The Cousteau, Picards Yacht, part 1

Howdy all and thanks for all the support on Alicia’s fundraiser. Today is a post on some artwork I came across last week and wanted to put it up this morning. This is the final design for Captain Picards yacht from Star Trek Insurrection. This was a tough concept to work out because of the positioning of the torpedo launcher located in the same location on the underside of the Enterprise-E’s saucer. Just by enormous chance did the positioning and shape make for the perfect place for the yacht and took very little line work to tie the E’s lines in with the belly of the Yacht.  Being so very established as the main torpedo launcher in First Contact, a lot of sloping had to be put into the exterior cockpit area of the yacht so that the launcher would still be able to operate. Those images will be posted in part two of this article. Mike Okuda named the ship  Cousteau after the world famous diver and oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Following the three quarter views are the schematics that were a whole lot of fun to put together. Not a lot of screen time for this one but it was very nice to have the chance to establish the architecture as well as the details for this little ship.

the yacht

yacht scales

40 Responses to “The Cousteau, Picards Yacht, part 1”

  1. 1 Lee
    November 12, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Nice. Looking forward to part 2.

  2. 3 Don
    November 12, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I always thought this was the perfect execution for the “Captain’s Yacht” concept. Totally blending with the hull, and yet, as if by magic, it emerges from its bert, deploys its sails/nacelles, and flies off. The perfect companion for the most excellent E-E design.

  3. 6 Don
    November 12, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Grrr. “berth” nit “bert”!

  4. 7 Don
    November 12, 2010 at 11:10 am

    “Not” not “nit” LOL!

  5. 8 evil_genius_180
    November 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I love this thing, even though it’s small, this and the Scout ship are my favorite designs from Insurrection. I’ve always been impressed with how you managed to integrate it into the bottom of the saucer. I’m certainly glad you found and posted these, they’re sweet. 😀

  6. 11 Buckaroohawk
    November 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    The coolest thing about this already very cool design is that in so many ways it actually looks like a real, honest-to-goodness, seagoing yacht! The way the lower hull extends just a bit further than the upper hull at the fore, the tapered fore and the flat aft; if you dropped the warp engines and added a stainless steel railing around the lip where the upper and lower hulls meet you’d have yourself one smokin’ hot pleasure craft.

    • 12 johneaves
      November 12, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      Haaaa! Thanks buckaroo! I love yachts, not the uppity yuppity part but those sleek lines, there are a few seaworthy lines on this but your right, put the rail in her and out to sea you go

  7. 13 Greenlight
    November 13, 2010 at 7:16 am

    When I saw the Captain’s yacht in Insurrection it seemed as though they knew that was the perfect location for the yacht but had already committed that space to the torpedo launcher and so it’s left to the designers to make both work. Is that assessment even correct? If so, it’s an excellent solution to the problem but it’s a problem they shouldn’t have had in the first place. Why would you put those two things right on top of each other? Why not let you guys work out the details and locations at the very beginning? One of these days they’re going to ask you to put a shuttle bay in a nacelle or something.

    • 14 johneaves
      November 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm

      Well I’ll have to tell you more about the lucky accident of this working out the way it did!!! I had just started on DS9 when we started working on First Contact and I had never seen an episode of Voyager and only two or three episodes of TNG so I didn’t even know that a captains yacht was a new design element to Federation Starships. The Torpedo Launcher on the E was basically a new shape for the dome seen on the previous Enterprises and it just made for a perfect place for a main launcher, My Yacht education didn’t come till we started to work on Insurrection and and looking at was on the D and Voyager it only made sense to try and manipulate that launcher area into the Yacht, The lines worked out perfectly so as much as it looks like it was intentional it was incredible luck with how the lines worked and how easy it was to make a Yacht bay out of the lower section of the launcher. had I known more earlier, the design would have happened on FC so I’m the one to blame for drafting something in after the fact, HAAA!

      • 15 doubleofive
        November 18, 2010 at 10:29 am

        So is there not a list ship designers are giving of Modern Starship Elements other than the Nacelle Rules (must be in pairs, visible from the front)? I suppose not, huh? 😉

        Have you seen that Cryptic is having a contest to design the next Enterprise for them? I guess you would be barred from entering. LOL

      • November 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm

        John should be barred from entering the STO Enterprise design contest. That just wouldn’t be fair 🙂

        Besides, I’m already planning on winning >:D

      • 17 johneaves
        November 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm

        Here Here, Go get em Rob!!!!

  8. 18 the bluesman
    November 13, 2010 at 9:21 am

    John, a couple things I like about this design is it looks kinda boat-ish, like a yacht, and am I seeing soem Matt Jefferesi influeces in the lines?

  9. 20 Richard Knapp
    November 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    This one has alwasy been one of my favorites. I really like the way you figured out how to make it tuck right up under the forward torpedoe launcher. A beautiful design.

    Thanks for posting,

  10. 22 L.M. Oliver
    November 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Man, woman, and Ugnaught for scale.

  11. 24 Matt Boardman
    November 13, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    This ship is a true beauty! As others have mentioned, I love the sea-going boat look and fee to it! It’s always a little sad that such great designs only get a little screen time.

    Love the “Oh boy!” next to the larger windows! Ha!

  12. 26 Buckaroohawk
    November 14, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Y’know, I just thought of something. It’s obvious that the Captain’s Yacht must be capable of planetfall and landing, but how does it do that? Does it land on its belly (like the NX-01 shuttlepods did) or were there landing skids tucked in there somewhere?

  13. 29 JoeRalat
    November 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Hey John its cool to see the sketch.
    Someone over at scifi-meshes is doing the yacht.
    Here are the links

    John, will you be selling any reference photos of the set of the Enterpise-E or any other sets.

  14. 31 Dave Horvath
    November 16, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I’ve always liked this design. It fit so well with the established lower section of the ship. The main body almost has a Fantastic Voyage Proteus Sub look to it. All in all, it’s a wonderful design.

  15. November 16, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Thanks for sharing John.
    Always been a fan of this little ship. I glad that we final get to see one of the Captains yachts. It such a shame that we never got to see Voyagers. so many story ops for that one, that was never used.

  16. 35 Bill
    November 17, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Not exactly sure what I said in my previous comment that warranted it not making through moderation, but if I gave offense, I apologize.

  17. 39 Boris
    November 28, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Did you leave it out of the original Ent-E design because you thought the writers would never ask for it, seeing as they avoided using Ent-D’s Calypso or Voyager’s aeroshuttle? 🙂 This is a perfect example of Murphy’s Law.

    • 40 johneaves
      November 28, 2010 at 5:50 pm

      Frankly I didn’t know anything about a Captains Yacht when I was on First Contact,,, I had never seen TNG or Voyager so that detail was never in my thinking,,, just a lucky bump on the bottom of the E was where it needed to be when the Yacht was asked for in Insurrection

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