Super Yacht Festival 2020: How Will Experiences Influence Younger Owners?


A panel of industry figures at Super Yacht Festival 2020 has said the growing explorer yacht market has been revved by the experience-hungry younger generations who are shrugging off materialism in favor of adventure, reports Boat International.

Speaking at the BOAT International Superyacht Design FestivalEYOS Expeditions founder Rob McCallum argued that the explorer market increase is largely due to “younger clients pushing out into the more remote parts of the world.”

“We’re seeing people who typically have made their money at a younger age…

…so they are less inclined to be materialistic with their wealth,” he said.

“They’re more into experiences –

…they realize that one thing money really can’t buy is time,” he added.

Anil Thadani, the owner of superyacht Latitude, agreed: “I think the increase will continue because I can’t see the rationale of spending that kind of money on these boats and then cruising from Monte Carlo and St Tropez and back.

“But if you can create experiences for your children doing the kind of things you can do with these boats then you can justify the expense a little bit more.”

Despite the increase of more durable, polar compliant explorer yachts into the new-build market, McCallum argued that the “explorer yacht” label is “partially a philosophy”.

“We’ve done around 1200 expeditions now and most of those are not classified as explorer yachts – it’s really the philosophy of the owner and the courage of the captain to seek advice on how to get to these remote places.”

Thadani used himself as a key example.

Thadani has explored the Arctic and Antarctic using Latitude, which is not a polar compliant explorer yacht.

However, he also realizes that traveling on an officially classified yacht would allow more opportunity and reduce risk.

Referencing his journey through the icy Bellot Strait onboard Latitude, Thadani revealed: “It took 28 hours to do 22 miles. If you had boat that was properly equipped for that you would go through that in two hours – that’s the difference.”

McCallum agreed.

“The more capable the vessel, the more time you get and the longer the season. The more capability increases, the more risk declines.”

McCallum predicted the IMO’s Polar Code is set to impact the private superyacht fleet

“Eventually it is going to settle and make life more challenging for vessels that don’t meet the polar code to go beyond 60 degrees latitude,” he said.

If you are interested in hearing more about Explorer Yachts, visits Boats International Explorer Yachts Summit at the Yacht Club de Monaco on 27th May 2020. Tickets are available through Boats International to purchase here.