design et al is delighted to announce shortlist success for Clear Yacht Interiors (a Clear Group International Company) in the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2015. The US-based interior design company will compete in the Sailing Yacht over 30 metres category with their project – Mari-Cha III.
As an iconic sailing yacht, Mari-Cha III arrived at Derecktor Shipyards in Connecticut, for a major overhaul on a variety of items. Clear Yacht Interiors focused on completely transforming the interior wood surfaces, removing about 85% of the interior millwork, as well as designing, repairing, fabricating and installing select joinery pieces, stainless steel elements, stonework, specialty exterior fittings, upholstered items and lighting.
The transformation of the interior surfaces included over 6500 hours of sanding, catalysed body filling, fairing, priming and painting (Imron). The extent of damage on the veneer surfaces (previously wire-brushed and refinished in a white latex paint), lead to the decision of sanding all surfaces down to wood adding thousands of hours of “zen” sanding.
This labour-intensive work achieved an overall smooth, incredibly deep luster finish with a level of perfection that exceeded expectations.
The additional custom joinery, stainless steel, stone, lighting and soft goods speciality work all contributed to a minimalist-oriented design showcasing a fluid, clean décor which purposely reflected the aerodynamic, streamlined and sleek exterior of this record-setting racing vessel.