A first of its kind, this innovative shadow yacht can be built at ARMON Shipyards, in Spain, in only 18 months within a very attractive price range.
The new concept was designed by Incat Crowther and YCTS, Ltd. to incorporate many of the award-winning features of the larger ShadowCat designs, but on a smaller hull platform to suit the needs of owners who require support for 50-to-70m superyachts.
The 48m ToyBox has a 12-metre beam, and a draft of 2.15 meters which permits close coastline navigation. Though all features can be customized to an owner’s taste, the concept includes a helipad, 14+ crew accommodation and storage over three decks. The 13m helipad is fully-certified and CAP437 compliant for helicopters including the Airbus ACH145, AW119 and Bell 429.
The large aft main deck allows for three tenders up to 10 metres in length in the base configuration. The launch and recovery system consists of overhead beam cranes. Forward of this, the main deck cabin houses facilities such as deck store, galley, mess and accommodation.
“This latest ShadowCat concept offers a tremendous amount of customization and meets the needs of buyers who require a moderately sized shadow yacht to support their existing superyachts, without sacrificing quality or performance,” said Robert Smith, director of YCTS, Ltd.
“As well as being more cost-efficient to construct, sub-500GT vessels are also more economical to crew and operate. This innovative new concept delivers the total package – bespoke design, tangible efficiencies and an expeditious construction schedule – that will meet the needs of any superyacht owner without compromise.” said Dan Mace, technical manager of Incat Crowther.
“We have found this platform to be the key for every yacht owner to transport everything they need less than a mile away from their main yacht, no matter when or where, through a compact and cost-effective solution,” said Ricardo García, commercial director, Armon Shipyards Spain.“We think this concept will revolutionize the mega yacht industry.”
The innovative catamaran hull form offers 40 percent more volume and 60 percent more deck space, allowing for crew accommodations and greater amounts of payload – such as helicopters, tenders, jet skis, submarines and the like – to be stored. Additionally, the catamaran hull design is proven to be more efficient, delivering less fuel burn and higher speeds, with a 70-percent increase in stability during offloading/loading operations.
In late 2020, BOAT International Magazine honoured ShadowCat with its World Superyacht Award, in the support vessel category, for the 66m Hodor concept and design. Baird Maritime similarly honoured Hodor with the 2019 Best Super Yacht Support Vessel Award.
The ShadowCat line of bespoke support yachts was designed by catamaran design expert Incat Crowther, of Sydney, Australia and yacht industry authority YCTS, Ltd. Established in 2018, the working partnership has successfully completed two bespoke ShadowCat vessels, the award-winning 66m Hodor and 68m Wayfinder. Both vessels are products of respected Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armón. More information about ShadowCat can be found at theshadowcat.com.
About Incat Crowther
Incat Crowther is a diversified marine design business with offices in Sydney, Australia, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA and Romsey, United Kingdom. The company has a 40-year history with over 600 vessels in service to its designs. The company has a diverse product portfolio, including monohull, catamaran and trimaran hullforms with composite, aluminium and steel construction for a range of sectors, including commercial, recreational, military and passenger. For more information contact email@example.com.
About YCTS, Ltd.
Developed in 2009 by a group of individuals with extensive yacht and commercial vessel experience, YCTS Ltd. is today a leading authority for professional technical consultation in the yacht industry. Led by Class I Chief and Surveyor Robert Smith, YCTS has been a vital resource for build development, construction and project management, and yacht technical support and management for prestigious vessels and fleets worldwide.