Yachting Partners International (YPI) has teamed up Bricks & Goggles to bring new Oculus virtual reality (VR) technology to the yacht building industry. The system enables owners to virtually walk around new build projects before they are even built.

“Our system developed with Bricks and Goggles allows owners to walk around a complete virtual construction of their yacht both inside and on deck as well as seeing it from the air,” explains YPI director of sales, Russell Crump.

“It’s much more than just the type of 3D renderings sometimes seen in yachting today,” Crump adds. “With our Oculus development, you are transported and immersed inside your yacht. You can see and experience how the layouts feel in terms of space and volume as you walk around. You can see the textures of different interior materials used and zoom-in if you want to see something in more detail.”

The process can also be applied to the engineering and systems of a yacht. “Every technical manufacturer, whether they are working with engines, pumps or systems, uses some form of 3D rendering in realizing their work. We can now take that to a whole new level, and recreate it in full VR to help engineers see exactly how everything fits together, saving an incredible amount of time and expense on any project,” he says.

Based in Holland, Bricks & Goggles is the brainchild of Ingmar Vroege and Gertjan Leemans. The company has been developing apps and 3D virtual reality technology for a few years now especially within the real estate sector.

A family connection with boats, drew their attention to the possibilities of applying their tools to yachting. RAPTOR, a 105m new build project, is the first to use the Oculus VR technology.