It’s not the size of your yacht but how you use it that counts and, to make the most of your newfound nautical life, you need the right gear. There’s only so long you can spend on a sun lounger after all. So, whether you prefer to stay above the water, speed along it or explore beneath, there’s a toy, gadget or fully-fledged vehicle for you. The only question is where you’re going to keep them all. Maybe it’s time for a new yacht after all…
Riva Rivamare, €992,000
Let’s start with something vital: the tender. It’s how you get to and from your yacht and is an integral part of the whole nautical lifestyle – a lifestyle that Riva has been helping define for decades. The Italian boatmaker is a legend steeped in glamour and the stunning 39-foot Rivamare is the jewel in their crown. Flowing, sinuous lines, beautiful finishing and seriously sporty specs, Riva’s is the ultimate tender.
Platypus Craft, from €92,500
Somewhere in the murky waters between boat and submarine lies the Platypus Craft. The concept’s certainly a novel one: drive it to the nearest reef and lower the central seating section directly into the water. The Platypus will pump water down to you and you can steer as you go. It’s essentially hi-tech snorkelling and comes in a number of different specs and finishes so you can match it to both your needs and your yacht.
Yamaha Waverunner FX Cruiser SVHO, £17,899
While not quite as vital as a tender in a practical sense, what self-respecting yacht owner doesn’t have a jet ski or two lying around? Yamaha’s FC Cruiser is at the top of the pile when it comes to high performance overwater fun. It can sit three people at once, though if you want to hit it’s 70mph top speed you might want to go it alone. Electrifying acceleration, nimble steering and a sound like a seafaring Lamborghini, the only way you’ll be getting out of the driving seat is if your passengers mutiny.
Trinton 3300 / 3, from $3,000,000
Triton may have just reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep with the 36000 / 2, but don’t worry about that nightmare; the 3300 / 3 is their signature civilian model and has everything the average explorer could ask for. It can reach depths of 3,300 feet (1,000 metres) and can carry a solid 8,000kg, making it one of the most versatile subs out there. It’s the perfect reconnaissance vehicle for a little filming trip to the depths. Well, maybe not Mariana Trench depths, but at least enough to hunt for a shipwreck or two. Oh and in case you’re a little wary about trying it out, the price includes a few weeks of pilot training.
Seabob F5 SR, €14,565
Who can be bothered with actually swimming when all you need to do is hold onto this? The F5 SR is the top of the Seabob range and its E-Jet Power System can shoot at a serious turn of speed through the water. It comes with a chrome finish as standard (usually an extra) and pair of rear fins add stability. Those fins are a necessity if you want to make the most of the model’s twin integrated cameras. Thanks to the Wi-Fi transmission model you can even send your footage directly to land. Reef exploring has never been more fun.
Mako Slingshot, £8,999
Surfing is hard work. Not only that, but you’re beholden to the whims of the weather: no wind, no waves, no surfing. So we have the Slingshot, a motorised board that flies in the face of calm waters. Incredibly stable, it’s simple to use for first-time riders while seasoned surfers can still get a rush pushing this thing to its limits. Despite being motorised, it does still feel like a proper surfboard and thanks to a carbon fibre hull is lightweight and portable. Sure you won’t be able to take part in any competitions, but while you’re zipping around a windless lagoon who really cares? makoboardsports.com
Navatics Mito Drone, $1,999
If you’ve already had a long day of swimming, don’t fancy getting wet or are terrified that there be dragons, a camera-equipped submarine drone is a good shout. When it comes to filming, none surpass the Navatics Mito, which is equipped with the most stable 4k camera on the market. You can wirelessly stream it directly to your phone which, thanks to a four-hour battery life, allows you to explore endlessly from the comfort of your sun lounger. Just beware those dragons don’t take too much of a liking to it. I hear they don’t like being on camera.
Ozone Mojo PWR, from £2,570
Take a paraglider, add a giant fan, and what have you got? The Ozone Mojo PWR. Powered paragliding – like a powered surfboard – means you can take to the skies in most weather, making it one of the coolest ways to get to the shore. Just take off from your top deck and zip across the water like a secret agent; just make sure you stick the landing. The Mojo CWR is designed to be the most accessible powered paraglider around so, while you still need to take some initial lessons, it’s the easiest to make the most of.