Standout Superyacht Helicopter Decks

Whether you're looking to explore uncharted islands or welcome guests in style, a superyacht helipad is a premium feature. Take a closer look at some of the best...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Madsummer

Image courtesy of Jeff Brown/Breed Media

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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O'Ptasia

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The striking touch-and-go helipad on board the 85-metre O'Ptasia is found at the bow of the bridge deck, which also features a waterfall pool and gym aft.

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Vanish

Image courtesy of Feadship

The 66 metre Feadship Vanish is actually equipped with two helipads; a foredeck landing area and a second aft of the sundeck's dining area. The fore pad is generally used for daily operations while the helicopter is moved onto the aft area to be secured for longer passages.

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New Secret

Photography by Jeff Brown/Breed Media

The owners of the second 74 metre Amels LE 242 superyacht New Secret stipulated that a cabin should be included on the bridge deck to provide easy access accommodation for the helicopter pilot. The construction process also saw a piece of the aft sundeck sacrificed to make the helipad's landing area larger.

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Alfa Nero

The bottom of the pool on the legendary 81.27 metre Oceanco superyacht Alfa Nero rises up to deck level to become a helideck. It’s a clever use of space and the teak “H” design looks smart whether up or down.

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