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Jonathan Beckett: Burgess CEO predicts the future of yachting

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Twin-engine propulsion will remain the norm

With some of the finest designers in the world working on superyacht projects, there is certainly no shortage of ideas, but clients can be understandably cautious, Beckett explains. “It’s quite a lot of money that you’re investing. We’ve built a few diesel-electric yachts, but when you look at some of the smaller diesel-electric boats that have been built, they cost about 10% more to build and they cost about 10% more to sell at the same price as a conventional propulsion system.

“There are people who are straying off the proven track, with things like single engine propulsion systems. Is that going to become the norm in the future? I really don’t think it is. It’s very commendable, but there aren’t people queuing up to do another one."

However, not all clients are the same, as Beckett reveals: “I did have a client who was a keen scuba diver and he said that when the sea gets rough, the best place to be is under the water, as it’s only choppy on the surface. He asked if someone could design a yacht that could turn into a submarine and go under the water when the seas are rough and I don’t think he was joking! I don’t know how you’d do that, but people certainly are thinking out of the box.”

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