There’s been plenty of rumour and conjecture circulating in recent weeks about some seriously big projects edging closer to reality. Not least the speculative announcement that a US broker could be close to facilitating the construction of the world’s largest ever superyacht; if this project does come to fruition it will signal the industry’s move past the mythical 200m milestone, a landmark that has divided opinion as to its necessity and likelihood.
Naturally, both industry professional and layman alike speculate over how big superyachts can go before the very concept of yachting reaches its logical conclusion. This week saw London’s River Thames receive its largest ever vessel – the 397m Edith Maersk – capable of carrying 15,500 containers. If and when Project Triple Deuce is launched, she will measure 222m and will be able to carry 36 guests. There is no doubt a 200m+ superyacht will be an incredible spectacle, not only for the industry, but also for the wider global public. However, it does beg the question, ‘how big can we go before we lose sight of what we’re supposed to be producing?’