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Ricochet: the future perfect!

Published on 01 august 2014 at 0h00

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From high up on Pyrmont Bridge, we were firstly struck by the incredibly fluid design. On any other boat, the coachroof’s round portholes with decreasing diameters could appear dated. Here they confirm the impression that here we are dealing with something different, unknown until now, a Un-identified Floating Object. The integral pearl grey paint refines its lines, blends its interior spaces, captures and reflects the light. Down on the pontoon, at the foot of the sugar scoop, we felt almost intimidated! The pearl non-slip seems to envelop perfectly the shapes originally designed by Ian Farrier, assisted by the talented Australian design office, Murray Burns and Dovell (MBD). Since 1989, at Newport, north of Sydney, they have been designing some of the fastest, most elegant boats imaginable: Ricochet is undeniably an eminent representative. All the accommodation has recently been reinterpreted by the designer and interior architect Burley Katon Halliday (BKH Sydney & New York).

We were however very quickly put at our ease by Frank’s huge smile; like most Australians, he doesn’t bother with polite conversation. The contact was frank and jovial: welcome aboard! Behind his sunglasses, sheltered by his cap, the little goatee and the haircut reminded us of a certain Sir Richard Branson. Added to this striking resemblance, it turned out that Frank had been the skipper of Necker Belle, the 32m catamaran belonging to the creator of Virgin! But the likeness between the two ...

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