Short Introduction

With nearly 20 years of experience in yacht building - serial production as well as one-off designs - with a focus on "composites" or aluminum and steel, the experts around Udo A. Hafner are always in demand for sensational and complex developments.

Yacht Design

iYacht GmbH employs a comprehensive and iterative process in developing yacht designs, ensuring a seamless blend of innovation, functionality, and client satisfaction. Here is an overview of how iYacht GmbH approaches the design development process

Our process begins with a thorough consultation, where our experienced design team collaborates closely with you to understand your vision, preferences, and functional requirements.

The first step involves a comprehensive analysis of your needs and desires, considering aspects such as layout preferences, lifestyle considerations, and performance expectations. We leverage state-of-the-art technology and design tools to create preliminary design concepts that serve as the foundation for your customized yacht.

These preliminary design concepts encompass a range of elements, including exterior aesthetics, interior layouts, and technological features. We prioritize innovation and functionality to ensure that your yacht not only meets but exceeds your expectations. Our iterative design process allows for feedback and refinement, ensuring that the final concept aligns perfectly with your vision.

The first steps in our yacht design process set the stage for a collaborative journey towards creating a vessel that reflects your unique style and preferences.

iYacht GmbH specializes in providing comprehensive product design services tailored to meet the unique needs of the marine and yachting industry.

Our team of highly skilled designers combines creativity with technical expertise to deliver innovative and aesthetically pleasing solutions. From conceptualization to prototyping and final production, iYacht GmbH offers a full spectrum of product design services, ensuring that each project aligns seamlessly with client specifications and market trends.

With a commitment to excellence and a deep understanding of maritime engineering, iYacht GmbH is your trusted partner for bringing cutting-edge, functional, and visually stunning products to the marine market.

 

iYacht GmbH is synonymous with luxury and sophistication in yacht interior design. Our expert team of interior designers brings a wealth of experience and creativity to curate bespoke, elegant, and functional spaces within the maritime realm. Specializing in crafting interiors that seamlessly blend opulence with practicality, iYacht GmbH transforms vessels into floating works of art.

From conceptualization to execution, our interior design services cover every aspect of yacht customization. We prioritize client collaboration, ensuring that individual preferences and lifestyle needs are seamlessly integrated into the design process. Our commitment to using high-quality materials, exquisite finishes, and innovative solutions ensures a timeless and visually stunning result.

Whether it’s a classic, contemporary, or avant-garde aesthetic, iYacht GmbH caters to diverse tastes, delivering tailor-made interior designs that elevate the yachting experience. Trust iYacht GmbH to turn your vessel into a haven of comfort, style, and unparalleled luxury through our exceptional yacht interior design services.

iYacht GmbH takes your maritime experience to the next level with our cutting-edge Virtual Reality (VR) services. As a leading provider in the yachting industry, we leverage VR technology to offer immersive and realistic virtual experiences.

Whether it’s showcasing yacht interiors, allowing clients to explore vessel layouts, or offering interactive training simulations, our VR services redefine the way stakeholders engage with maritime products and services. iYacht GmbH’s VR solutions blend innovation and functionality, providing a unique platform for design visualization, training, and marketing.

Elevate your yachting experience with iYacht’s VR services, where state-of-the-art technology meets the elegance of the high seas.

iYacht GmbH employs a comprehensive and iterative process in developing yacht designs, ensuring a seamless blend of innovation, functionality, and client satisfaction. Here is an overview of how iYacht GmbH approaches the design development process

Engineering

iYacht combines the requirements of shipbuilding basics (Naval Architecture) with production-specific criteria for the construction of individual projects through to the implementation of series up to the interface in the PDM.
iYacht is a turn-key engineering partner that always tailors the service to the needs of the manufacturer. The entire process from initial preliminary planning to handover to production and coordination with interfaces in the individual trades and with OEM partners is taken over.

Project management services tailored for the small craft yachting industry involve overseeing and coordinating various aspects of yacht-related projects to ensure successful and timely completion.

