With yachts the designers have a very special attribute that perhaps no other form of mechanical art has, and that is sheer scale. An item of this size is not bound to just have architectural lines, it can truly have an architectural impact. Wally is one example of a manufacturer that makes yachts like this but one builder that have flown under my radar until just recently is Art of Kinetik, based in Belgrad, Serbia who have been operational since 2007. Their quest is to create the ultimate balance of art and performance and by the looks of their vessels they are quite a good way towards achieving that goal.
They have one model which is of particular interest to me, not only because of the name (it’s called the Hedonist), but most of all because it’s such a beautiful example of how good things can turn out when there’s a clear philosophy behind the concept, the design interprets the concept in a new and timeless way and the execution is flawless.
The Hedonist is a 63 feet open cruiser which combines timeless materials (wood, leather, steel and stone) to modern technology and bold, contemporary design to create a luxury home on water. It has adequate performance for cruising (by the way of three 800bhp MAN engines and Rolls-Royce waterjets) in the same way that an AMG Mercedes has adequate performance for the Autobahn.
I find the design has just the right proportions to feel muscular, powerful and most of all clear to the purpose. There’s no race-inspired features or gimmicks, the stance and lines says it all while at the same time the materials and spaces welcomes you to a home.
Most of all I love the use of the materials and the wooden hull, in this case it’s not only a nod to traditional boat-building skills and techniques but also made relevant since the mass and damping reduces vibrations in the yacht compared to modern composite and metallic materials.
Like all big, cutom yachts I’m sure it’s very expensive. However, the exact price is not important since the ones who are in the market for vechicles like this can afford them and others need not apply, I’m just happy that they push the envelope. The only thing that they might reconsider is their naming schemes, Art of Kinetik, The Hedonist and The Mazokist is just a bit too much all at the same time.