A superyacht’s ideal design, layout and feature list will vary depend on who you ask, whether they’re a family member, the yard’s engineers, her prospective crew, or her one-day master.
Out of that group, it’s often the captains who can advise on what are the must-have features in a yacht, and how it can be organised to be as efficient as possible.
So questioned six experience captains on their views on the space planning and features that add up to a well-functioning yacht.
Captain Greg Butler-Davis: 56m Perini Navi S/Y Panthalassa
Captain Kaj Christensen: formerly of 42m Cantieri Navali Nicolini M/Y CD TWO
Captain Robert Bleecke: 36.6m Benetti M/Y _Sea Blue’Z
Captain Anders Lauridsen: 41.8m W.A. Souther & Son M/Y _D’Angleterre II_
Captain Mark Coxon: 50m Benetti M/Y QM of London
Captain Eddy West: 82m Devonport M/Y Sarafsa
To these captains, the perfect yacht would range between 130 feet and 215 feet, allowing for berthing in the popular ports clients like to visit. ‘We are 49.9m,’ says Captain Coxon, ‘which is pretty perfect because regulation-wise we can squeeze into ports such as St. Tropez.’
Captains Bleecke and Christensen both agree they would choose semi-explorers – with a large, seaworthy bow for Christensen (but not too commercial looking) and a helideck and hangar for Bleecke, plus enough fuel, refrigeration, freezers and safety features to make it self-sustainable for up to three months