I was struck yesterday by one of my followers writing me that one boat he saw in one of my stories is very similar to another already built and there fore ugly. I don’t agree. Under 24-meter boats are mainly divided into categories. Until 2000, power boats in the 15-24 meter range were mainly divided between Fisherman and Flybridge. Around the year 2000, the industry started to see the arrival of lobster boats, which were already existing in the states and primarily produced by one brand (Hinkley). Many brands started to build Lobster Boats, including Grand Banks in the Far East. Lobster boats tend to have more space in the aft and a slightly smaller sunbathing area in the bow. The rising cost of fuel was one of the main justifications for developing boats that would consume less compared to the classic open and flybridge designs. This was the guiding factor for decreasing the speed of the boat, going from 30 knots cruising to 23 knots cruising. At the same time, there was a revolution in the open boat sector. Many open boat producers introduced the Hard Top, which provided much more comfort to the guests. Around the mid to late 2000s, it was the time of the crossover. If I’m not wrong, the first one to introduce it was Blue Game. The boats of that time are completely different from the ones of today, but were quite innovative for their time. Around 2000, the first day cruisers started to enter the market. Wally was a pioneer. Since then, there has been a real revolution in this sector, which is still very popular today. If you look carefully, although they seem to be similar, they differ a lot in terms of layout, style, and technical aspects. Fjord, Solaris, Pardo, and many others have their own day cruisers. In the 2020s, open boats have changed a lot, becoming very fast, and rarely they still have a soft top. They are all provided with a hard top. In recent years, yards have been building a new kind of boat that they mainly call GT Gran Turismo. Usually, they have two versions, one with only an enclosed cockpit and dinette, and one that has a flybridge on top as well. But the real revolution in all these kinds of boats has been on the technical side. First of all, the electronics: the days of the compass are long gone, now chart GPS and Radars are on any boat. Engines have become more efficient and compact, allowing more space for the guests. We have started to see balconies on the water and swimming platforms able to go up and down according to the owner’s wish. Personally, I feel that there are pioneers and followers, but if you are a follower and develop a yacht that shares only the concept of the pioneers, there is nothing wrong. Last but not least, to me, the new pioneer of the 15-25m range is BLUE GAME with the BGM75, a real rule breaker: this 22m Catamaran has a width of only 8m which expands to 12 when you open the terraces on the sea.
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