Superyachts of the future: Bigger, greener, sexier
2019-02-02 21:59

(CNN) — Most of us will never set foot on a swanky superyacht. We'd be lucky to even catch a glimpse of one of these streamlined, gleaming vessels docked in Monaco or Miami.


But for billionaires in the top 1% wealth bracket, a superyacht is a must-have sign of status -- and the perfect way to travel the world.


Luxury yachts have been sailing the seas since the early 20th century. Since then, designs have got bigger, better, more extravagant and more adventurous.


So where next for these opulent ocean-goers?


CNN Travel recently weighed anchor at the Superyachts Top 100 symposium in London to discover the major superyacht trends to watch out for in 2019 and beyond.


Supersize yachts


The most obvious direction for the next generation of elite seagoing vessels is an increase in size -- more and more are now exceeding the 100-meter mark and heading for supersize status, says Jonathan Beckett, CEO of superyacht brokerage Burgess.

豪华游艇经纪公司Burgess的首席执行长贝克特(Jonathan Beckett)说,下一代精英游艇最明显的发展方向就是尺寸的增加,现在越来越多的游艇尺寸超过100米,正朝着超大尺寸的方向发展。

Currently, Superyachts Top 100 ranks a boat launched in 2013 as the world's longest. Azzam, measuring 180 meters end-to-end, was built by German shipyard Lurssen and is now belived to be owned by United Arab Emirates President Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan.


Once 40-meter boats were considered modest compared with larger craft; now even 60-meter vessels are seen as small by today's standards, Beckett explains.


This rise in the number of larger yachts is directly linked to an increase in the number of billionaires, says a representative of Dutch shipbuilders Feadship.


Plus, thanks to the booming tech industry, billionaires are getting younger. These millennial magnates want bigger boats, in more unusual designs that challenge expectations.


They're still the preserve of the wealthiest of the wealthy though. As one symposium attendee puts it, for a vessel of 120 meters or more "you need to be a sheikh or an oligarch."


Explorer yachts


Younger yacht owners aren't, apparently, interested in a white yacht with a spotless exterior and the traditional "wedding cake" shape.


Instead, these junior billionaires want their floating palaces to double up as genuine ocean-going sea craft, capable of reaching far-flung corners like Alaska, the Northwest Passage and beyond.


This is where "explorer" yachts come in -- state-of-the-art vessels that, while perhaps less glamorous, have the capacity to chart more extreme waters.


"A Land Rover of the sea, instead of a Bentley," is how British yacht designers H2 describe this new breed of upscale boat.


Among them is REV Ocean -- currently being built by Norwegian company Vard. With a projected length of 182.6 meters, it's the largest superyacht currently under construction.

其中之一是REV Ocean,目前由挪威公司Vard建造。预计长度为182.6米,是目前在建的最大的超级游艇。

When built, it'll steal the world's largest superyacht accolade from Azzam -- assuming no other upcoming yachts go even bigger.


REV Ocean is being created to match the specific vision of its owner, Kjell Inge Røkke.

REV Ocean是被创造出符合其所有者的特定愿景,谢尔•英奇罗克(Kjell Inge Røkke)。

Røkke is a billionaire Norwegian businessman who, after owning several more conventional superyachts, decided he wanted something different: an explorer vessel that could provide both personal pleasure and contribute to improving the state of the world's oceans.


Due to launch in 2020, REV Ocean will have a Scandi industrial chic luxury interior equipped with a lecture theater, submarines and laboratories.

REV Ocean将于2020年投入使用,它将拥有斯坎迪(Scandi)工业风格的豪华内景,配有演讲厅、潜艇和实验室。 

Its exterior will be equipped for adventure.


"[The owner] brainstormed with a few designers and technicians and thought -- maybe we could split the boat into two, in a way, and have a luxury part of it but also have it as a functioning research vessel," Lawrence Hislop, communication manager for REV Ocean, tells CNN Travel.

“(船主)与一些设计师和技术人员进行了头脑风暴,他们想—或许我们可以把船分成两部分,一部分是豪华的,另一部分是作为一艘功能正常的研究船,”REV Ocean的公关经理劳伦斯·希斯洛普(Lawrence Hislop)告诉美国有线电视新闻网旅游频道(CNN Travel)。

"It's one thing to sail on top of the ocean, but there's so much technology available now that lets you get underneath the water and explore the oceans in a completely unique way," says Hislop.


REV Ocean isn't the first of its kind, although its arguably taking the concept to new heights.

REV Ocean并不是同类中的第一个,但可以说它将这一概念提升到了一个新的高度。

The explorer-style superyacht has been floating around for some time, with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's 126-meter Octopus vessel starting the trend back in 2003.

这艘探险风格的超级游艇已经漂浮了一段时间,微软联合创始人保罗•艾伦(Paul Allen)的126米章鱼号游艇早在2003年就引领了这一潮流。

But it's now becoming more common.


While superyacht manufacturers agree that more and more clients want to voyage beyond the traditional blue-water havens of the Mediterranean and Caribbean, those chartering private yachts seem less inclined to go exploring in less benign seas.


But for those with the cash to own a personal yacht, the ability to get away from the crowds is increasingly paramount.


Out-there features


Explorer or not, crazily extravagant features continue to be de-rigueur on the superyacht circuit.


