Those who are lucky enough to own a superyacht, the escape to to open waters and a luxurious lifestyle is still the case throughout a pandemic.
Many superyachts have been spotted sailing the seas throughout 2020, with mogul David Geffen sharing on social media that he was self-isolating in the Grenadines on board his luxury yacht “Rising Sun” last March and Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s megayacht Eclipse was reportedly spotted in the Caribbean around the same time.
But it’s not all fun and games for those setting off on an extended trip on their multi-million dollar vessels throughout a pandemic.
Once you overcome the issues of travel restrictions and border closures, you also need to make sure your yacht stays Covid-19 free, especially when picking up new staff or guests, because we know how quickly Covid can spread, especially on an isolated boat!
However, there is now a way around this issue, thanks to Australian marine design company Incat Crowther and catamaran yacht support vessel designers ShadowCAT.
The team have come up with a concept that is “a buffer between the main yacht and outside world.”
The yacht concept, ShadowCAT Haven acts as a protective layer, with a floating Covid-19 testing unit and quarantine area, allowing owners, or charterers in some cases, “to maintain Covid-secure social bubbles on board.”
At a size of 224-foot, this yacht concept can hold 52 people and is equipped with a hospital and a laboratory, as well as thermal cameras designed to pinpoint any signs of infection, what more do you need?!
Bacteria and viruses will be destroyed on this vessel due to air conditioning and circlutation configurations merged with “nanotechnological surfaces”.
As guests or staff arrive, they are lead to the ‘shore zone’ where they are tested for Coronavirus. Those with a negative result are free to continue with their trip, and those testing positive will have to stay in quarantine.
Passengers with the all-clear are then lead to the ‘yacht side’ of the concept, here they can have a play with jet skis, a submarine and a diving centre, whilst waiting to board the ‘mothership’.
The ‘mothership’ will have no direct contact with the shore, all new crew and passengers must go through Haven before boarding.
This modern yacht concept comes at a time of increasing demand for big yachts. Will the ShadowCAT Haven be our new normal?
Despite the global pandemic, a whopping 341 superyachts were sold in 2020 according to superyacht market intelligence source BOAT Pro. However, this is a slight decline compared to the 404 sold in 2019.
CCO of Heesen, Mark Cavendish, explains that they sold five yachts in the last quarter of 2020 following a very quiet few months.
He told the UK’s Daily Telegraph;
“I think what happened was the world got fed up with being locked down and told they couldn’t go anywhere. So I suppose people who’ve got the money thought ‘now is as good a time as any to buy a boat because it’s my own controlled safe environment.’ You go from your house to your private jet to your boat — the perfect Covid arrangement.”
For those who opt for a Haven, there will be one more middle step, but this makes for a very safe arrangement.
For more superyacht information, get in touch today.