New superyacht design could result in years of repairs, maintenance

A superyacht’s open vision may lead to years of maintenance and repairs, said Dan Vermut, the chairman of the committee for an independent report on superyachts. That’s the conclusion Vermut and his colleagues reached…

New superyacht design could result in years of repairs, maintenance

A superyacht’s open vision may lead to years of maintenance and repairs, said Dan Vermut, the chairman of the committee for an independent report on superyachts.

That’s the conclusion Vermut and his colleagues reached after reviewing the open concept version of DNV GL’s new Global Home, which was presented for the first time to the media in Venice, Italy, Thursday.

“For all superyachts, maintenance costs are escalating,” Vermut said at a maritime conference. “Especially small boats are affected.”

The Global Home concept offers owners the option of letting the yacht design take full control of operating it. Owners, in their fleet, can control power, locks, infra-red transponders, links, radios, lights, entertainment equipment and so on.

Environmental concerns

The point is to better manage the vessel’s environmental impact so the owners can be more satisfied, said Michael Masluk, the president of DNV GL. The home also helps reduce downtime for the whole fleet, he said.

In turn, owners will care about the environmental impact of their vessel, resulting in better design. The Global Home as an example will likely eliminate ships that are 30% to 50% heavier than necessary, he said.

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