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ARMAN Dune 90 Project

ARMAN Dune 90 Project

 “DUNE 90″ is the codename for a 90 m. superyacht from the newly established marine design studio ARMAN. Founder Arman Fissette is giving us an insight into the though process that materialized his original ideas into this visually stimulating design.

While the average size of superyachts leaving the yards these days was something unseen only a few years ago, the typical “wedding cake” stacking style of these floating palaces is something we’ve unfortunately been seeing for many decades now. Only a handful of designs really have been able to break out of that straightjacket.

Over the years, the market seems to have been conditioned by some sort of “same but bigger” mantra, as this seemed to warrant the most conspicuous yacht in the bay. However, with a new generation of yacht designers entering the scene, this reality is changing. Sheer size isn’t a guarantee for attention anymore, design is. And that’s what a one-of project like a superyacht deserves: a one-of-a-kind and appropriated design.

To celebrate the creation of his own design studio “ARMAN”, former BMW designer and marine envisioneer Arman Fissette created an innovative and visionary design style with a more monolithic approach to superyacht design. The result is a truly charismatic yacht,  taking inspiration from stealth frigates and swerving dunes, boasting a crispness and leanness that is rare for a yacht of this size. 

With 90 meter bow to stern, The DUNE 90 is a true explorer yacht, equipped for any type of trip, be it on water, land or in the air, in both high-latitude or low-latitude cruising grounds. There’s a helicopter hangar aboard, together with berths for a submarine, an amphibious aircraft, three large tenders, six waverunners and a garage containing four off-road vehicles. While 10 Guest cabins and an owner’s cabin provide enough space to sleep 22, there’s an additional 28 crew aboard to run the yacht and cater to the needs of those aboard. 

The upper decks are covered by a large glass atrium with arabesque-type light filters to retain a sense of privacy while natural light is allowed in and heat is kept out. The swimming pool on the foredeck is partially overhung by the owner’s salon which features a large glass facade, called the” visor”. This feature clearly marks the vessel’s inclination towards exploration, as if it were looking out for new things on the horizon.

 The team behind this yacht is currently designing a 75 m. superyacht and going through a yard selection process for both projects.


Length overall (LOA):    90.00 m
Length water line (LWL):   85.00 m
Molded Beam:    15.00 m
Design Draft:       4.20 m
Displacement @ half load  2919 tons
Displacement @ full load  3180 tons
Gross Tonnage:   3182 GT
Max Speed:  17.00 knots
Cruise Speed: 14.00 knots
Range at Cruise Speed:  11000 n.miles
Main Generators :  2x CATERPILLAR 3516B @ 1800rpm, 1825 ekW, 1x CATERPILLAR 3512B @ 1800rpm, 1360 ekW
Aux. Generators:  2x CATERPILLAR 3408C, 370 ekW three phase, 1x CATERPILLAR 3306B 145 ekW

ARMAN … envisioneering the marine future.

Despite its long history, the marine leisure industry as we know it is still one that’s coming of age. Most modern yachts are noisy, polluting, have little respect for the environment they exist in, spend vast amounts of time being inactive and are expressing their identity while visually jumping from one ephemeral fashion trend to another. The image of the revolting teenager comes to mind…

But it seems we’re entering a new era. Spurred by a heightened environmental awareness and a new economical context, the marine industry is now ready to reinvent itself to grow up to a strong, resilient and responsible adult, ready to face the future. But, in the process, it could do with a guiding hand and a finger on the pulse.


Ph.  +32 473 540 366
Skype. Arman Fissette

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