Forecast: Increasing environmental awareness will drive the number of orders for sailing yachts up, at least in Europe
Boom for sailing yachts?2020-12-17T12:47:48+01:00
Yachting | 2021
If you look at the annual sales figures of yachts over 24 metres in length, you quickly understand what the market demands – the share of motor yachts is around 95 percent. Easy handling, a lot of volume and spontaneous use are attributes that convince many customers. But many experts agree that the increasing discussion about sustainability will drive up the number of orders for sailing yachts, at least in Europe. Michael Schmidt, founder of YYachts and one of the most experienced shipyard managers in the world, says for example: “Our sales figures indicate that many customers are concerned about the environment and sustainable luxury. We have even already converted three motor yacht owners to sailing.”
After the models Y7 and Y8 were well received in the market, YYachts is now launching the Y9. The 27.40-metre-long slup is made entirely of carbon by the Greifswald shipyard, so that it can set sails even in light winds. In terms of volume, the Y9 is comparable to a 100-foot-yacht – its owner resides on board in a flat including salon, dressing room and bedroom. The interior with its elegant Scandinavian look is designed by Norm Architects from Copenhagen.
BlackCat has been serving the steadily growing catamaran market for some time now. In response to numerous customer requests, the brand has now developed the 30.40-metre-long and 12.20-metre-wide (!) BlackCat 30. Its hulls can accommodate up to eight guests in four cabins, and there is plenty of entertainment space on the main deck. McConaghy Yachts from Australia will be responsible for the construction, the interior was designed by M2 from Milan. Wood, grey and white tones exude a homely and modern atmosphere. 196,000 euros.
This 38-metre-long and 8.55-metre-wide slup was devel-oped by Malcolm McKeon in collaboration with the brokerage house Ocean Independence. She offers comfortable sailing characteristics in a contemporary look and a layout with four guest cabins. This – rather unusual – capacity increases the yacht’s attractiveness on the charter market. On the outside the MM38 impresses with its large windscreen and the stylish hardtop above the cockpit.
Bill Dixon drew a futuristic design with this 70-metre-yacht, which will entertain its guests on board with a spa, a gym, an XXL pool in the stern and a cinema, among other things. A Falcon rig with a sail area of 860 square metres will provide propulsion, and in calm conditions the captain will use a hybrid engine configuration. Additional energy is provided by solar cells integrated into the windows of “New Dawn”. The layout is designed for eight guests and the owner couple.
The naval architect and designer Philippe Briand considers many large sailing yachts to be more like motor yachts with masts. With this project, which is almost 63-metres-long and 10.50-metres-wide, he is addressing owners who want to be driven primarily by the wind. Eye-catchers are of course the enormous deck area, the glass hardtop and the huge sail area of up to 3700 square metres. Underwater turbines generate energy for on-board operation; up to 14 guests can sail along.
Actually, the US-American designer Bill Tripp is more known for sailing yachts from 20 metres upwards in length. Now an owner has commissioned him with the design and naval architecture of an almost 14-metre-long cruiser, which will be made of wood composite. An elongated deckhouse characterises the exterior; numerous windows will illuminate the interior. The yacht will be built at Rockport Marine and will be delivered in summer 2021.
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