Once, there was a boy called Arman and he lived in Belgium, a country with a nearly non-existent sailing culture. Although raised in a city as far from the sea as possible, he decided to study marine design. And one day, he made his wish, a design studio he could call his own, come true. Introducing futuristic yacht design and on-deck luxury, ladies and gentlemen, this is the “Dune 90”.

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.

Presented some months ago to celebrate the creation of his own design studio, the 90m superyacht with the codename Dune 90 is an example-prototype of the principles that Arman Fissette and his maritime company want to infuse in their design. The main goal of the design team was to create a superyacht, a floating paradise that obtains the right balance between openness and privacy through innovation, distinctiveness and functionality.

“A true explorer yacht” is the description of the designer, equipped for every kind of travel, without sacrificing in style and aesthetics.

Taking inspiration from stealth frigates and swerving dunes, the result is a futuristic yacht that breaks away from the usual wedding-cake morphology and uses different materials and more monolithic post-modern design lines than previous yachts of the same size. The Dune 90 takes its name from the process of duning, a combination of “faceting”(emphasizing on the use of surfaces) and “edging” (emphasizing on the intersections between surfaces) with the edges drawing the eye of the viewer across the whole design. Although there is a distinct separation between hull and the megastructure on top of it, the whole thing seems to work as one.  The glass facade takes its inspiration from arabesque window patterns, which fulfill the need for privacy and the control of the bright sun light. It’s made up of an array of glass panels that fit on top of a triangular structure. These glass panels consist of three different panels supported by a structural panel. With titanium coated graphics on both sides, these panels create different effects depending on the distance and the viewing angle, filtering the sunlight and providing privacy for the passengers. The glass volume on top, called VIZOR, protrudes over the foredeck, covering the main suite balcony and the swimming pool, marking the vessels inclination towards the ever-changing horizon.

With a whole length of 90m and eleven bedrooms for guests, this superyacht can host up to twenty two people along with the twenty eight-member crew and has a lot of space for extra small boats, cars, an amphibious aircraft and even a three-person submarine, along with a helicopter hangar aboard.

Yes, the Dune 90 is a speculative design. It’s beyond a concept, as the design is feasible, not just a mere style study.It’s a custom design. One-off. And, by the way, a 75m version (not an explorer-type) is now under development, incorporating the same overall form language, but will , besides functionality, differ in overall proportions, layouts, color and material use.


Dune 90 Explorer


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

Concept and Design: Arman Fissette Naval Architecture: Samuel Lieutaud


About Arman Fissette:

Born in Belgium, a country with a nearly non-existent sailing culture in a city as far from the sea as possible plus a family not even remotely interested in water sports, Arman Fissette couldn’t have made a stranger choice for a career when he decided to become a yacht designer. Surprisingly, it probably was the exoticness of this idea that attracted him so much.

With an affinity for the arts and a technical disposition, he embarked on a master degree in product development in Antwerp which he finished with honors. Upon graduation he moved to the French Riviera, as prospects were bleak in Belgium for a starting yacht designer. For 5 years he worked at Blubay Yachts on several sailing catamarans and eventually got involved in aircraft interior design . He successfully set up an aircraft design department and lead several projects for global companies like Airbus and Singapore airlines. The expertise gained during these years didn’t go unnoticed and he subsequently got employed by BMW DesignworksUSA in Los Angeles, one of the major global design studios, where he was a senior designer at the Transit Department. The three years spent there were very nourishing and he had the opportunity to work on a myriad of transportation design projects, some of which gained him several design awards as well as patents.

Always curious about the world and with a love for adventure and the outdoors, he decided to leave BMW and take off for a year to travel solo around the world, taking him to the world’s most remote corners and most breathtaking places. It was there and then, fully aware of the earth’s beauty as well as it’s fragility, that he decided to go back to his original passion – yacht design; this time with his own company and with a strong dedication to deliver projects that make a difference with respect to the natural world.


All images courtesy of Arman Marine.