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Super Heroes: The Future of Yacht Design

Imagine the year is 2025. Three leading design studios flash forward to the future and make their predictions for timely trends and exciting innovations, for both new builds and next-gen clients.

Imagine the year is 2025. Three leading design studios flash forward to the future and make their predictions for timely trends and exciting innovations, for both new builds and next-gen clients.

Jarko Jämsén, Aivan Yachts

"Science is my greatest source of inspiration, and I am heavily interested in new technology and pushing the boundaries of where materials can go. My ultimate design fantasy would be a submarine with trochoidal propulsion. There is a real argument for making boats greener in the future: might somebody open the door to a new power source? I’m looking at fission and fusion – I think they might hold the key to building a fully green vessel. It’s hard to predict the future because all of my customers are so unique. That said, if somebody orders a second yacht, I can see how they have evolved personally. Full-custom superyachts are the biggest avatars you can have, after all, so they should tell a story about yourself."

James Russell

James Russell, Winch Design

"The next generation of clients is tending to be more eco-conscious and this has begun to play an important role in our projects, such as where the wood veneer is sourced or if the carpets are sustainable. More ecological innovations are being incorporated too, from developments in hybrid hydrogen propulsion thanks to these new, environmentally aware clients. People are also recognising the importance of relaxation. The onboard spa can incorporate everything from a sauna, steam room and hammam to massage rooms, experience showers and plunge pools. Entertaining is key, and winter gardens are now a must-have on board."

Tim Heywood

Tim Heywood, Tim Heywood Designs

"In recent years I have seen more requests for health equipment and spa facilities on yachts. We are also installing more facilities for children with fun-themed play rooms, children’s pools and safe deck spaces. Underwater viewing areas are now very prevalent too, and they are easier to install due to the advancement in glass technology. As clients' experiences grow and their desires for even more unusual facilities develop, we will see ever more features added to their yachts, the unusual will become the norm! The growing importance of ‘green’ yachting will continue to add very welcome technical advances to the equipment required on board."

The full edition of PURSUIT – FUTURE OPTIMISTS can be found as a digital flipbook here.

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