For years yacht owners have been the type of person who sips champagne, looking out from their deck at Monaco, Saint-Tropez and Cannes.
But no longer.
The modern yacht owner has a lust for adventure and exploration. Their yacht is a home from home which must do a lot more than give them somewhere to place their glass. These shifts in expectation have led to new requirements for yacht design. These trends are redefining the yacht world, so what are they?
The Explorer Yacht
As owners want to go well off the beaten track, further and for longer, the yacht needs to be ready. No matter the climate, the vessel should be fully equipped, even if that means having an icebreaker hull!
The yacht needs to be able to operate for longer periods without taking on fuel or provisions as well. The is now focus moving away from being seen on your yacht, to seeing things no one else has.
This is best seen in the new expedition or explorer yacht. Designed as a platform for your next adventure they come ready to go with everything you’ll need. This includes extended operating times and even a huge range of new toys such as submarines and snowmobiles, these are perfect for your wildest adventures.
Efficient and sustainable
The modern yacht owner wants to leave nothing but a wake when they leave a remote destination. This means that design needs to consider the impact of the yacht on the environment around it. Travelling to more delicate and protected locations can also mean that the yacht is required to leave no waste.
Designers are now incorporating many new features related to water and heat reclamation directly into the vessel. We’re also seeing an increase in waste processing plants directly on board as well.
Beyond this, some owners are demanding their yachts be more self-sufficient with food production. This is leading to the installation of hydroponic food production facilities, food labs and even fish farms on board.
Sometimes super isn’t big enough
2013 saw the launch of the motor yacht Azzam, at 590 feet she dwarfs other superyachts putting her in a class of her own. Azzam is blazing a trail for superyacht design where bigger is better, with owners being more comfortable to embrace what can be made over modesty.
Azzam is the first of many, but she will be a hard act to follow. On top of being so grand, she is also incredibly fast, hitting 30 knots with her 94,000 horsepower engines. She also only took three years to build! An astounding achievement but one we expect to see responded to in the years to come.
New thoughts on space
Gone are the days of wide, tall yachts. The modern owner is opting for long, sleek designs which sit lower in the water. But, whilst this leads to stunning, good looks, you also lose a large amount of interior volume.
This has given rise to more open plan living on board and a more considered approach to space. Floor to ceiling windows can really bring the outside inside. They’re also taking their cues from penthouse living, the modern yacht features a focus on function of each space. By compartmentalising living space, a 180-foot yacht can have the same facilities as a 240-foot vessel. It’s all in intelligent, modern design.
Design is an ever moving, ever evolving concept. We know that these trends will move and develop as own requirements and technologies change. But that’s where the excitement and energy is, in growth and evolution. Sometimes even in revolution. So, whether you’re sat on deck sipping champagne in the afternoon or chasing the
sun to a new adventure, we’re certain you’re just as excited as we are to see what happens next!