This year’s Global Order Book by Boat International shows the superyacht industry is in robust health with a record number of superyachts on order or in build. The official results indicate 1,203 ongoing projects, representing an increase of 17.5 per cent over last year’s 1,024.
The strong results are caveated by analysis in the report that highlights several disruptive factors, including supply chain issues and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Some 95 yachts remain in this year’s count after slipping from their anticipated delivery year, because parts were delayed or their owners are subject to sanctions.
The Global Order Book also highlights additional global trends, including heightened demand for explorer yachts and multi-hulled vessels. The figures also demonstrate the continued success of the semi-custom yachting market and the strength of Italian shipyards.
“In many ways, yachts are the ultimate dream project—from shaping the walls and ceilings in new and novel ways, to designing not simply a graceful staircase or two but practically all of the furnishings,” London-based designer Achille Salvagni told Architectural Digest, who relies on a team of 25 architects, naval architects, and interior designers to help him.
Securing a yacht commission is a highly effective way for designers to up their cachet to an entire new category of clients globally, while potentially scoring some major residential projects along the way.
These are some of the popular trends in luxury yacht design:
Sustainable materials and technologies: Many yacht designers are focusing on using sustainable materials and technologies in their designs to reduce the environmental impact of yachting. This can include using sustainable materials like bamboo, recycled plastic, and recycled aluminum, as well as incorporating solar panels and other renewable energy systems.
Clean, modern lines: Yacht design is trending towards clean, modern lines, with a focus on simplicity and minimalism. This can include the use of geometric shapes and a lack of ornamentation in the design.
Wellness kingdom: Many yachts are including wellness areas, such as spas, fitness centers, and meditation spaces, to allow guests to relax and rejuvenate.
Helicopter landing pads: Many yachts are including helicopter landing pads, which allow for easy and convenient transportation to and from the yacht.
Increased use of glass: Many yacht designers are incorporating more glass into their designs, both for its aesthetic appeal and for the increased natural light it provides. This can include the use of large windows, sliding glass doors, and glass railings.
Outdoor living spaces: There is a trend towards creating more outdoor living spaces on yachts, including outdoor dining areas, lounges, and pools. This allows for a more seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Multifunctional spaces: Yacht designers are creating more multifunctional spaces that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as a gym that can be transformed into a movie theater or a deck that can be used for outdoor dining or as a dance floor.
Smart home technology: Many yachts are being equipped with smart home technology, including automation systems that can control lighting, temperature, and other features, as well as entertainment systems that can be controlled remotely.
Beach clubs: Beach clubs, which are areas on the yacht that can be used for swimming, sunbathing, and other beach activities, are becoming increasingly popular. These spaces often include a pool, a bar, and other amenities.