It has been a number of years since Larry Ellisson refitted Enigma in 1999 with a basketball court and sports courts then became one of the superyacht ‘must-haves’. Whilst many yachts have not got space some notable large newbuilds have built this into the design from the outset, utilising available space on deck to cater for sports lovers.
Notable examples include the Feadships MY JOY and MY Anna which Superyacht Tenders and Toys (SYTT) have been involved in, amongst a handful of others.
Some owners have taken their love of sports to a new extreme such as Joe Lewis’ MY Aviva with a full-size indoor Padel tennis court in the hull.
With yachts being such an expensive asset per square metre it is no surprise that owners want to maximise the space onboard, making many areas multipurpose, catering for all guest’s desires. Large foredecks or helidecks can create vast spaces for exercising and this utilises these areas that are often unused for the majority of the time.
Exercising outside is often seen as a much more enjoyable and dynamic experience than the traditional indoor gym, also allowing space for team sports. Many yachts comment on these outdoor areas as being a real benefit to crew welfare and team morale.
SYTT recently commissioned and managed the build and delivery of a custom carbon games deck for MY ANNA, currently the largest yacht built in the Netherlands. The focus here was to create a large space on the bow of the yacht which could have 5-a-side football, basketball and any other sports. Removable adjustable telescopic poles going up to 3m high keep all balls on deck.
MY AVIVA, basketball court on the deck of MY JOY, custom carbon games deck on MY Anna:
Critical aspects were to create something which was easy to handle, stow and of course was safe and fun to use. Not easy when considering the size of this! Features such as LED solar powered floodlights and removable interlinking astro turf were also provided. All the poles and dyneema netting are rated to an equivalent impact of 3 adults hitting it in a tackle situation and it being strong enough to support their weight. All poles were made to go into removable deck sockets normally used by the railings around the bow.
Fitness and Wellbeing Multi-Activity Spaces
In the hotel and the gym market there is a change from traditional indoor personal training sessions using fixed gear and cardio towards more dynamic multi-activity fitness and wellbeing solutions. Yachts often break boundaries in terms of luxury and design, but often fall short in fitness and guests onboard are offered quite a stale fitness environment due to many new build supply companies not specialising and having knowledge in this area. Many superyacht gyms are beautiful, and are designed by the yachts designer but the equipment used is often quite dated in its concept.
SYTT believe it is time to break away from stand-alone equipment and introduce owners and guests to entertaining, effective and multi-sensory fitness. Welcome to the age of innovation and motivational experiences!
The use of folding training walls, specialist flooring, interactive floors and walls, and the use of music to link to fitness and workouts really helps to improve and motivate the experience for clients. Let’s face it, we all require more motivation at times!
Bringing into online racing and training against other competitors onboard, with real time data such as power output, heart rate and speed can be really motivational and fun. This also enables clients to review their performance and upload it to their own personal training programs such as Strava, Training Peaks etc. This is possible over a wide range of sports such as cycling, rowing, running, circuits and more.
Virtual or live instructor options can be provided here and there is not always a need to have a personal trainer onboard. A lot of online training programs can bring in some very high-end professional tuition and training goals to help tailor programs to individuals needs.
Creating indoor spaces which can convert to open spaces are important too, with equipment stowing away neatly and leaving spaces for activities like yoga, suspension training, circuits, boxing and cross training. Training walls, offering a huge amount of different exercises are the new must have equipment on yachts.
Superyacht Tenders and Toys are creating some amazing gyms on board yachts as well as outdoor games decks, watch this space! Notable gyms provided recently to the magnificent MY Ulysses, MY Elandess and MY GO to name but a few.
*This article is published courtesy of The Islander magazine. All images courtesy of Superyacht Tenders & Toys.