October 19, 2022
New Trends in Yachting- What Does the Future Hold?
As the world of yachting continues to evolve, so too do the trends that shape it. While some aspects of the industry remain constant, others are always in flux, making it difficult to predict what the future might hold.
However, by taking a closer look at the current landscape and understanding the direction in which the industry is heading, we can begin to get a sense of what the next few years might have in store.
1. Yacht designs are being reimagined to promote wellness and active lifestyles
Sleek and stylish yachts built for speed and performance have long been the norm in the yachting world. But as health and wellness continue to be top priorities for many people, we’re seeing a shift towards yacht designs that promote an active lifestyle.
Most of the luxury superyachts being built today come equipped with state-of-the-art facilities like:
- Elaborate fitness centers: You will find all the exercise equipment, yoga and Pilates studios, saunas, and steam rooms on a yacht that you would find in a five-star hotel.
- Massage rooms and onboard spas with cryo chambers: These help you to recover from a strenuous workout or a long day of exploring ashore. In a cryo-chamber, your body is exposed to sub-zero temperatures for a short period, which has been shown to have numerous health benefits.
- Large open decks: Perfect for sunbathing, relaxing, or taking a dip in the pool.
- Spa pools and hammams: A spa pool is a small pool, usually with massage jets, that is used for hydrotherapy. A hammam is a type of steam room that is traditionally found in the Middle East. If you are on a luxury yacht in Dubai, you are likely to find a hammam onboard.
- Steam showers: These are becoming increasingly popular in yacht designs as they offer several benefits, including improved circulation and muscle relaxation.
- Open-air gourmet experience: Outdoor kitchens and dining areas are perfect places to enjoy some fresh air while you cook and dine.
Today, yacht experiences are all about promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, both on and off the water.
2. Yachting is becoming more sustainable
As concerns about climate change continue to grow, the yachting industry is coming under pressure to make its operations more sustainable. While there has been some progress made in recent years, there is still a long way to go. However, some of the new trends we are seeing in the yachting world suggest that things are moving in the right direction.
- Use of alternative sources of energy: One of the most significant changes we are seeing is a move away from fossil fuels toward alternative sources of energy. Solar power is being increasingly used to power onboard systems, and many new yachts are now being built with electric propulsion systems.
- Reduced water consumption: Water is a precious resource, and yachts use a lot of it. As the focus on green yachting is increasing, more and more yachts are being fitted with water conservation systems, such as low-flow toilets and greywater recycling.
- New-generation and eco-friendly materials: Yacht builders are also starting to use more eco-friendly materials in the construction of new vessels. Flax and basalt fibres, for example, are being used as alternatives to traditional carbon fibre. Lignia, a type of modified wood, is another material that is becoming popular in the yacht building industry.
- Bio-resins and green paints: In the past, many of the products used in yacht construction and maintenance contained harmful chemicals that could damage the environment. However, this is starting to change, with more and more companies developing eco-friendly alternatives. Bio-resins, for example, are made from plant materials and are a much safer option than their synthetic counterparts
3. Increasing use of luxury day boats
While luxury superyachts are still the pinnacle of the yachting world, we are seeing a growing trend for luxury day boats. These vessels are smaller and more agile than traditional yachts, making them perfect for exploring the sheltered coastline and intimate anchorages.
What’s more, they are much easier to manoeuvre and require less fuel to run, which makes them more sustainable.
Even these smaller boats are offering:
- Luxurious accommodations: Dayboats may be smaller than traditional yachts, but they still offer plenty of space for guests to enjoy. Many of these vessels come with luxurious staterooms, gourmet kitchens and spacious living areas.
- Open spaces and 360° views: One of the best things about day boats is that they offer guests uninterrupted views in all directions. From the large open deck to the panoramic windows in the main living area, there is nowhere onboard where you won’t be able to enjoy the view.
- Beach clubs: Have you tried wakeboarding? How about water skiing? If you are looking for a more adventurous day on the water, then a day boat with a beach club is the perfect option. These areas are usually located at the back of the vessel and come complete with all the latest toys and equipment.
- True connection with the sea: If you want to get away from it all, then a day boat is a perfect choice. These vessels offer a true connection with the sea, with nothing between you and the water but a few feet of deck.
4. The rise of exploration yachts
As yacht owners increasingly look to explore new horizons, we are seeing a growing trend for exploration yachts. These vessels are designed and built to go where other yachts cannot, with features such as long-range fuel tanks, ice-strengthened hulls and helipads.
They often come complete with their own mini-submarines and tend to have a larger crew than traditional yachts, as they need to be able to handle any situation.
5. Increasing use of yacht charters by millennials
One of the most notable trends in recent years has been the rise of luxury yacht charters. This is largely due to the increased accessibility of chartering services and the growing popularity of destinations such as the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
As the world is coming out of COVID-19 pandemic effects, yacht charters have caught the eye of millennials who account for most of the high net-worth individuals.
Millennials are increasingly choosing to charter yachts as opposed to buying them outright. It might be because of the increased cost of buying a yacht or the flexibility that chartering offers. Yacht charters also allow a person to try out different yachts before making a commitment.
6. Customization is the key to top-notch yacht rental businesses
Personalization has become a must in every business, and the yacht rental industry is no different. Yacht rental businesses are offering more and more customizable experiences to their clients, from choosing the menu to planning the itinerary.
This trend is being driven by the increasing demands of millennials, who expect an experience that is tailored to their specific needs and preferences.
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