Interview with RENATO GONCALVES at Wednesday 27th of April 2016: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
RG : FS 275 Wide was designed for those who seek a boat for daily use, that doesn't take up space with a large cabin because no one intends to sleep over. However, a small cabin is required for the use of children, and we did it without taking space from the cockpit.
DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
RG : FS 275 Wide is already one of the best selling boats in Brazil. The award we won is now helping us achieve new markets worldwide.
DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
RG : Almost 2 years of design and manufacturing the mold.
DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
RG : First we had the demand for such a boat, and then we sought out inspiration to design it in a way no one had ever achieved.
DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
RG : It is being produced by us, FS Yachts Boatbuilder.
DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
RG : We manufacture and sell boats since 1998.
DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
RG : Many boat designs we have seen in dozens of boat shows around the world.
DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
RG : The way in which we added 2 rooms (Bathroom and cabin) without taking space from the cockpit on a day use.
DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
RG : FS is the brand name. 275 is the boat size (27,5 ft), and Wide is a surname for a boat with lots of cockpit space.
DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
RG : Rhino 3D and a 4-axis CNC router.
DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
RG : The cockpit layout.
DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
RG : As a very distinctive boat from every other marine vessel in the world, we felt it had all the requirements to win a design competition.