Summary of our key services:

  1. Project Planning:
    • Develop comprehensive project plans outlining objectives, scope and timelines.
    • Define project milestones and deliverables to track progress effectively.
    • Monitor and adjust timelines as needed, considering any unforeseen delays.
  2. Budgeting and Cost Control:
    • Create and manage budgets for yacht projects.
    • Implement cost control measures to stay within budget constraints.
  3. Resource Management:
    • Identify and allocate appropriate human resources.
    • Source and manage the procurement of materials, equipment, and services.
  4. Risk Management:
    • Identify potential risks and develop mitigation strategies.
  5. Communication and Collaboration:
    • Facilitate clear and consistent communication among project stakeholders.
    • Foster collaboration to enhance efficiency and resolve any issues that may arise.
  6. Client Liaison:
    • Act as a primary point of contact between the project team and the yacht owner.
    • Provide regular updates and address client concerns to maintain a positive working relationship.
  7. Post-Project Evaluation:
    • Conduct a comprehensive review of the completed project to assess performance against initial goals.
    • Gather feedback and identify areas for improvement in future projects.

Series-compliant design and construction

Coordination of OEM suppliers

Transfer of individual construction/prototype into a series-conform design

Supervision of prototype construction

Hydrostatics

Swimming stability

Weight calculation

Strength of floats and superstructures

Detailed planning of floats and superstructures

System definition and design

Creation of manuals

Planning and integration of special solutions

Fastening/anchoring

Detailing superstructures

Assessment of CE conformity with/by :

  • Advice/coordination for implementation
  • Preliminary review/Plan review
  • Construction support & documentation
  • Final acceptance through a notified body for vehicles over 12 m long and CE category C (individual test module G)

System design and integration

System optimization and configuration

Piping/System Routing

Overview and detailed planning

Net spatial planning with coordination systems

Furniture planning with integration of components and fittings

Optimization

Interface coordination of interior construction sub-trades

Data sets for mold making ‘CAM-ready’

Cutting planning / nesting for metal structures

Furniture construction

Overview and detailed designs

iYacht combines the requirements of shipbuilding basics (Naval Architecture) with production-specific criteria for the construction of individual projects through to the implementation of series up to the interface in the PDM.
iYacht is a turn-key engineering partner that always tailors the service to the needs of the manufacturer. The entire process from initial preliminary planning to handover to production and coordination with interfaces in the individual trades and with OEM partners is taken over.

Certification CE

When following and implementing guidelines, mistakes can easily be made by the manufacturer or dealer – in fact, it is common to forget including certain details or having an incomplete manual onboard. The consequences can be devastating if product liability law is applied in the event of damage.

We are here to help you find an efficient and cost-effective way to protect yourself legally. In an initial conversation, we clarify what preparatory work the shipyard has already completed and what actions are yet to be undertaken – often these are either incomplete technical documentation or inadequate labeling. We identify the weak points and improve them. Thanks to our years of work, it is not only experience but also efficiency that will benefit you.

Consultation:

  • Construction, authorization and testing of components
  • Calculation and creation of necessary test documents
  • User manuals for skippers according to ISO 10240 technical documentation on product liability

The European Directive 2013/53/EU applies to the placing on the market of recreational craft. The guidelines are also often referred to as the ‘CE standard’ or ‘Recreational craft Directive’.

In principle, the guideline covers boats with a hull length of 2.5m up to 24m, but also includes exceptions such as surfboards, kayaks, historical vehicles, or submarines. Like any other European directive, this is implemented into national law in all member states – in Germany through the Act on Technical Work Equipment and Consumer Products – Devices and Product Safety Act (GPSG).

Our point of interest is product liability for manufacturers, dealers and importers – but the fact that this is also important for the customer/consumer will be thoroughly explained later.

As clearly stated in the directive itself, the law also regulates the placing on the market (commercial trade and sale) of recreational boats with the aim of unifying the market in Europe (level conditions of competition) and increasing safety for people, the environment and vehicles.

Basically, the boats are classified according to different criteria and tested and evaluated accordingly:

  • Vehicle type (monohull / multihull, sailboat / motorboat)
  • Draft category (A = high seas to D = inland waters)
  • Hull length (significant rating differences with a hull length of less than/above 12 m)
  • Type of testing; it is possible to test boats individually, carry out type tests or ensure conformity through a QM system, while it is assessed according to a specified test module.

The inspection is carried out by the notified body or, in the case of small boats, by the manufacturer itself. A notified body is a company approved by the EU or the national authorities that also meets defined requirements – these bodies can also emerge from classification societies (Lloyds Register or Germanischer Lloyd) or be newly founded. In fact, there are currently more than 20 notified bodies registered in the EU.

How it is checked: In addition to the directive itself, the basis is its references to over 70 international standards (EN ISO standards), not all of which have been harmonized yet for the most part and therefore have to be applied. This makes the directive one of the most comprehensive technical regulation for yacht building in the world.

