If you take a look at some of the classic superyachts from the 60s and 70s, you’ll notice one thing in particular, their lack of glazing. Natural light was definitely not a buzzword back then, with even the largest of private yachts having the smallest of windows – tiny square panes that let in a sunbeam, or two.
Go back before the 60’s and the hull and superstructure of your 60-metre yacht would be crisscrossed with tiny portholes.
Thankfully, glass technology is now at a stage where floor-to-ceiling glazing is possible and shipyards are using it to create true panoramic views. Here’s three modern yachts that take a different view on the panoramic theme.
It may seem obvious, but the secret to having a good panoramic view is not to have anything in the. We’ve seen yachts with grand panoramic windows at the bow that look out at stairs and some nice white bulwarks. This is not the case on CRN’s Cloud 9, as exterior designers Zuccon International Project have not only sunken the foredeck lounge and done away with bulwarks, but also made sure the bow slopes down at the bow.
Catamaran builders have an enviable beam to play with. Also, due to their angular styling, huge windows can be added around the entire superstructure. Sunreef’s Supreme 68 goes one better has the glazing surrounding the main salon entrance can be folded away creating a fully open panoramic view. The sea can be enjoyed equally from the main salon sofas, or standing at the cockpit railings.
It was Gulf Craft’s chairman Mohammed Alshaali who had the vision to move the Owner’s stateroom to forward of the main deck, creating one of the new Nomad’s signature innovations. What really sets the mini explorer apart here is that courtesy of its smaller beam (5.55 metres on the 65 SUV) and cabin length, the Owner gets to sit much closer to the panoramic windows. The view from the bed is also greatly enhanced. Sometimes smaller is better.