There’s something incredibly reassuring about the fact that we live in a time when flying yachts are real as opposed mere notions of futuristic fancy. We can head out into the world and triumphantly say, ‘Yes! We shall buy a yacht... but tell me this, just how far off the water can I get in it?”
The good news? Those with the bank balance to match their ambition can even pick one up this month at the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS).
For the rest of us mere mortals, the advice is clear: Head to the UAE capital, embed yourself amongst the luxury yachts, houseboats, catamarans, fishing equipment and the latest sea toys and quietly fuel your fandom for the marine tech that wouldn’t look out of place in a Bond villain’s mountain lair.
Here’s the scoop: at ADIBS this year you can expect in excess of 25,000 people, four days of the latest ocean-going trends and a grade of tech that could make you consider leaving dry land for good. Not only will it take your watersports appreciation to the next level, but it’ll also give you a newfound respect for the aquatic excellence of Abu Dhabi.
Looking to channel your inner ‘Flying Man’? Check out the electric hydrofoil surfboard by Chinese exhibitor EFoilFly. Prefer to spend your days on a luxury yacht (more power to you), then Dubai-based Ocean 360 are the exclusive dealer for the iconic luxury Italian Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Riva and an Authorised Custom Line Dealer. Also a supporting partner of the 2019 edition, go see them to not only buy one, but also customise a yacht from the storied Ferretti Group.
Now, there’s a chance that you’ve already heard about the UAE based manufacturer ENATA. They make a ‘flying’ yacht, after all; it’s tough keeping that one secret. OK, full disclosure: the yacht doesn’t ‘actually’ fly – retractable hydrofoils skim the water – but the craft has been upgraded to the max. With a new forward cockpit and revolutionary joystick, the Flying Foiler Yacht has an intuitive driving style that results in the ultimate experience of flying above water.
The upgrade extends to the power, too. With a top speed of 40 knots, the hybrid propulsion has been replaced with something more efficient and reliable, while two V8 marine diesel engines bring a total of 740 horse power to the party. But despite the extra oomph, the new propulsion system is surprisingly quiet – offering what’s set to be the signature whisper of all flying yachts. If all that’s not enough, then this baby is also fully customisable – because if you’re buying a flying yacht, you want to put your stamp on things, right?