How The Super-Rich Design Their Super-Yachts

July 2018Words by Mr Alfred Tong

The Avanti, a new 66m yacht by Heesen Yachts, in collaboration with Winch Design, will have a 16ft infinity pool, Jacuzzi, sundeck and bar. Photograph courtesy of Heesen Yachts

Being fantastically wealthy means there are all manner of things you can have made bespoke just for you, from suits and shoes to houses and cars. But the ultimate in custom-designed extravagance for the billionaires of this world is the yacht.

The huge cost aside (generally between $1m and $1.5m per metre), buying one of these floating monuments to mega wealth can be a daunting prospect. Your average newly minted billionaire is unlikely to know their starboard side from their aft cabin, let alone the variety of technical, crew and design practicalities that will arise.

Mr Mark Cavendish, sales and marketing director of Dutch shipyard Heesen, and yacht designer Mr Andrew Winch of Winch Design have a combined 88 years of experience helping the extremely rich design and build their high-sea pleasure palaces. Here’s how they do it.