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  11 March 2015 posted on 11/03/2015 à 17:34

Top 5 superyacht design features found on the world’s largest yachts

 1. PRIVATE OWNERS’ DECK:


Gone are the days of simply having a large stateroom forward on the main or upper deck. Today’s large yachts require a whole apartment on a private deck to satiate superyacht owners. Witness Blohm+Voss-built superyacht Eclipse, the now number two largest yacht in the world at 162.5 metres, with an owner’s deck measuring about 56 metres in length. Then there’s the 119m Blohm+Voss A, with a loft-like owner’s suite that also includes an aft-facing balcony. The newly delivered 82m Graceful, also from the Blohm+Voss shipyard, has a similar setup. Some owners want more than a mere balcony, though, which is why motor yachts like the 114.5m Lürssen Pelorus include a private al fresco area off the owner’s suite. The new 80m CRN superyacht Chopi Chopi, pictured above, has an expansive private outside space on the owner’s deck, too. Part of it is shaded, with furnishings suitable for taking in an anchorage or enjoying morning coffee. The part that’s not shaded doubles as a helipad. The owner’s deck additionally features a pool and a TV lounge.


 


2. HELICOPTER DECK:


Sure, limo tenders allow you to arrive in style, but it’s hard to compare the experience with being whisked from the airport straight to the deck of your yacht. The list of megayachts with helipads is long, but some of the Top 200 largest boats are taking the concept up a notch, such as the 85.5m Oceanco Sunrays, whose whirlybird has a matching color scheme, and Chopi Chopi, which, as mentioned above, situates the helipad steps away from the owner’s suite. If you don’t like your chopper being out in the open, borrow a page from the owner of the new 99m award-winning Feadship yacht Madame Gu. That yacht’s helicopter tucks away in a belowdecks hangar, as do those on Luna and Eclipse.


 


3. DRIVE-IN TENDER BAY:


When imagination and technology meet, they make for fantastic features like floodable tender garages with guests boarding comfortably within the yacht. Tenders and toys can float right in, and once they’re securely in place, the water gets pumped out, taking mere minutes. When the 258-foot Royal DenshipPegasus V was delivered (as Princess Mariana) in 2003, she took yacht watchers by storm with her aft arrangement for two boats. She wasn’t the only yacht to debut that year with this novel feature. The 414-foot Lürssen Octopus was handed over in 2003, too, though kept most of her features unknown until she started cruising in the public eye. Not until photographers started getting good photos of Octopus did most people learn her tender bay allowed two craft to maneuver in. Each is impressively in the 65-foot range; one is a custom Vikal named Man-of-War, and the other, even more impressive, is a mini-submarine.


 


4. EXACT-REPLICA TENDERS:


Limo tenders are understandably popular, as they allow shuttling owners and guests to and from shore while offering protection from wind and water. Yachts like the 95.15m Blohm+Voss Palladium and the 85.6m Derecktor superyacht Cakewalk take the concept up a notch as their owners commissioned tenders to complement and exactly match the mothership’s styling. Palladium has two 10m tenders (capable of 40 knots, no less) built by Cougar Marine to specifications by Michael Leach Design, which also styled the yacht. Cakewalk has an 11m Vikal limo tender styled by Tim Heywood who also designedCakewalk herself. Then there’s Blohm+Voss superyacht A, with three distinctly different tenders, one being a 11m craft with lines penned by Philippe Starck to match his equally different vision for A.


 


5. BOLD PAINT JOBS:


White hulls and superstructures don’t suit everybody, and even dark-blue or green hulls are too conservative for others. Maybe that was the thinking behind Feadship’s 77.7m Tango, which makes clever use of metallic greys and blues. The greys wind their way across the superstructure,
aft to front, in shapes akin to waves.

Top 5 superyacht design features found on the world’s largest yachts
Top 5 superyacht design features found on the world’s largest yachts
Top 5 superyacht design features found on the world’s largest yachts
Top 5 superyacht design features found on the world’s largest yachts
Top 5 superyacht design features found on the world’s largest yachts


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