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

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

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Fully integrate the on-board tech

Today’s high-tech party yacht might have a DJ booth hidden behind panels, a video wall that slides up from a sunpad, an LED-sensitive dance floor that reveals itself after dark, and speakers, lights and lasers built into the radar arch. Integrations such as these make the transition from day to night a breeze.

Flexibility is the key word, says Dirk de Jong, Oceanco’s director of design and innovation. “Given the limited space on a yacht, multipurpose areas are always popular. The entertainment system in such an area is usually designed to be unobtrusive during ‘regular’ use, but can then be easily augmented with extra speakers and lights, a DJ booth or a cinema set-up if that’s what the owner wants.”

A good design and A/V specialist will try to make sure that not too much crew involvement is required to put the yacht into party mode. Most party-integrated yachts can transform within an hour, with the biggest chunk of that time going to moving furniture rather than bringing the A/V online.

Automation is important to lessen the demands on the crew. “A yacht is not a club — there isn’t dedicated staff to operate the sound and lighting systems — so smart software solutions and automation should be at the centre,” says Goran Antonijevic, sales manager at A/V specialist VBH.

Photo: Feadship

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