Standout Superyacht Helicopter Decks

Whether you're looking to explore uncharted islands or welcome guests in style, a superyacht helipad is a premium feature. Whisking guests from ship to shore in next to no time, we take a closer look at some of the best on the water...

Ragnar

Image courtesy of Tom van Oossanen

Ragnar is one of the coolest conversion projects to splash in recent years. Having started life as an icebreaking tug, even the harshest environments are a walk in the park for this Viking-inspired explorer. Unsurprisingly, Ragnar is jam-packed with some serious tools for exploring ashore, including an Airbus EC145 which sits atop a certified helideck, perfect for whisking thrill-seeking guests off for an afternoon of heli-skiing.

Hodor

Image courtesy of Clint Jenkins

Hodor's 220m2 is fully certified and CAP 437 compliant helipad and sits aft of the 66-metre catamaran's upper deck. The Incat Crowther shadow cat features an Airbus H145 helicopter in matching stealth-grey among its plethora of superyacht toys.

Dream

Image courtesy of Frederic Ducout

The helideck on board the 106.5-metre Dream is located on the navigation deck alongside a bar overlooking the huge pool. Equipped for adventure, the helideck can take loads of up to 4.4 tonnes and doubles as a basketball court.

Kaos

Image courtesy of Rupert Pearce

A flush foredeck on board the mighty 110 metre Kaos (previously Jubilee) is home to a commercially certified helipad so guests can come and go as they please. The owner wanted more than touch-and-go operations, so the space was constructed to stow an Agusta 109S GrandNew, with a fixed-foam firefighting system and separate deck drainage in case of fuel spillage. When not in use, the landing pad becomes the ultimate sunbathing spot.

Octopus

Octopus is perhaps one of the best known explorers on the water. The 126 metre Lürssen hit the water in 2003, commissioned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and was designed for far-flung global adventures. She has two helipads on board, one fore and one aft, with a hangar that can store two aircraft. Since her delivery, Octopus has explored the coast of Antarctica, traversed the Northwest Passage and discovered the wrecks of long-lost WW2 battleships off the Philippines.

Kismet

Image by Guillaume Plisson

The foredeck on the 95.2 metre Lürssen superyacht Kismet is marked for half-court basketball, but it can also double up as a touch-and-go helipad. Her sport-loving owner Shahid Kahn has sports interests on both sides of the Atlantic, owning both the Jacksonville Jaguars basketball team and Fulham FC.

Lady Moura

Image courtesy of Camper & Nicholsons

When Lady Moura hit the water in 1990 she was the most expensive yacht in the world. Unsurprisingly for a yacht of her size - a not-so-modest 105 metres - she's helicopter capable with a helipad aft of the mast. What was once a hard-to-miss bright blue landing pad made of concrete is now a modern rubber helideck servicing a Sikorsky S76B as she begins her search for a new owner. 

Planet Nine

Photography by Thierry Ameller

To prepare her for adventures in the Antarctic, Planet Nine's helipad was designed with a lifting platform that allows the aircraft to be stowed in the hangar beneath when not in use. This also enables the 73 metre explorer yacht to carry two helicopters at once, allowing guests to arrive on board by chopper while the owner's own helicopter is stowed safely away.

Cloudbreak

Image courtesy of Christopher Scholey

Espen Øino designed the 72.25 metre Abeking & Rasmussen explorer yacht Cloudbreak with a cinema lounge right next to the helipad, so returning heli-skiers could step straight inside from the Bell 429 Global Ranger and watch GoPro footage of their day’s performance on the slopes.

Madsummer

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The fully certified helideck on board Madsummer is located at the bow and capable of supporting an EC135 helicopter, which weighs around three tonnes.  Elsewhere on the 95-metre Lürssen, is a seaplane berth on the sundeck. The superstructure had to be strengthened to support the 590kg weight of the Husky A-1C 200 seaplane.

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