The guideline essentially defines the background in its introduction:

“The laws, regulations and administrative provisions applicable in each Member State relating to the safety characteristics of recreational craft differ in their content and scope. These differences may lead to barriers to trade and unequal conditions of competition in the internal market.

Only through harmonization of national legislation can these obstacles to the free movement of goods be removed. This objective cannot be sufficiently achieved by individual Member States. This Directive only lays down the requirements necessary for the free movement of recreational craft.

The basic requirements are the criteria with which pleasure boats and partially completed boats and their individual and installed components must comply.

This directive therefore only sets out the basic requirements. In order to make it easier to demonstrate that a recreational craft meets these requirements, uniform standards for recreational craft and their components must be created at European level.”

The guideline then goes on to define the handling, testing modules, design categories, minimum safety requirements, requirements for notified bodies, etc.

  1. Boat categories A and B:
  • For boats with a hull length of less than 12m: internal production control with tests (Module Aa)
  • For boats with a hull length of 12m – 24m: the EC type examination (Module B) according to Annex VII, followed by Module C (conformity to type) according to Annex VIII or one of the following Modules: B + D or B + F or G or H.
  1. Boat category C:
  • For boats with a hull length of 2.5m to 12m: – if the harmonized standards for numbers 3.2 and 3.3 of Annex I are complied with: the internal production control (Module A) corresponds to Annex V; – in the event of non-compliance with the harmonized standards in points 3.2 and 3.3 of Annex I: internal production control with tests (Module Aa) in accordance with Annex VI
  • For boats with a hull length of 12 m to 24m: the EC type examination (Module B) according to Annex VII, followed by Module C (conformity to type) according to Annex VIII or one of the following Modules: B + D or B+ F or G or H
  1. Boat category D For boats with a hull length of 2.5 m to 24 m: the internal production control (Module A) according to Annex V.
  2. For the components listed in Annex II, one of the following Modules B + C or B + D or B + F or G or H. The following components are mentioned:
  • Devices with ignition protection for inboard and stern engines
  • Start protection devices for outboard motors
  • Steering wheel, steering device and wiring
  • Fuel tanks and fuel lines
  • Prefabricated hatches and side windows

The guideline is not only important for shipyards – the customer can recognize more about a yacht if they pay attention to the instructions in the guideline and know the background, therefore what the guideline says and why it is not superfluous:

The user manual: the manual shows you the most important information about your boat: maximum load, description of the systems (electrical, gas, water, etc.), information on operation, maintenance and care, and much more. In small words, everything that is necessary for security reasons. However, it cannot (and should not) give you any advice on how to drive your vehicle safely; the basics of good seamanship must be applied, as well as the necessary boating license and other certificates and, of course, your own responsibility. Every boat must have a user manual, which must be clearly assigned to the boat – recognizable by the registered hull identification number.

Each manual also contains a declaration of conformity: in this the manufacturer (actually ‘the authorized representative in the EU’) declares that your boat has been tested according to a selected test module and built in accordance with the directive. Without this explanation the manual is incomplete. You will also find a manufacturer’s plaque shown in the manual – every boat must have a permanent plaque attached separately from the boat’s hull license plate with the following information:

  • Name of the producer
  • CE marking
  • Boat design category maximum load recommended by the manufacturer
  • Manufacturer’s recommendation about people allowed on board

 

The costs depend on the size of the boat, the extent of the work, carrying out the practical test, creating missing documentation and the like. Please contact us for a non-binding offer.

As an authorized partner, iYacht carries out CE conformity assessment procedures in collaboration with the notified body SWISS LLOYD. Further information about SWISS LLOYD can be found here. http://www.swiss-lloyd.org/

We compile manuals according to the directive 2013/53/EU for CE conformity assessment – based on the current status of all applicable ISO standards, with necessary graphics/drawings and complete the required minimum information.

Is this manual complete and legally secure? We would be happy to check this without obligation and free of charge – email is enough.

 

When following and implementing guidelines, mistakes can easily be made by the manufacturer or dealer – in fact, it is common to forget including certain details or having an incomplete manual onboard. The consequences can be devastating if product liability law is applied in the event of damage.

We are here to help you find an efficient and cost-effective way to protect yourself legally. In an initial conversation, we clarify what preparatory work the shipyard has already completed and what actions are yet to be undertaken – often these are either incomplete technical documentation or inadequate labeling. We identify the weak points and improve them. Thanks to our years of work, it is not only experience but also efficiency that will benefit you.

Consultation:

  • Construction, authorization and testing of components
  • Calculation and creation of necessary test documents
  • User manuals for skippers according to ISO 10240 technical documentation on product liability