New Zealand’s Arista Marine has unveiled plans for a stylish new superyacht support ship dubbed the Phantom. The 79-t. vessel is designed in the form of a catamaran giving it the carrying capacity of a much larger mono-hull vessel, Superyacht Times reports. The catamaran layout not only provides extra stability but also lends itself well for use as a mobile beach club with a large open deck close to the water, accessible via swim stairs. This not only frees up valuable space on the mother ship but expands the owner’s entertaining options.
There is also a small swimming pool on the foredeck of the Phantom as well as a bar and galley for food and beverage preparation. The deck has plenty of shade, and below decks there is an air-conditioned lounge when guests require a respite from the sun. Staff for the mother ship such as beauticians, valets and security can be accommodated on the supporting vessel, allowing the owner to devote even more space on the main craft to his needs.
Finally, the Phantom can be built to operate as an occasional helicopter landing pad, perfect for owners who do not want to devote deck space on the mother ship for a helipad.