Diana Yacht Design is doing its bit to help solve the housing shortage.
The Dutch designers have unveiled Bluebird, a new concept for a 55-metre family home on the seas. This family apartment, with ever-shifting panoramas, is designed for extended voyages. Bluebird provides a completely private two-storey apartment, in addition to abundant space for guests elsewhere.
The freedom to change the layout, to reflect the needs of other groups, makes the Bluebird a viable option for charter purposes too. Whoever steps aboard will find the yacht’s large open decks, spacious suites and generous tender storage ideal for exploring the world in comfort. It has become an increasingly frequent phenomenon to see owners embarking on lengthy world excursions with their young children, determined to make the most of this special time in the family’s life. While this has, more usually, been on board sailing yachts, the designers and naval architects at Diana decided the time was right to offer a motoryacht version in line with this family exploration theme. The Bluebird design reflects the fact that a family grows and evolves over the years, allowing people to be moved around, as children become adults, while still remaining an integral part of the family.
A key aspect in this philosophy is the inclusion of a dedicated owner’s deck, located between the bridge and main decks. The full-beam master stateroom offers a 180-degree panoramic view forward. At the same time, a private staircase, with its own door, leads down to the forward area of the main deck, where there are two double suites for the children. The doors can be locked on both decks to create a two-floor, three-suite apartment with sea views and a gym on the owner’s deck. If the family has guests on board, and the main salon and the aft decks are being used for a party, the entire foredeck area can remain closed off. The main deck suites can be converted to accommodate more children if required, and there is also a starboard cabin in the family area for the nanny or, as is more often becoming the case on longer trips today, a school teacher.
Thought has also been given to how things might change once the kids grow up and, perhaps, have relationships of their own. The family can still keep the yacht on which so many irreplaceable memories have been made, transforming this main deck floor into suites with a double bed and bathroom. The four more guest suites on the lower deck add to the flexibility offered by this layout for owners, both today, and in the future. The main deck suites can be used as VIP areas when there are two families on board, with lots of extra room in the lower deck suites for additional guests or children. This arrangement comes into its own with charter bookings, where equality of accommodation is important.