Design and Technology
State of Play
There’s always time for play time with these superyacht-worthy gear, gadgets and games.
From family games to solo diversions, make the most of every moment onboard your superyacht with this selection of Ocean Independence’s favourite superyacht-worthy beach gear, gadgets and games.
The fine art of marquetry is reimagined and reborn at Woodpop, where artist Emma Wood designs and hand-crafts bespoke luxury surfboards. While each board is high performance and entirely wave-ready, they are also exquisite works of art. Over the years, Woodpop has created unique surfboards for the likes of Linley and Rolls Royce, as well as commissions for celebrities including actress Kate Bosworth. Each hollow, skin and frame surfboard is crafted as eco-consciously as possible, using timber sourced from sustainably managed and certified forests and bio-resins. The delicate marquetry designs on each bespoke board can incorporate anything from American walnut, ripple sycamore, figured anigre and birch veneers, as well as even 24 carat gold leaf. From £18,000.
Modest Vintage Player
HERITAGE TIMBER FRESCOBOL SET
Inspired by South America’s favourite beach game ‘frescobol’, each paddle in this set from the Modest Vintage Player is individually handcrafted by the very finest wood workers from hand selected, sustainable teak and sono timber. The wood is beautifully lacquered to a matte finish for ultimate moisture protection – ideal for life at sea – and the handle is wrapped in supple cow leather for the perfect grip. From £113.
It would be difficult to find a bike more suited to superyachting than the Gocycle. Elegant, ergonomic, lightweight and fun, the Gocycle is the brainchild of a former designer for McLaren and incorporates automotive design in the world’s best folding e-bike. This is a stowable, stylish and environmentally sustainable bike with on-demand electric power. It packs away perfectly for transit or storage where space is tight, and its unique lack of cables, chains, gears, sprockets or oil means it is as streamlined as it gets. Ideal for shore excursions and exploring at any superyacht stop over. From £2,499.
OUTDOOR VOLLEY BALL SET
Transform even the most remote desert beach into your own, personal beach volleyball court with this volleyball set. Crafted by the world’s oldest game maker, Jacques London, which was established in 1795 and has been passed down from father to son for six generations, this volleyball set comes with everything you need for a game and is rust-resistant and built to survive the elements. From £79.99.
SAN MARCOS STAND UP PADDLE BOARD
Jarvis Boards are designed for those who live consciously and travel adventurously, combining the highest quality with beauty and durability. Their San Marcos board is a wooden SUP, handcrafted from cherry, maple and cedar woods to be the perfect board for most activities including fitness paddling, stand up surfing, yoga or just relaxed exploring on the water. Its carefully planing hull design means that it is equally at home on calm water as it is playing in the surf. Featuring an on-deck storage compartment for drinks, a spot to tie your cooler and a bamboo paddle, this is a board for those who want to get out and explore as soon as the yacht is at anchor. From $1850.
LEATHER BOULÉ SET
Handmade in England, Geoffrey Parker’s luxury boulé set takes design and craftsmanship to new heights. Their artisans are masters of bespoke and each set is completely made to order using the finest materials. The leather case can be crafted from everything from semi-perforated automotive hide, Dauphin Calf leather, exotic alligator and even watersnake, and you can incorporate initials, family crests or yacht logos. Their craftsmen have even been known to add diamonds and gems to items. From £1,900.