000 the yacht had three decks with the lower supplemental space being given entirely to the engine rooms, fuel rooms, fresh water tank and gray water tank rooms. I also placed all the other electro mechanical devices necessary for liveaboard comfort: generators, water heaters, desalinization units and the like into their own separate compartments. I wasn't satisfied with the walls of the interior being so angled because a lot of space seemed wasted. I began to look at the exterior and the silhouette of the yacht yet another time.

"It was sleek and somewhat tubular looking but once I gave the superstructure more vertical lines it changed once into something else which offered more exciting concepts: multiple apartments. I added a fourth deck by moving the pilot house up yet another level. Of course now the pilot house needed an extra living area for the Captain I now envisioned as sometimes being someone other than myself. Needing more space on the pilot house deck drew me towards making the yacht look like a huge Volkswagen. This idea would increase internal space and radically change the developing yacht into looking more like a land-based house with rounded corners and extended length. It was getting bigger every year and each year led to greater experimentation with each of the layouts of the different decks. I kept rearranging the deck spaces until I arrived at some uniformity between them, turning each deck into a separate living area. Then I hit on the idea of the apartment yacht.

"By 2005 or so I realized that an apartment yacht could provide living space for a number of families, making the financial upkeep of the yacht less of a burden on each of the family groups who may want to live on the water.

"So by 2006 I had a concept three unit apartment yacht with a pilot house and Captain's quarters above the top apartment and mechanical areas below the lowest living level which was at the waterline. I thought I might build this yacht and spread the costs around for the build and later maintenance by selling shares in a condo or coop-like corporation.

"In 2007 and '08 I went retro, back to my original ideas and thought of other ways to use what turned out to be a huge volume of internal spaces, like an unfilled warehouse. I went back to the idea of my own personal liveaboard yacht with vastly expanded space which would make room for massive closets and huge rooms. These kinds of amenities are not available on all but the largest yachts but my yacht was still only seventy two feet by thirty three feet (21.95 m by 10.06 m). The enormous height also posed some problems: stability. I fixed this by extending the area below the waterline to nine feet (2.74 m) deep and recommending (to myself) the use of heavier construction materials, which I now decided would be steel. I designed into the hull structure built in triangular (for added strength) beams connecting the three structural supports which ran the length of the yacht. Welded from 50 mm steel and hollow, in addition to super strength, these structures provide for ballasting which would lower the center of gravity of the boat to very near the waterline, perfect for stability and self-righting behavior if the yacht ever capsized. I also doubled the hull below the waterline for extra strength, mass, durability and safety against hull penetrating accidents. The doubled hulls also can act as storage space for huge amounts of extra fuel as do the double hulls of tugboats.

"Another couple of years fine tuning the deck layouts made me realize that the yacht needed an elevator system and storage for a car below the main deck. This would ruin the lowest deck at waterline for use as an apartment so I began to devise other options for transporting an automobile. Soon I had the idea of incorporating a transportable business into a personal version of the liveaboard yacht and I developed the deck plans for a combination liveaboard on the upper levels and a restaurant or coffee house on the main deck and part of the next higher deck. I've had friends over the years who owned coffee shops in major cities and fancied myself as a coffee house owner. I thought, what a great way to travel the world and cover all expenses by opening up a temporary coffee house in whatever city I docked in for whatever time I wanted to spend there, applying for the necessary permits in advance of my arrival. The main thing I dislike about moving on land all the time, and I've moved perhaps fifteen times in my life, is all the problems with moving my material possessions which, over the years, have accumulated to ridiculous proportions. What better way to live than to travel by boat and never again have to move my belongings. For extra public space in the restaurant/coffe house area I designed walls that could fall away from the hull and offer extra platforms for more tables and chairs, giving it an indoor-outdoor atmosphere.

"By 2010 I had developed three discrete variations of my yacht: a personal liveaboard with huge spaces, a liveaboard restaurant/coffee house yacht and a three apartment (three plex) yacht in which two of the three apartments could be subdivided into two smaller ones, leaving the main level apartment, a sixteen hundred square foot space (148.65 square meters), for the use of myself and my Wife. Of course I couldn't pass up the additional humorous idea of a party boat after the Charlie Sheen spectacle in 2011. My party boat model is for the pleasure of people who love to party and would like to do it on water. Good for a corporate yacht, too.

"I understood that many of the ideas for these different purpose designed yachts could be combined and in the final developments of each of them you'll find that whatever was useful in one variation often had application in others.

"In 2011 I realized that if I applied my artistic talents to all the yachts I could present them or versions of each, as art. Then I designed the graphics, put everything together and present to you: T A Y A , Technical Archtectural Yacht Art.

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