Winner of this year’s prestigious International Superyacht Society (ISS) Leadership Award, British designer Tim Heywood shares his thoughts on design with AMELS. After working with the legendary Jon Bannenberg, he started Tim Heywood Designs in 1996. Since then, around 40 of his designs have left the yards of the world’s top shipbuilders, including 2016 deliveries of a 74 and an 83-metre AMELS Limited Editions as well as iconic yachts like PELORUS built at Lürssen.
On winning the ISS Leadership Award
“It was quite a surprise. I remember going to Fort Lauderdale with Jon Bannenberg in 1998 when he received the same award, so I feel genuinely honoured.”
The enduring Tim Heywood signature
“The work that I have done, I have tried to be unique and original. The flowing lines which I describe as athletically feminine are not necessarily the easiest forms to build, but I do believe that the end results are beautiful and timeless.”
Creating the largest superyachts
“The larger the boat, the more flowing lines you can create. I like to design the exterior so that it’s a complete harmonisation of lines from the bow to the stern. You can see the features running right the way through the boat. The longer that is, the more graceful these lines can be become. It’s wonderful to be involved in the industry at a time when people invest in such grand motor yachts.”
Role of the superyacht designer
“The designer’s job is, I think, to come up with the original concept and then follow it through and complete every detail – right down to the teak-topped bollards, which is a particular favourite of mine, to whether the surround of the anchor recess has a radius corner or a sharp corner. I still work all the hours under the sun to create all the details and supervise the build. But I still love what I do.”
Six Tim Heywood designs in the AMELS Limited Editions range
“I think the Limited Editions range has had a very large impact on the industry. The fast delivery and the total package without starting from scratch has made very high quality superyacht ownership more attractive for more people.
“I think other shipyards have seen AMELS’ success and that’s also changed the industry. The idea of building with modern production processes has definitely become more widely thought of at the highest level of yacht ownership because of AMELS.”