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Future Yacht Technology Highlights

The yachting industry has seen some success during this Covid era. In 2021 so far, several iconic brands reported increased sales and used that spotlight to highlight the new technologies that are helping to drive their brands and the industry into the future. As we get closer to entering the year’s final quarter, we are reflecting on some of the most notable updates so far and the futuristic possibilities on the horizon.

We begin with a few impressive yachts delivered this year as featured in superyachttimes. 

AB 142/189 Yacht

The AB 142/189 by Italian AB Yachts is a 42.2m sport boat yacht. With a volume of 180 GT, AB 142/189 is 3rd largest yacht built by the company. It features a grp hull and grp superstructure. This vessel ranks 1714th in the rankings of the largest yachts in the world.

Nord Yacht

Built by German brand Lurseen, Nord is a 142m yacht featuring a 21.0m beam, a draft of 5.15m, and a volume of 10,154 GT. The vessel is Lurseen’s 6th largest yacht, and it ranks 12th on the list of the world’s largest yachts. Nord has extensive reviews, and she has been photographed more than 100 times.

Solaris Yacht

Another German builder, Lloyd Werft, delivered Solaris this year. Solaris is a 139.7m explorer yacht that can accommodate 36 guests and 60 crew, including the captain. Solaris has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. She is the largest yacht Lloyd Werft has ever built, and she is ranked 16th largest yacht in the world.

The platform Prestige has pointed out additional yachts that were delivered this year or are currently under construction. While these yachts might not be the biggest, they make for it with meticulous design.

Project Cosmos

Heesen Yachts’ Project Cosmos is one such project that is under construction and with an April 2022 delivery date. The 80m vessel will have a top speed of 30 knots. Some of the highlights include a “270-square-meter sun deck (a completely flushed foredeck that doubles as a helicopter landing area and a chic outdoor cinema), a seven-meter pool with a glass bottom and waterfall that plunges from the deck above, and a spectacular beach club with a sunken walk-around bar.”

Sanlorenzo SX112

The new SX112 is the flagship of Sanlorenzo’s innovative SX crossover line. According to the, she is “one of the first large yachts – in the 100-130 foot range – to be powered by Volvo Penta’s Inboard Performance System (IPS).” The yacht's emphasis on sustainability can’t be understated. 


The future

The list of yachts delivered in 2021 is long, and the technologies they feature are even longer. The future of yachting is bright, especially as an increasing number of builders focus on sustainability and revolutionizing the onboard experience. Here are a few things we can look forward to.

Boat International has an article titled 3D printed yachts will become a reality. In the article, Canadian yacht designer Gregory C Marshall explains that 3D additive printing can disrupt every aspect of the yachting industry. 

Harnessing the sun’s power will continue to open more doors to what’s possible in yacht building. Take, for example, the 525-Foot Superyacht Concept Florida. According to autorevolution, “it comes in with an insanely massive 160 meters (525 feet) of length from bow to aft. To get a clear idea of what it is you’re looking at, know that this behemoth is meant to reduce fuel consumption by up to 90%, and, under ideal conditions, the Florida can produce more energy than it consumes.”

More sophisticated yacht security measures are also in the future. As per Superyacht News, cyber insurance is resource yacht owners, especially superyacht owners, might not want to be without. The industry already offers various solutions, and we predict these offers will become more robust as technology advances get exploited by bad actors. In the article, we learn that Beazly, a specialist insurer, has launched “affirmative cyber insurance for luxury yachts that protects against physical damage, loss of access, as well as threatened and actual ransom of the vessel. The Cyber Defence for Superyachts also provides in-built risk prevention and immediate response services if there is a cyber breach.”

We will revisit this article at the end of the year and continue to note future yacht technology trends we see on the horizon and impressive new yachts.