It took time for people to realise that building another dyna rig yacht doesn’t automatically mean copying the iconic Maltese Falcon. Not even if that yacht would be of a similar size and would have 3 masts as well. It’s obvious: Do a traditional schooner and people would just say it is… well, exactly that. A traditional schooner. But if you think the dyna rig is a pretty good idea if you want a large sailing yacht that sails fast and safe and doesn’t require a huge crew… everybody will say “look, it’s like the Falcon”.

So, it’s nice to see that more designers are doing suggestions as to how the next dyna rig yacht could look like. It might suggest there are clients out there that are not afraid of being ‘accused’ of copying when all they want is making use of a really groundbreaking technology!

Apart from the rig, when designing the 90 metre sailing yacht ‘Galadriel’s Mirror’ we came up with a couple of pretty new ideas. We tried to rethink the relationship of inside and outside. We looked at the three functions of a window (let light in, allow to look in, allow to look out) and designed them according to the specific function each one had to fulfil. As a result we flood the interior with natural light by means of skylights and glass sections of deck and through ‘perforated’ topsides. We reduced the hull windows to allow clearly specified ‘looking out’ while reducing unwanted ‘looking in’. We are convinced that this will allow for an interior with completely new dimensions and introducing a totally new (elvish?) concept of volumes.

There is no more false ‘being outside’ when all you do is look through a window. When you’re outside it’s because you are on the terrace, the sundeck or you opened a shell door. And when you’re inside, you’re inside a yacht like no other.

We call it ‘Galadriel’s Mirror’, because it depends on you what you see in it.