The world of superyachts is always evolving, with new trends, exciting designs and one-of-a-kind yachts to keep things interesting. Right now an industry buzzword across the board is adventure: adventurous itineraries, adventurous yachts and adventurous designs.
Experiencing something new and unique is priceless, and as the world grows more and more accessible it is no surprise that superyacht owners and charter clients are after something different from the norm when planning their time onboard. Venturing off the beaten path earns ultimate bragging rights and more and more yachts are daring to go to new destinations, from secluded islands to icy polar waters. New to the bucket list are less traditional cruising grounds including Antarctica, Japan, South Africa and the warm waters of Asia and the South Pacific. The Mediterranean and Caribbean will always reign supreme, with their popularity unwavering, but experiencing something different is a growing trend. With so many tantalising new itineraries on offer, all tailored to the adventurous of spirit, it is not hard to see why this is a growing trend.
In testament to the popularity of ‘dare to be different’ cruising, the prestigious annual World Superyacht Awards (WSA) sees an entire awards category dedicated towards adventure, with 49 metre Glaze winning the 2017 Voyager Award for a global circumnavigation that included a visit to the rugged coastline of The Kimberleys in Australia. With the award presented to the most inspirational journey of the year, Glaze’s itinerary took in everything from ancient Aboriginal art to spotting sharks and crocodiles over the course of their travels.
An adventurous itinerary requires an adventurous yacht and numbers of explorer yachts being built and marketed have skyrocketed. Once a very niche trend, today explorer yachts present the perfect solution for the more adventurous superyacht owner looking to do more than moor up in traditional beauty spots. With the transient nature of yachts making them perfect for travelling to the most hard to reach and untouched spots, a superyacht provides the perfect base for cruising the world in comfort and style. An explorer-focused design ensures you receive a yacht that is well equipped to take on long range passages and cruise in luxurious comfort – in even the most challenging of waters.
Another award winner at the 2017 WSAs was the 77.4m Legend, winner of the Best Rebuild Yacht Award for her year-long transformation from Russian icebreaker to luxury explorer yacht. An incredibly stable steel Class I Icebreaker hull and balanced design, paired with voluminous spaces and a list of toys including snowmobiles and even a private submarine, Legend is perfectly suited to for global exploration. Having proven her explorer credentials by already visiting all the corners of the globe, if this mighty explorer floats your boat Legend has just been listed for sale with IYC for a cool €46.5 million.
Pushing boundaries and breaking the moulds is commonplace in the superyacht industry with some of the world’s greatest creative minds at work within it. A growing trend has been the creation of adventurous new concepts and designs that challenge the norm in an attempt to show potential clients that anything is possible! One mind-boggling new concept, a true feat of engineering and design, is Project Cosmos, a brand new 80m motoryacht design developed by Luiz DeBasto in conjunction with Dutch shipyard Oceanco.
Designed with a huge glass dome in place of more usual superstructure decks, the concept was made to challenge convention and provide the ultimate indoor-outdoor flow. “The idea behind Cosmos is to have a yacht where you can be in touch with and enjoy your surroundings while still being in a controlled environment,” says Oceanco. This led to the development of the incredibly complex huge glass dome in the yacht’s design, which floods the ‘sky deck’ of the yacht with light and provides an unrivalled circular view over the yacht’s surroundings. Imagine relaxing in this colossal space with a backdrop of glaciers or stretching white uninhabited beaches. DeBasto and Oceanco insist this challenging design can be built, so watch this space for whether this incredible design will one day hit the water.