future of super yachts

The first hybrid super yacht?

Developed by Dutch shipbuilders Feadship, the 83.5m Savannah is the first vessel of this magnitude to feature a blend of single diesel engine – a medium-speed Wärtsilä brand engine that replaces the two higher-rev diesel engines that might conventionally be used – with three gensets, some one million Watts of Li-ion batteries, a propeller, an azimuthing thruster and a streamlined hull shape. While that may mean little to those without an engineering background, the integration of these electro-mechanical components should result in fuel savings of 30 per cent in comparison to other similarly sized yachts.

The yacht also features a propeller that is 40 per cent larger than the norm and Feadship claims that Savannah has a better engine load than any other superyacht. Speaking about the development, the yacht owner’s project manager Ted McCumber said: “It is not the individual technologies used on Savannah that are new in the yachting world – it is the way they have been combined.”


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Plans draw for super yacht the size of an oil tanker??

When it comes to the competitive world of superyachts, size appears to be a big consideration. One design firm has taken this to another level and a drawn up plans of a vessel with the dimensions of an oil tanker.

Measuring 918ft in length(double the length of the current largest super yacht.) Plans include a four-storey ski slope - complete with Austrian-themed Apres lodge.

The design is the brainchild of an Austrian firm called MOTION Code: BLUE and is planned to appeal to billionaires in the Gulf, who may like to celebrate their oil-based wealth with a superyacht designed to look like a tanker.

Billionaires will be able to entertain guests across the 11 decks, store five helicopters on board, receive visitors arriving at the three helipads, and relax in the four-deck-high atrium, complete with waterfalls. Plans include eight two-storey VIP suites, another 12 guest cabins, theatres, four beach clubs with access to the sea, concert halls, libraries and offices.  Wet garages will store tender boats and toys including speedboats and jet skis so guests can entertain themselves without having to head to the beach. The enormous area can be explored using custom painted BMW 13 electric cars to zip passengers form one end of the boat to another. 

A Suezmax oil tanker can normally hold around one million barrels of oil and burn up to 60 tons of fuel on a daily basis to power them through the water. 

Good news from crew employment if these plans ever get the go ahead! Although cleaning a vessel this size may put many crew off!
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The future for super yachts... looking bright with numbers of yachts set to grow

The future for the super yacht industry looks very bright, which is great news for crew as with the increased demand for more yachts, that are not only bigger but more sophisticated so the demand for crew will grow.

The below article featured in The Super Yacht Report informs of a predicted 7, 000 new yachts to join the super yacht fleet by 2032. See below article for more information