There’s no need for the owner or guests to ditch their training regime whilst on board. Josh Richardson looks at bespoke gyms, fitness equipment and outdoor games decks
Games decks and sports courts are the latest must have on yachts, often utilising heli decks when they are not in use. Notable examples include the Feadship’s MY JOY and MY Anna which Superyacht Tenders and Toys (SYTT) have been involved in, amongst a handful of others. Large foredecks or helidecks can create vast spaces for exercising and this utilises these areas that are often left unused for the majority of the time. Exercising outside is often seen as a much more enjoyable and dynamic experience than the traditional indoor gym, also allowing space for team sports. Many yachts comment on these outdoor areas as being a real benefit to crew welfare and team morale.
SYTT recently commissioned and managed the build and delivery of a custom carbon games deck for MY ANNA, currently the largest yacht built in the Netherlands. The focus here was to create a large space on the bow of the yacht which could have 5-a-side football, basketball and any other sports. Removable adjustable telescopic poles with a net going up to 3m high keeps all balls on deck. Critical aspects were to create something which was easy to handle, stow and of course was safe and fun to use.