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OPEN SPACES MEET STRICT WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON THE SILVER CLOUD/ IT’S NOT YOUR typical houseboat, that’s for sure.
When longtime clients of Susan Schuyler Smith, ASID, purchased an unusually wide and traditionally industrial-use yacht for their next traveling “home,” the designer found herself in a true sinkor-swim situation. “Shipyards have been making this type of boat for strictly utilitarian purposes. They aren’t your standard residential boat,” says Smith of the 54-foot wide hull with a main salon area that is essentially one large space for everything from dining and cooking, to reading and relaxing. “The one great advantage is there’s nothing below the deckline,” continues Smith, as she notes the views on three sides from the central gathering place, four chairs anchored by an area rug. Divided into four distinct spaces, the yacht design’s end result is both practical and intimate. “Lighting in each ‘zone’ can go higher or lower to change the mood or provide a focal point,” describes Smith. Each piece of art—photographs taken by the client—has its own spotlighting as well. Custom cabinetry was designed and built to safely house an extensive collection of china, crystal and ﬂatware without moving while at sea. Smith even created a binder with photographs of each cabinet so that items could be properly returned to their designated locations. Behind the homelike “feel” of Silver Cloud is a deep-reaching study in technical design. Fabrics had to meet strict maritime regulations, which means they must be ﬂame-retardant and Scotchgarded, tough to pull off for residential
PROJECT SPECS/ Project Name Silver Cloud Firm Spectrum Interior Design Design Team Susan Schuyler Smith, ASID Michele Craft Location Docked in Palm Beach, Fla. Site plan: Spectrum Interior Design Images: Silver Cloud
usage. Smith explains, “The selections of materials was more limited, as was the way in which we used them. It took a lot of logistical effort and ingenuity to get it all done.” Every piece of fabric had to be speciﬁed, cut, sent for treatment and returned for installation. The primary design challenge, however, presented itself in pounds. Everything on board the yacht—from a fork to a piece of furniture—had to fall within a speciﬁc overall weight allowance that was computerized and broken down into categories. This required constant give-and-take when specifying materials and product. A heavy piano in the main salon meant subtracting weight from another category. Smith became expert in material selection and weight, explaining details such as, “The wood on the sectional is a different type from the frame within to lighten the overall weight. Throughout the process, if we were somewhere purchasing, say a dinner service for 12, we would ask what it weighed. Sales people don’t get that kind of question very often.” Silver Cloud is now back home in Palm Beach, Fla., after 18 months spent traveling 40,000 miles around the world. The boat has since won awards for its design and engineering, including a Technology award from Boat International Media’s World Superyacht awards. i
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