Our design approach

From initial concept design following in-depth consultation with the client and his team to complete the internal layout, schematics and technical specifications.

Concept development

In this initial phase we work with the yacht designer and owner to explore how lifestyle technology can enhance the onboard experience of the owner and his guests. Our design label, LuxperienceLab, is expert in integrating cutting-edge technological innovation with the latest in artistic expression. LuxperienceLab empowers yacht owners to articulate their individual tastes through stunning interactive signature pieces.

Consultancy

We evaluate the preferences and lifestyles of our clients to gain a deeper understanding of what they will demand from their systems. We also look at what brands and technologies they already use in their homes so as to create personalised solutions that fulfil their needs on board their yachts. It is through this process of discovery and analysis, combined with a thorough understanding of which technologies are available on the market, that we create solutions that enrich the lifestyles of yacht owners.

Design Engineering

The VBH design philosophy that underlies our engineering is the objective of creating future-proof designs that accommodate not only the comprehensive requirements of the project, but which also include a system backbone that facilitates easy expansion and the implementation of new technologies.

System Specification Engineering

We aim to create detailed, itemised proposals that enable precise installation calculations. Our Technical Sales Engineers can then provide the relevant information to key stakeholders at a very early stage, facilitating precise space and system planning for a smooth and easy project start up.

The VBH Design Philosophy: planning early to save time later

VBH applies an engineering model for AV/IT systems that is simple and effective. This is based on the creation of a central ‘smart’ cable that runs the length of the yacht and to which all the subsidiary cables and hardware are connected. Referred to as the ‘backbone’, this is installed early on in the build and it is the nervous system of the network through which the individual components of the AV/IT system interact with each other.

Once installed, it allows the owner to choose any hardware he wishes, much nearer to the completion of the yacht. By distinguishing the backbone from the end-user products and services, VBH can accommodate the introduction of new technologies and the changing media habits of the owner and his guests without interrupting the yacht construction process. This approach benefits all those involved in the build.

Preparing for tomorrow, today

The design of the onboard AV/IT system begins with the configuration of the backbone. This physical installation is specified independently of the current needs of the owner and creates the foundation that ensures that users can watch, listen and interact with the media content of their wishes; any place, anywhere, anytime they want, now and in the foreseeable future.

A system is only as good as its cables

We recommend that the whole vessel is fitted with our own hybrid, multi-core cables that incorporate the very latest in cable technology including fibre optics. These future-proof cables ensure that a vessel is prepared for upcoming technologies, a matter of particular importance given the rapid advances in ultra-high definition content and screens, and the accompanying leaps in bandwidth requirements.

Three years ago we specified cabling of this type for the design of a large superyacht, and as a result in 2015 we were able to deliver the first yacht in the industry to be fully 4K capable, without the need to strip the vessel during the build for re-cabling.

We also advise the selection of multi-core cables because of their space efficiency. They are exceptionally compact, and pulling a single cable is much more time and cost-effective than pulling multiple cables. These advantages together mean that hybrid multi-core cables often represent the best value over the long term.

team spirit is an important aspect of our company

Team-spirit and a can do mentality is what characterises our team members and ensures projects run smoothly.

One planning process for all involved

We use a structured equipment implementation model that provides all those involved in the build with a clear impression of how the AV/IT system is structured and highlights where client input is required. We postpone the final decisions on end user-equipment (such as screens, speakers, displays and gaming consoles) and interfaces (control devices) as long as possible to ensure that the latest devices and technologies can be installed. An additional benefit of this model is that it also works as a communications aid between all the parties involved.

Clustering for convenience

We structure the installation of equipment in such a way that we keep disturbance to the overall yacht building process to a minimum. By pre-fabricating as much as possible in our facilities we reduce the time required for assembly on board. And by grouping equipment as much as possible outside owner and guest rooms in branch equipment centres, we minimise our impact on interior outfitters and other subcontractors, further easing the process of fitting out the yacht.

We also ensure that the technology that we use and the way we install it minimises noise, heat and space requirements so as to have minimal impact on the experience of the owners and their guests.