Design trends, new technologies and ever-evolving construction capabilities are just the tip of the iceberg when someone is looking to build a new yacht. From lightweight build materials to the use of glass in part of the yacht’s structure, and from foredeck pools to balconies that extend outside living space, building a superyacht takes time but most importantly expertise.
Camper & Nicholsons has been associated with the design and build of many of the world’s most iconic, ground-breaking and highly-acclaimed superyachts. Whether you’re looking to commission a custom design and embark on your own new build, or acquire a project already underway that you can add the finishing touches to, the experts of the Camper & Nicholsons new build division are the place to start. They give us the rundown of the current top 10 new yacht build trends and explore some of the finest examples currently on the market.
The requirements of today’s discerning superyacht owner are ten-fold and with rapidly changing fashions and developments in technology. A superyacht design that can stand the test of time is key.
The Infinity range from Rossinavi, and in particular the Infinity 69, aims to future-proof the yacht for years to come. The design establishes a connection with the sea, with a forward view to the horizon as well as a view over the stern from the entertaining space. Exterior lines are timeless with sporty; sweeping curves flowing into one another in a way reminiscent of waves.
When cruising the world, the last thing you want is to be unable to access a beautiful beach because of a hefty draft. Infinity 69’s draft of between 2m and 2.5m permits her access to many of the most desirable spots – allowing you to be the biggest boat in the bay, without incurring any embarrassing bumps.
The displacement hull delivers a speed in excess of 20 knots with high stability even in rough sea. Internal noise levels have also been given special attention, and the values are considerably lower than yachts of similar stature.
The ability to adventure around the world is surely one of the most appealing aspects of superyacht ownership. Attributes of the larger 80m+ expedition vessels are now being incorporated into yachts of 45m to 80m, allowing the previously Mediterranean and Caribbean-bound cruisers to venture off the beaten track.
DAYS, a 68m explorer vessel from AES Yachts, offers exactly that. In steel with an aluminium superstructure, this vessel designed by Hot Lab features a touch-and-go helipad with two 9m tenders. Other on board facilities include a well-equipped gym, a massage room, and the upper deck is given over in its entirety to the owner’s accommodation – creating a private, apartment-style living space.
Glass – and more glass
Establishing a visual connection with the sea from on board a yacht is harder than it sounds. These days, thanks to new techniques, it’s possible to incorporate more glass than ever before, which the CRN 62m does it exceptionally well.
Sweeping through the yacht’s hull and her main deck living space is a striking line of floor-to-ceiling windows that not only allow for an influx of natural light to the interior, but offer an unhindered view of the ocean. Flanking the main saloon and dining area, they make the space feel more like a high-rise penthouse apartment than a yacht. Equipped with powerful engines, the CRN 62m will deliver a range of 4,500nm at her 12 knot cruising speed.
Large sailing superyachts are making a comeback. Having experienced a boom in the early 2000s, recently launches of 40m-plus yachts have been few and far between. The environmental drive to enjoy our oceans with decreased impact has led sailing yacht builders to present concepts that offer ocean-crossing cruising with motor yacht levels of luxury.
Perini Navi’s 47m E-Volution is a shining example of such a vessel. This innovative yacht features a new hybrid propulsion system, combining a diesel engine with an electric motor, developed in-house.
Across her two interior decks the yacht accommodates 10 guests in five suites, along with crew quarters for a complement of seven, including the Captain. A tiered transom allows for a lower deck much closer to the water, and a spacious flybridge offers cushioned sun pads and a casual dining space with elevated views.
For many owners, time is money and this, the most luxurious of assets, can be hard to come by. As a result, yachts that can deliver long-range cruising ability in a speedy fashion are highly sought-after.
The 54m GranSport from Mangusta, with a sporty exterior profile by Alberto Mancini, is the ultimate fusion of high performance and seakeeping excellence, along with advanced capabilities for extended voyages.
Comfort hasn’t been overlooked and the GranSport offers expansive deck spaces, a custom-designed pool and a large swim platform with a beach club lounge.
The motor yacht’s sleek and aggressive lines also give her an edgy and racy exterior that match her personality perfectly and she is to be the flagship of the shipyard’s range.
Statement swimming pools
ISA Yachts’ 67m GranTurismo pushes the boundaries of design with a pioneering swimming pool on the main aft deck. On larger yachts this kind of plunge pool is becoming more common, and is a feature often included alongside an on-deck jacuzzi.
This statement feature has an infinity edge and is enclosed by a U-shaped curve of glass. The pool is a focal point of the yacht’s exterior and the design lends itself well to some serious socialising.
Among the GranTurismo’s other features are a touch-and-go helipad, a spacious flybridge deck with a glass “house”, and state-of-the-art exterior lighting that highlights this superyacht’s striking lines.
The Italian shipyards are notorious for their build quality, attention to detail and unique design flair. If you’re looking for fine craftsmanship and a little extra style, project MG129 from Cantiere delle Marche is for you. The yacht boasts an exceptional design pedigree, with her exterior silhouette and interior styling the work of the inimitable Francesco Paszkowski.
MG129 offers premium seaworthiness along with superior style, with Paszkowski’s design focusing on functionality and on board lifestyle. The superyacht can accommodate up to 12 guests in five suites, as well as seven crew members in separate quarters.
There’s a raised jacuzzi on the sun deck, dining table and plenty of cushioned sun pads, and a large lounge area on the foredeck. This versatile 40m superyacht will allow you to cross the seas with confidence, in comfort, and with Italian sophistication.
When you step aboard your superyacht, it should feel like a home away from home. Now everything from the décor to the layout is given careful consideration, replicating life on shore.
Heesen’s 50m Aquamarine uses curved bulwarks to differentiate between living spaces, but overall the design is open-plan akin to a modern apartment. Full-height windows in the master suite are reminiscent of a high-rise loft apartment, but with mesmerising sea views there’s no danger of forgetting where you are.
With an aluminium hulled superyacht comes greater scope of design and weight-saving efficiency, resulting in greater top speeds.
CCN’s DOM 123, designed by Studio Vafiadis, offers all the marks of a mega yacht in a smaller, 37m package. Coming in at just 395GT, this yacht has fantastic interior volume, owed in part to her 8.7m beam. The design offers a uniquely spacious layout with six guest suites. The yacht also features an elevator that connects the lower deck with the sun deck.
The hull, tested at the Brodarsky Institute of Zagreb, features a forward bulb to optimise performance, navigability and efficiency, and provides high stability in all sea conditions.
When you’re cruising the coastline in the warm summer breeze, on deck is the only place to be. Understandably, a design that maximises on-deck living space comes high on the list of criteria for any prospective superyacht owner.
Meeting the brief for a life lived al fresco, is the 48m T-Line from Baglietto. Due for delivery in 2020, this Francesco Paszkowski-designed superyacht can boast over 246 square metres of deck space. The Baglietto’s sun deck is the largest of a yacht in this class and features a huge jacuzzi pool as well as a bar, barbecue and grill. On her upper deck, a dining area and outdoor lounge is a welcoming spot for guests to relax. The design also incorporates a 46 square metre beach club at water level, which leads through to a gym and spa facilities.
To discuss any of these projects in further detail, or your own superyacht new build or purchase requirements, please contact Camper & Nicholsons.
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