Register: OCT/14/2017, Submit: OCT/14/2017, Eligibility: Students enrolled at a European architecture, engineering, design or art school or attending a university course relevant to the stated objective; individually, teams, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize 6,000 EUR, 2nd Prize 4,000 EUR, 3rd Prize 2,000 EUR
In order to promote and encourage innovation in the world of boating and housing, Fondation d’entreprise Bénéteau is organising its seventh annual competition for students enrolled at a European architecture, engineering, design or art school or attending a university course relevant to the stated objective.
This year the competition relates to the design of a catamaran:
Consisting of two hulls, in order to reduce its water resistance and travel faster while ensuring greater stability, the catamaran’s shape can also increase the surface area of the deck. Very popular with pleasure boaters for its navigation and safety features, it nevertheless provides spacious and comfortable living spaces, close to the standard of a traditional home.
Considering the evolution and development of pleasure boating, environmental protection and technological advances, students are invited to participate in a creative competition to design a sailing catamaran (candidates may choose the type of sail). This catamaran must have a layout that allows it to house 4 to 8 people. The design, on-board living comfort, means of propulsion and innovation of on-board systems (electricity, plumbing, waste water treatment) will be important criteria.
In order to encourage creativity, only the size of the catamaran is specified:
- maximum overall length from 30 to 40 feet (10 to 12 m);
- maximum overall width of 22 feet (7m).
The selection criteria will focus on: concept, creativity, comfort, functionality and relationship with the environment.
The Beneteau Foundation is focused on the following three priority areas:
- Encouraging and promoting environmental protection in the world of yachting, construction and housing, through innovative projects, research and the emergence of businesses contributing towards creation and innovation in these sectors.
- Safeguarding and showcasing naval heritage.
- Saising public awareness on environmental protection issues, particularly in the yachting world.