Here’s why the simultaneous design of superyachts and support yachts is a growing trend.
ShadowCat, an award-winning line of bespoke support yachts designed by Incat Crowther and YCTS Ltd., announces an emerging trend. Ultra-High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs) are increasingly designing new superyachts and support yachts simultaneously. The decision to do so maximizes efficiency and reduces the need to compromise. The most recent example of this trend includes the headline-making $500M+ Project Y721. This combined superyacht and support yacht package commissioned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is under construction at Oceanco.
Orders for superyachts and support yachts have spiked during the pandemic. The pandemic also has shifted the activities of UHNWIs from large galas and other society events to more private gatherings that can still deliver a “wow” factor. Superyachts anchored in desirable locations naturally meet these demands. Additionally, UHNWIs are reportedly accumulating wealth in today’s economic climate. This makes the goal of owning a superyacht and shadow vessel quite attainable.
Shadow vessels, such as those in the ShadowCat line, support superyachts. They efficiently carry crew, assets, and gear that make oceanic voyages more pleasurable and safer for owners and their guests. Additionally, as superyachts have expanded in size, owners have turned to shadow vessels to access shallow-water destinations and to carry “toys.”
The rational for simultaneously designing superyachts and shadow vessel is growing. A few of the reasons include:
- Designing superyacht and shadow-vessel plans together lets them deliver the perfect balance of space, layout, and carrying capacity. “Designers can holistically plan the functional space of each vessel and how they will work together at sea,” says Robert Smith, director of YCTS Ltd. Depending on an owner’s specific requirements, the space aboard a superyacht can become guest accommodation and entertainment areas. Meanwhile, the support craft can house crew and carry assets. These include a helicopter and fully sized hanger, multiple tenders, a submarine, or jet skis and more.
- When simultaneous design and construction occurs, time and expenses reduce. “Time is money,” Smith explains. “Planning for both vessels up front maximizes everyone’s efforts, reduces shipyard time and costs. In the past, owners built their superyachts first and ordered a shadow vessel later. This staggered approach forced them to endure costly and time-consuming retrofits to get what they really wanted all along. Today the process is being flipped to ensure long-term use cases are being considered earlier and to reduce these inefficiencies.”
- There is no need to compromise on vessel designs. Whether an owner wants space for hyperbaric chambers, submarines, or water slides, designers have the space to make it possible. “Concepting two yachts instead of one is a designer’s dream because they are always forced with balancing design integrity with necessary functions,” Smith shares. “Working on mother and daughter vessels together provides even more luxury and space for the owner’s enjoyment on the main vessel. Historic design constraints are lifted by offloading the more practical elements to the shadow yacht.”
The only question remaining is who will make headlines next by commissioning orders for a superyachts and support yachts. By designing and building the vessels together, those in the market are more likely to obtain everything they desire, without sacrifice, more efficiently and more economically.
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