The latest project from the Cardboardyachts shipyard takes inspiration from the 78-metre motor yacht Venus (Project Aqua, hull 684), built by the prominent Dutch shipyard Feadship to a design by Philippe Starck in 2012. The model was made out of an Apple Imac box with Microsoft windows.
Cardboardyachts has been founded by Marcel Brok from the Netherlands. Cruising with their little Tupperware yacht on the Kagerplassen (near Leiden in the Netherlands) Marcel and his wife have seen some floating palaces at the Royal Van Lent Shipyard. Ready for transportation to the customer. For some 5 years they spent their holidays at the fabulous Côte d’Azure yacht charter destination near St Tropez. Not only for the nice climate and sun warranty but also to look at the many superyachts passing by.
At home there was still an old iMac computerbox in Marcel’s study and he started to fantasize of building a yacht out of it. A few years ago he got a brochure of Feadship Archimedes with some very usable pictures and a deckplan. So he started cutting and gluing and the first model was born. His demands increased and for the next models he chose some yachts with special design features which were very difficult to make out of cardboard.
The models are built on a 1:100 scale and Marcel uses the Internet to get some pictures of different angles to get an idea of the dimensions and design.
Building a model of a superyacht takes him about 40-60 hours.
His expenses are 3 euro hot-melt gluesticks. The carboard he gets for free from old boxes. That’s the reason he names them his 3 euro superyachts. Accessible for everyone.
The collection will expand as long as superyacht builders keeps on building challenging superyachts and Marcel has already spotted some interesting projects. Some of his models are exposed at Neko Yacht Supplies in Hoogvliet Netherlands.
At the moment the Cardboardyacht fleet consists of the models of: