Landing on a superyacht in the Bahamas. The crew have to, by law, have a rescue tender in the water for all helicopter operations in case something gets pear shaped. It actually take 5 people to land the chopper, two on deck with fire fighting gear, two in the rescue tender and one directing the pilot from the flight deck. Obviously there is a difference between theory and reality.
At the time of this landing Ilona was equipped with an helipad located aft on the main deck. owever the owner wanted a major re-design to accommodate some new ideas into his much-loved yacht. Primarily he wanted to have a large swimming pool and a helipad large enough to take his Agusta 109 Grand New helicopter. With the decision to create a new helipad on the sundeck, and locate the swimming pool on main deck aft, the challenge was to make these technical changes without affecting the flowing aesthetic lines of ILONA. Adding the additional superstructure for the helipad could have made the yacht look top heavy, so we extended the owner’s deck and the bridge deck by 3 metres in order to bring the aesthetic appearance back into balance. We also used metallic grey paint to reduce the visual impact of the helideck, and the result is that ILONA looks every bit as streamlined and well-proportioned as before.
I have been sailing all my life, from dinghy racing to Trimaran Orma 60 and currently I am racing on the J 145 Double Take in the Pacific Northwest. As a Business and Marketing student I am working for a Yacht brokerage in Seattle: Swiftsure Yachts. As a sailor I believe that the journey matter even more than the destination. “A ship is safe in a harbour, but that’s not what a ship are made for.”