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Party by design: Top tips for creating the ultimate party yacht

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Plan ahead

It’s not all about A-list guests and vintage Champagne. You need to think about technology if you want to host the ultimate superyacht party, writes Risa Merl...

Yacht parties are a study in organised chaos. While they might be all about letting your hair down, creating a memorably wild time on board is made possible only by careful planning. The perfect party yacht is fuelled by technology, whether it’s spectacular flashing lasers or discreet custom speakers making sure the entertainment is up to the minute.

Owners and charter guests expect the latest of everything. Boat International columnist Eddie Jordan certainly had entertaining in mind when designing his yacht, 47 metre Sunseeker Blush (pictured). “A bar on each deck, the right lighting and customised sound are important, as is the positioning of the speakers,” he says, touching on just a few of the items on the long checklist of party yacht accoutrements.

Planning for parties needs to begin as early as the GA stage so the owner can offer the very best entertaining experience. Winch Design incorporates the A/V room into the layout when developing the GA so it doesn’t have to go back and ask the owner for more space later.

“A/V is a moving target,” says Patrick Moussa, operations director of yacht management company Master Yachts. “We bring the experts in early. The hardest things to retrofit are additional wires, while a speaker or TV is easily replaced. The experts will know what’s coming five years from now, and may even know how it will be wired up.”

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