Monthly Archives: April 2012

Learning through living and than back again… Real Talk!

When I was a kid growing up on a small beach community in Silver Strand Oxnard, CA not much bigger than a mile long by 200 yards wide; A bit querky thinking of Real estate whilst my peers where thinking of Video Games.  “Notice I didn’t says girls as I was all aboard that train”  Silver Strand had a plethora of gorgeous homes and all were pretty much 30 seconds walk to the water.  I had my favorite house.  It wasn’t the biggest.  As a matter of fact it might have been the smallest.  It was dilapidated; paint chipping off the front exterior and the lot was half the width as the neighbors which were towering over it three stories high with roof decks.  But it was right on the sand.  I would stand there staring at the houses comparing them to what I expected my needs would be when I was old enough and had accumulated enough responsibilities to buy a home of my own.  I had realized that I wanted a that house and only wanted to have what I needed.  Growing older “what I needed” quickly turned to what I wanted.  I have been fortunate enough to get most of the things I thought I wanted at least before I wanted something else more.  Coming full circle with a child of my own now I want the same thing I wanted when I was 11 years old.  I want a small chipped paint cottage like house on the sand.  Very much like my younger self I will receive exactly what I really want and more.  Through hard work “sleeves rolled” Hot summers sweat on my brow and having a great time working towards my goals.  Isn’t that what life is about.

Now that’s what I’m talking about.

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This blog entry is dedicated to honoring one of the best ways you can spend 24 hours: the overnight backpacking trip.  All you need is three or four good friends, a sleeping bag, pancake mix (trust me on this one), some food (you will always be starving so it doesn’t really matter what it is), hot sauce (makes any meal THAT much better), a pair of hiking boots, and a pack of cards.  Oh, and you’ll want your camera too to capture the ensuing amazingness.  Could not be any simpler.  And therein lies the beauty of the overnight backpacking trip.  You don’t have to bother with much of the gear/food/clothes/etc. that you would need for a longer time out in the woods.  Get dirty or wet?  Who cares – you’ll be back tomorrow!  Minimal planning is required; all you need is to pick a track and find a way to…

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BMT Nigel Gee Project Utopia superyacht awarded at Monaco Yacht Show

October 13, 2011

BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of the BMT Group, had a success with its avant-garde concept design, Project Utopia superyacht, developed together with Yacht Island Design and revealed at Monaco Yacht Show 2011. The SuperYacht Owners’ Guide (SYOG) newly launched awards presented two categories: “Contribution to Superyacht Knowledge”, won by Dominion Consultants and “Superyacht Design of the Future”, picked up by BMT and Yacht Island Design.

Project Utopia superyacht presented by BMT Nigel Gee and Yacht Island Design

Project Utopia superyacht presented by BMT Nigel Gee and Yacht Island Design

James Roy, Yacht Design Director at BMT Nigel Gee explains: “The level of enthusiasm around Project Utopia superyacht has been overwhelming and it’s great that the judging panel of these awards has recognised and duly credited the concept as a real and possible vision of the future.  The origin of Utopia yacht came from a client’s brief which was to have ‘a piece of floating real estate that could be moved between nice locations’.  I remember very clearly a moment of excitement when the design team realised that the project would not necessarily have to end up looking like a traditional yacht.  However, that particular brief evolved into a need to travel at speed, which forced the design into a more traditional form.

Project Utopia superyacht presented by BMT Nigel Gee and Yacht Island Design

Project Utopia superyacht presented by BMT Nigel Gee and Yacht Island Design

Project Utopia superyacht presented by BMT Nigel Gee and Yacht Island Design

Project Utopia superyacht presented by BMT Nigel Gee and Yacht Island Design

Nevertheless, the seed to create a project outside the bounds of normal proportion and form had been sown and the intervening years saw us take inspiration from all areas of naval architecture.  We concluded that if we removed the perception that a yacht had to be a mode of transport then the creative envelope could open up considerably.”

Project Utopia superyacht presented by BMT Nigel Gee and Yacht Island Design

Project Utopia superyacht presented by BMT Nigel Gee and Yacht Island Design

Measuring 100m in length and breadth, and spanning over 11 decks with the equivalent volume of a present-day cruise liner, there is enough space to create an entire micronation. The Project Utopia megayacht design is based on a four legged platform employing the same principals of any small waterplane area design for minimum motions in even the most extreme sea conditions. Each leg supports a fully azimuthing thruster and with four such units, the design can redeploy between desired locations at slow speeds. A large central structure bisects the water surface acting as the conduit for the mooring system which is a critical element of the design, as well as housing a wet dock for access by tenders. In addition to tender access the design features multiple helicopter pads.

Project Utopia superyacht presented by BMT Nigel Gee and Yacht Island Design

Project Utopia superyacht presented by BMT Nigel Gee and Yacht Island Design

James Roy concludes: “Whilst Utopia yacht has been conceptualised within a yacht context that in itself is not a particularly defining label to give such a design.  We see greater application in floating resorts, casinos, or adapting the label of a ‘yacht’ to a ‘personal island’, coming back to the brief that inspired the project – a piece of floating real estate”.