2014 was a great year for boating enthusiasts, with all the novelties in the gadget and luxury markets. And since updates in the marine industry are significantly rarer and more drawn out than in the automotive industry, everything that was brand new in 2014 will continue to top the market in 2015.
The Monaco Yacht Show showcased some interesting concepts, and as one of the largest boat shows in the world, they easily displayed various models of yachts, regular and electric boats, speedboats, submarines and gadgets aplenty.
It is hard to single out the one boat we liked the most, because they all had their own merits, but for the sake of this article, we had to choose a couple. Hats down to all the shipwrights showcasing, you really had a busy, busy year.
The first among equals is comes from the Studio Zuccon: CRN mega yachts’ J’ade, a 60m long vessel, and one of ShowBoat Design Award 2015 finalists for the interior design award category. The hydraulic flood bay can dry out in only three minutes and the best part is that it can be transformed into an ocean pool that is easily accessed via the beach club terrace. J’ade is the summer child bon-vivant among boats.
Germany’s 10m Bavaria incorporates the cruising line’s sleek new style. Though it is not the largest of yachts, it offers a great amount of space below the deck. The hydrodynamic Farr design hull promises an outstanding drive performance. Germany is known for its no nonsense approach to design, and the Bavaria is a serious boat for serious people.
- Sun Odyssey 349
Another cruiser with a lot of space below the deck is the Sun Odyssey 349. Designer Marc Lombard kept the Sun Odyssey’s good looks and sleek figure, but focused on the twin rudders to ensure a strong performance even under heavy winds.
It does not all revolve around super yachts, however.
- Surfers will have the opportunity to try out the new ‘Radinn’ electric wakeboard, which lets riders slide across the water, using a wireless handheld controller. The controller has an easy to read display that keeps track of the speed. The whole set is compact and portable, small enough to be carried in a car trunk, or on a boat of any size. Plus, it is compatible with standard wakeboard bindings.
- The more exotic members of the boating community, submarine fans, were also in for a treat at the September 2014 Monaco Yacht Show. The acclaimed company U-boat Worx’ C– explorer 3 has been around for a while, but it is still as good as new. It provides a pilot and two passengers with the opportunity to research, explore and enjoy underwater marine life, and to record scenes of their fancy with an integrated HD camera. The layout of the submarine is comfortable, with upright seats in the cabin, temperature and humidity management. The C-explorer 3 is meant to be kept on a yacht.
- And just in case you thought you couldn’t ride a bike on water, think again. The Schiller Sport Inc X1 water bike created a game changer in the cycling world by attaching a bicycle frame onto an inflated base – sort of. The bicycle is constructed from anodized aluminum and stainless steel, providing maximum safety. This product is eco-friendly, fits in a car trunk, and can be assembled and installed in under ten minutes.