Once the luxury of a select few, the not-so-humble helipad is having a bit of a moment. With the explosion of interest in the explorer yacht market, a touch-and-go landing pad is becoming more of a necessity than the extravagance it once was. Sure, a tender will get you from shore to superyacht in good time, but there's nothing that quite compares to touching-down on the bow. For those who like to make a grand entrance, we pick out six yachts in our virtual marina with helicopter landing capability...
Asking: €169,000,000 with Moran Yacht & Ship
Why settle for just the one helipad when there’s room for two? That was certainly the case with Lürssen’s award-winning Kismet. The first can be found on the bow with direct access to the owner's living quarters, while the second sits on the aft bridge deck and transforms into a sun lounge by day and a dancefloor by night.
Codecasa’s latest speculative build is a 57.8 metre steel-hulled fast displacement superyacht, set to be one of the quickest in its class when it hits the water in 2023. With a range of 6,000 nautical miles, the C127 will be able to tackle long passages with ease and is fitted with a helipad on the bow - perfect for adventure-seekers.
Builder: Blohm + Voss
Asking: POA with Camper & Nicholsons
Lady Moura is a homebody at heart - surprising for a yacht with an 8,000 nautical mile range. In fact, the farthest she ever ventured from her base in the Med was to the Caribbean in 1993. Few superyachts that spend the majority of their time ambling up and down the Cote d'Azur carry a permanent helicopter, but then again, at 105 metres Lady Moura is anything but conventional. Her aft helideck services a Sikorsky S76B for ferrying guests from ship to shore in style.
Asking: €22,750,000 with Camper & Nicholsons
Sea Huntress was built for an experienced owner looking to travel the world. For a yacht of just 55 metres, she’s packed with amenities you’d find on a much larger offering including accommodation for 14 guests, a nine-metre and six-metre tender and a touch-and-go helipad on the aft portion of the sundeck.
Burger 214 Tri-Deck
This tri-deck concept is a vision of the future for pedigree American shipbuilder Burger. Not only would it be the first Burger-built superyacht over 500GT but also the first designed with helicopter capability. Other highlights include an large sun lounge at the bow and an aft deck swimming pool.
Turquoise's Project Nautilus was presented at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat show in 2019 as a true go-anywhere explorer. Its foredeck is loaded with toys and tenders, launched and recovered via cranes concealed in the superstructure, with a landing pad at the bow granted by the project’s forecastle deck.
Project Ceres is one of the latest designs from Dutch shipyard Heesen. Both elegant and voluminous in equal measures, Ceres offers a wealth of space for guests to kick back and relax with al fresco lounging options on every level. For prospective owners, the yacht can be tailored to suit with a number of deck configurations available, including a bridge deck master suite or a helipad on the bow. With a steel hull and 4,500 nautical-mile range, she would suit an adventurous owner looking to cross oceans.