First of all, could you talk us through your range of toys?
Our range of toys? The whole boat is a toy! Where do we draw the line of where the yacht finishes and the toy begins?
We have an A109 helicopter, one 10.5-metre centre console Rupert rib-style tender, one 10.5-metre custom Rupert-style tender (both 440hp), one 6-metre rib sports tender, (220hp), three 300hp SeaDoos, two laser sailing dinghies, two transparent kayaks, four mountain bikes, four stand-up paddleboards, six surfboards, two electric jet foils, kite surfboards and kit, wakeboards, water skis and mono skis, two wing foil boards and a selection of wings, a kite foil board, a circus tent to cover the aft deck, which is raised by our 13-metre crane, an underwater drone, normal drones and six full sets of scuba equipment.
Did the owner have any particular requests or requirements for the toys on board?
Yes, he was very hands-on. All the toys listed above were sourced at his request and under his guidance.
Which toys do you find to be particularly popular with your charter guests?
The electric foil boards. These are super-fast to learn. With an hour or so of practice, most people will already be whizzing around up on the foil, and it’s such a rush to ‘fly’ a foil for the first time. Guests really catch the bug when they do it, so we call it the ‘magic carpet ride’.
What are some of the most memorable experiences/trips guests have had with the toys?
We were shooting a movie for our own enjoyment in The Bahamas and one of the guests thought it would be cool to jump out of the helicopter into the water next to the yacht while filming with the drone. All the other guests also thought that this sounded like fun and wanted in. It was such a logistical hurdle to work out how to do this without hurting anyone and without the drone and helicopter colliding!
How do you ensure that guests have the best possible experience with the toys you have?
All of our deck crew are hired because they are already competent watermen and women. They are divers, sailors or surfers and they can be newbies to yachting but not to the ocean. Also, when they are on board, crew can use all of the toys in their lunch breaks or downtime. This means that our crew really know how to use the equipment, can teach it to guests and are genuinely excited about the water sports. We also have a good mix of genders on the deck team: female charter guests or children can be more comfortable with a female crew member in certain situations.
From your experience as a captain, have you noticed any changes in what guests are looking for in their toys?
There is a foil and electric revolution. If the watercraft isn’t foiling or electric, it’s old school. Whether it’s surfboards, kiteboards, SUPS or sailing dinghies… it’s all about foil now!
Where have been some of your favourite places you’ve been to on board Bold and why?
We really enjoyed the Exumas because of the incredible colour of the water and the beaches, and Sardinia because of the consistent wind for kiting and foiling.
What do you expect to see in terms of trends for the toys of the future?
Everything will be electric. Petrol outboards and Jet Skis are on death row. As mentioned above, I would also bet that most of the toys and tenders of the future will be foiling if the design easily allows. It’s all about foil, foil, foil!
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