Superyachts have come a long way since their inception and it is always interesting to see how things will change along the way. It remains to be seen what 2022 and onwards will bring to the industry however some things are inevitable.
With a generation of younger owners this may bring bolder concept designs but what else could we expect to see:
- Sustainable energy. With the agreement of the IMO to cut all emissions from all vessels by 50% by 2050 we will see more and more green yachts at sea.
- Further automation and technology aboard. As technology progresses we can expect to see a wider range of technology being utilised. From Drone Defence systems, anti eavesdropping devices, ROVS being used for subsurface inspections to technology such as smartphone apps and emotional rooms to name just a few.
- 3D printing. As it becomes faster and cheaper to make components will we see more 3D printing onboard our superyachts, specifically for emergency parts in remote locations.
- More efficient hull designs to maximise and optimize performance.
- Owners will travel to more remote areas. As the younger generation become more involved we will see owners travelling to and seeking out more remote areas rather than sticking to their usual milk-run destinations.
- Will we see a more diverse mix of gender and ethnicity? There is a lack of diversity in the industry in this regard and we can only hope that as the industry changes this issue changes along with it.
- With the current covid pandemic the superyacht industry has seen a major shift in the medical protocols onboard. In an effort to maintain a “Covid Bubble” superyachts have been investing in covid fighting equipment such as UVC Air and Decontamination machines, Biocidal Sanitation Mats, state of the art contactless Access Control with built in thermal temperature testing as well as Infra-red testing and AI tracing technology.
- Security as ever within the industry is essential to protect your vessel. Although the reported piracy incidents have dropped we must not become complacent. Having onboard security must remain to reduce the risk of successful attacks. Yachts are now operating in more remote areas and need more specialist skills onboard to safeguard the assets effectively.
- Future proofing yachts to ensure they can adapt to new technology and changing cruising grounds.