I was the owners representative for the build of AY45, SY Encore at Alloy Yachts from 20 IO to 20 I 3. During the first meeting between the owners and the yard, the decision was made to keep all aspects of the build in-house with Donna Maree as the key designer to work in conjunction with the owners wife Kay on the interior styling.
The confidence the owners wife had in Donna Maree with regards to the interior styling is a reflection on her ability to take a partially formed idea of a "Gentleman's Club" and extrapolate it out to its fullest potential. This was demonstrated by her excellent compilation of storyboards and use of digital renderings.
Donna Maree through her relationships with suppliers and manufacturers was able to negotiate directly thereby eliminating the need for third party involvement and passing onto us the best possible products available.
Donna Maree worked hand in hand with engineering, electrical and structural departments to ensure the best utilization of space and subsequently styled to accommodate systems and ease of access to them without sacrificing style or aesthetics. Space and storage is a rare commodity on a yacht and Donna ensured this was utilized to its full potential.
Donna Maree has a unique skill with finishing touches that complete a brief while never losing sight of the broader feel the owner's wife wished to obtain.
She was instrumental in bringing together the different elements that make the interior of Encore, elegant and timeless yet still functional.
I wish her the best for her new endeavor and I would recommend her without hesitation, especially the valuable and experienced input in the early crucial stages of a Super Yacht build.
Captain Jono Wishart
SALTHOUSE NEXT GENERATION BOATS
We have had the pleasure of working closely with Donna Maree on 7x Salthouse vessels and can testify of how easy and professional she has been.
We are proud to be associated with and happily hand our clients into Donna's capable hands to complete their vision for their interior styling and design.
We have also had previous owners engage Donna Maree directly on refits and advice after seeing her work on our display boat at the Auckland Boat Show.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Donna Maree to any prospective client and encourage people to consider bringing the super yacht expertise into whatever sized project they are doing, as it is worth every penny.
Dean & Treena Salthouse
Salthouse Next Generation Boats
Donna Maree recently helped us with interior design for the refit of our 55' Roger Hill powercat, Escape.
We're delighted with the result which modernises much of the interior while still sitting comfortably with the remaining original features.
The range of material options available these days is overwhelming and Donna was able to understand our tastes and budget and help us make decisions quickly to keep the project moving forward.
It was a pleasure working with Donna and we're very happy to recommend her.
Putting my palette together for our new boat has been made so much easier
with Donna Maree’s quick understanding of the tonal range I was aiming for.
Her good taste, and sense of balance made it much more streamlined in sourcing and reducing the samples required enabling me to come up with the palette that I had envisioned before meeting Donna Maree.
I am very happy and grateful for the Result and time she has spent with me.
She is a pleasure to work with.
Thank you Donna Maree