Having said that, the most popular product of 2013 was a fairly straightforward piece of kit. The Blob is an inflatable tube that can be made to any size and, when filled with air, becomes a giant target from which guests can launch themselves over 10m in the air. As this video shows, it was the superyacht toy of the year.
It was business as usual in the highly competitive world of Sat Comms. Cobham, Imtech, NSSL Global and OmniAccess all announced developments and enhancements that ensure almost total global coverage, with almost no stone unturned in order to avoid bandwidth dropouts. On board connectivity has become one of the industry’s most pertinent topics and the provision of unrivalled coverage remains a fierce battleground.
There was also competition in the area of yacht monitoring and interactive infotainment software, with Oculus Technologies and Team Italia announcing revisions and improvements to their respective YachtEye and iChart products.
And to close on a light-hearted note, Superyacht Tenders and Toys’ inflatable island became a minor SuperyachtNews.com sensation in April. The floating island includes two ice chests, underwater lighting and a ‘sea pool’.