Are you a budding megayacht designer, or an inventor with an idea that will enhance the yachting experience? If so, the U.S. Superyacht Association (USSA) wants you. It’s hosting a design and invention competition called the Superyacht Tank Test. The winner in each category will get help in publicizing his or her work.
The Superyacht Tank Test is likened to the TV show “Shark Tank,” since both feature a panel evaluating submissions. It’s being held on March 15 at the USSA’s annual industry event The Superyacht Summit. (Full disclosure: Our editor, Diane M. Byrne, is serving as chairperson of the Summit.) The competition is comprised of two sections: the Designers Challenge and Novelty Now.
For the former, the concept can be a profile design or even clever stowage solutions for helicopters and drive-in tenders. The yacht can be either power or sail, too, between 80 and 400 feet (24.4 and 121.9 meters). Judges will evaluate Design Challenge submissions against a handful of criteria. They include whether the form (a.k.a. aesthetic aspect) follows the functional needs of the yacht and how realistic the design is to build. Designs incorporating proven eco-minded technology are also important.
The Novelty Now portion of the Superyacht Tank Test also applies to power or sail yachts from 80 to 400 feet. It’s open to both inventors as well as entrepreneurs with a business plan for a new company to aid owners and/or the industry. Judges will evaluate submissions against criteria including your goals and objectives, whether you’re marketing to the correct core customer, and what competitive advantages you have.
All Superyacht Tank Test submissions are due by March 7. Finalists will be notified that week and invited to attend The Superyacht Summit on March 15 to personally present their creations. (If you’re unable to attend, you can submit a recorded presentation.) The winners of the Designers Challenge and Novelty Now competitions will get to present their work at the USSA’s stand at the Palm Beach International Boat Show on March 17 and 18. The USSA will additionally send a post-event press release with details about the competition and your creation.