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BMT Nigel Gee Collaborates With Henry Ward Design

aerial1_150BMT Nigel Gee is collaborating with Henry Ward Design in the development of the  innovative ‘Recreational Island‘. In its folded position it can be stored in a tender bay of a large yacht. Measuring some 10 x 8 m when deployed, it can be towed by tender in its folded position to a preferred location, a shallow bay that the yacht cannot access, or act as a stern extension to the yacht’s existing transom platform.

An option to configure the island –  when deployed, which can be done by using standard overhead tender cranes – for use as a portable helicopter landing platform is also being investigated. Such a feature would allow existing yachts with no landing facilities, or new designs, to have a flexible facility on board, without the need to sacrifice valuable deck space.

Recognising Creativity
Henry Ward is a recent graduate of Transport Design and the concept was initiated as part of a final year project. Recognising the creativity of HW Design, BMT has invested in the undertaking of technical studies to assess technical feasibility and engineer the design further. “This project is a perfect match for BMT Nigel Gee”, comments Yacht Design Director James Roy. “We recognise that creativity drives innovation and it is encouraging to see young designers such as Henry initiating ideas such as the Recreational Island. We are strong believers in recognising that the creation and development of new ideas is best accomplished in a collaborative manner – bringing together unique capabilities to achieve the optimum result.”

Potential Applications
The team are also investigating the possibility of applying the Recreational Island into the hotel industry, as well as the military and events sectors. Henry Ward added: “We see many potential applications and whilst we continue to technically develop the design further, we are actively seeking a manufacturer who is interested in investing in the development of the product and bringing it to market.”