A year after winning the competition to design the ultimate Super Yacht Range Rover, Andrew Winch Designs (AWD) - a specialist in yacht design - has now taken up yet another challenge to come up with a dream helicopter concept especially for yachts.
The AWD Design, which is based on the Eurocopter EC155 B1 Dauphin, a medium twin-engine helicopter and deemed to complement the AWD Range Rover, will set a new bench mark in helicopter styling. Sporting several external designs inspired by the contours of ocean waves, the AWD designed EC155 B1 features an interior of teak floorings, leather wrap-around adjustable seats fitted with carbon fibre back shells, fold-down central armrests, ‘floating’ LCD screens, headphones etc.
Mr. Andrew Winch, Design Director from AWD declares at this occasion, “The key idea behind my concept is comfort, endless comfort, be it on land with the Range Rover, at sea with the yacht and in the air with a helicopter.”
Mr. Jamie Edmiston, Director from Edmiston adds, “Having worked in partnership with Eurocopter for the last 6 years, its great to be involved with such an innovative and exciting development of the relationship with both Eurocopter and Andrew Winch. The EC155 is the perfect addition to any yacht!”
Mr. Dominique Orbec, Vice-President Market Development from Eurocopter states, “We are extremely honoured to have the EC155 B1 Dauphin selected as the basis of the dream helicopter for yachts. 6 years after entering this market, this choice proves that our helicopters are indeed perfect complements to yachts, giving its owners an alternative to boat tenders. Although we have worked with Edmiston for the last six years, this is the first time we have embarked on a design led project; it’s great to work with Andrew Winch on this. We are confident in the commercial potential of this ‘dream’ helicopter design and we are certain that it will be the beginning of a fruitful relationship among the 3 entities, each one being an industrial leader in its own right.”
Known as the Vertical Take-Off Tender, the helicopter is often seen sitting on the decks of the world’s finest yachts. A helicopter allows yacht owners to fly to and fro from shore for professional and pleasure trips, saving considerable time and effort. It is without doubt that the helicopter is an efficient business tool and an ultimate yacht tender perfect for work and play, bringing an added touch of security to all yacht owners.
Edmiston & Company is a World leader in the large yachting business. Founded in 1996, the company has achieved extraordinary success, establishing itself as one of the preeminent ‘full service’ companies – Sale & Purchase, Charter, Management and New Construction - in the rapidly expanding international yachting business.
Specialising in luxury yachts of 30 metres and above, Edmiston represents the world’s largest and most important yachts and has achieved some of the most notable sales in the industry, including PELORUS (115m), LE GRAND BLEU (115m), KATANA (75m) and UTOPIA (72m). The company currently has over billion of yachts under construction at leading shipyards. Edmiston serves an international client base through an extensive network of offices including Monaco, London, New York, Mexico City and Antibes.
Working only with the finest yachts, shipyards and designers, Edmiston’s in-depth knowledge of the yachting industry ensures that Edmiston clients are in the most competitive and advantageous position when it comes to every element of yachting. Edmiston is THE luxury brand of the super yachting business. The Company has invested heavily in the Edmiston brand name and corporate awareness, not only establishing itself firmly in the global luxury goods arena, but also single-handedly propelling the image of the yacht industry forward.
Edmiston is highly respected within both the marine and luxury industry, and as experts, the Company is regularly consulted for advice and insight into issues and trends related to the World of the Superyacht, as well as the associated lifestyle and economic factors. Edmiston’s impressive Central Agency fleet includes some of the most outstanding and renowned yachts for sale: ALFA NERO (82m), SS DELPHINE (79m), UTOPIA (71.6m), TRIDENT (65.2m), LADY CHRISTINE (56m), INDEPENDENCE (53m), KOKOMO (51.7m), T6 (48.5m) and WALLYPOWER (36m); and for charter: TALITHA (80m), SAMAR (77m), UTOPIA (72m), TI’A MOANA (69m), LADY CHRISTINA (62m), ABSINTHE (61m), SENSES (59m) and TIARA (54m). All of Edmiston’s operations, and the markets which Edmiston serves, have enjoyed dramatic growth in recent years and this accelerating degree of activity shows no signs of abating.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 15,600 people. In 2008, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.5 billion Euros, orders for 715 new helicopters, and a 53 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 18 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 10,000 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in more than 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.
About Andrew Winch Designs
Andrew Winch has been in the specialist yacht design environment for nearly thirty years. Having grown up sailing on the south coast of England in dinghies and cruising yachts, his love of the sea embodies all of his work. A year sailing as a crew member across the Atlantic and in the Caribbean on a private 52foot sailing yacht, followed his formal training in London. On his return he joined Jon Bannenberg Ltd as an apprentice designer, bottle washer, pencil sharpener and coffee maker!
In 1986 he launched Andrew Winch Designs with his wife Jane. The first two projects were the Swan 36 with gullwing windows, and the C&N 46 Bluewater Cruising yacht. In the following 23 very successful years, Andrew Winch Designs have completed 32 sailing yachts, 19 motor yacht projects and 9 aviation projects. Our involvement on these projects has ranged from concept, to full interior and exterior design. This year alone we have completed and delivered motor yacht Slipstream from CMN, a 60m motor yacht inspired by the arts and crafts of the Pacific North West, as well as motor yacht Cloud 9, the 60m sistership of Slipstream also built at CMN Shipyard. Although based on the same platform of design, Cloud 9 could not be more different from her sister, with a nautical inspired interior.
In the same way that our clients are based in countries all over the world we work with the best naval architects and shipyards worldwide. Our portfolio is distinguished by its diversity. The shipyards we have worked with include Feadship, Amels, Lürssen, Blohm & Voss, Alloy Yachts, Royal Huisman, CMN and Abeking & Rasmussen to name but a few.
In 2000 Andrew Winch Designs was approached to design the interior of a BBJ Boeing Business Jet, our first aviation project. Since it’s completion in 2002, Andrew Winch Designs have designed and completed a further three projects and are recognised as one of the top interior designers for the private aviation market. We continue to work alongside the world’s top Completion Centres such as Lufthansa Technik in Germany and Jet Aviation in Basel. We are currently working on a further eight projects ranging from a Boeing Business Jet-I to an A340, and have this year delivered two Boeing Business Jet’s. The aviation department of Andrew Winch Designs has now become an extremely significant area of the business where we are able to offer our clients a highly experienced team of designers with an in-depth knowledge of the aviation design industry.
Just as Andrew Winch Designs strives to achieve beauty afloat, balancing line and form, we also achieve elegance and comfort in the air. We never forget these are homes which are influenced by the vagaries and the tempests of the sea and air. Our ultimate goal is to understand and realise the dreams of our clients whilst exceeding their expectations, every step of the way.