The Russian preference is for a snow room -- an icy spa chamber complete with tumbling flakes. US clients want a gym. Helicopter pads are normal.


On Feadship's Faith, a 96-metersuperyacht which made its maiden voyage in 2017, a curved-glass swimming pool forms the watery backdrop to the downstairs bar.

Feadship's Faith是一艘96米长的超级游艇,于2017年首航。一层的酒吧以一个弧形玻璃游泳池里的水作为背景。

Other features include stabilized pool tables (or even dining tables that convert to pool tables) and aquariums. High-spec IMAX cinema projection equipment is also in demand alongside lower-tech popcorn machines.


Italian superyacht company Bennetti highlights gimbaled wine cellars -- which keep the floor level against ocean undulations so as not to disturb the expensive vintages stowed on board.


Stabilization to prevent drink glasses from wobbling is also a thing, as is noise-reduction, but these mechanical extras come at a high price.


Something like a gold tap, for example, is expensive not necessarily because of the gold, but because of the mechanism involved, says a spokesman for German shipbuilders Lurssen.


More play, less work


Another trend is exterior and interior design that allows yacht guests to get as close as possible to the water.


Whereas the prime real estate on a superyacht was once the sundeck, now a "beach club" area closer to the water is more desirable, says H2.


This trend is seen in most yachts that have premiered in the past couple of years. A prime example is Italian yacht builder Fincantieri's design for upcoming vessel Private Bay, a 120-meter vessel, equipped with a luxurious beach club, al fresco cinema and sea-level pool.

这种趋势在过去几年上市的大多数游艇上都有体现。一个典型的例子就是意大利游艇制造商Fincantieri为即将到来的船只Private Bay设计的,这艘120米长的船只配有豪华的海滩俱乐部、露天电影院和海平面游泳池。

Yacht designers seek to emphasize the connection with the ocean in other ways too.


Another upcoming Fincantieri yacht, Mirage, reflects water with its glass panels, giving the 106-meter vessel the illusion of blending seamlessly into the sea.


In the past wealthy tycoons often used their superyachts to conduct important business matters, but Dutch yacht builder Oceanco says there's been a move away from this with fewer request for offices on board as owners prefer to use them as places to relax with family.


It's linked to a desire for privacy, says Oceanco's representative at the symposium. He points out that owners use the yacht for shorter, more frequent vacations.


Instead of offices, owners want spas, gyms, pools and cinema rooms -- features that appeal more to their kids than prospective business partners.




Steering an enormous boat across the world's oceans is never going to be a particularly eco-friendly affair -- but all the companies involved in the London symposium agree that owners are becoming increasingly concerned with the environmental impact of their yachts.


This quest for low-emission sailing is leading to new innovations in design, such as Oceanco's Black Pearl, delivered in 2018.


This imposing sailing yacht is over 106 meters long, with three incredible black sails made from carbon fiber by Dykstra Naval Architects.


The yacht's 2,900 square meters of sails can be set in seven minutes, via the push of a button.


The Black Pearl aims to be the most fuel-efficient superyacht ever, capable of traversing the Atlantic without burning any fuel -- although it will come equipped with a hybrid diesel-electric system.


The Black Pearl's owner -- reportedly Russian billionaire Oleg Burlakev, co-founder of oil and gas company Burneftegaz -- says he's been inspired to acquire the boat as much by environmental awareness as by an interest in innovation due to their engineering background.

据报道,“黑珍珠号”的所有者、俄罗斯亿万富翁奥列格·布拉克夫(Oleg Burlakev)是石油天然气公司Burneftegaz的联合创始人。布拉克夫说,他之所以买下这艘船,既是出于环保意识,也是出于对创新的兴趣。

"Eco-consciousness is vital for the future of our planet," the owner said, in a statement provided by Oceanco. "I wholeheartedly support research that will drive us to more sustainability and I have ensured that green technology was very much a part of the creation of Black Pearl."


The Black Pearl won a prize for Best Naval Architecture for Sailing Yachts in the 2019 Boat International Design & Innovation Awards -- although its design remains in flux. Oceanco are also hoping to refit the yacht with solar sails in the future.


Nobiskrug's Sailing Yacht A, believed to be owned by another Russian billionaire, Andrey Melnichenko, also draws power from hybrid sources. The company says it hopes such technology will become as common in yachts as it is in road vehicles nowadays.

据信,另一位俄罗斯亿万富翁安德烈•梅尔尼琴科(Andrey Melnichenko)拥有诺比斯克rug的帆船A号。该公司表示,希望这种技术在游艇上的普及能像汽车一样。

Like Black Pearl, Sailing Yacht A has three masts, but unlike the newer yacht, she's not fully fuel-free and instead operates as a sail-assisted motor yacht.


The yacht is almost 143 meters in length with 10-meter masts made of carbon fiber. Her unusual height meant that air traffic had to be suspended when she recently sailed past Copenhagen.


There's even an elevator on the masts, just for fun. Brave guests can ascend to the top and admire views to the horizon.


Nobiskrug's spokesman says that superyacht owners are willing to pay more for greener vessels, but the yachts are never going to be fully emission-free. All the ships have air conditioning, for example.


Plus, some superyacht owners are going to be more interested in pushing the boat out (pardon the pun) on eco-innovation than others.


Feadship's spokesman adds: "Ultimately, it's the whims of the client."


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