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How flybridge motor yacht design is evolving
How flybridge motor yacht design is evolving

How flybridge motor yacht design is evolving

12 April 2022

The design of mid-size flybridge motor yachts – probably the most popular type of yacht available for charter – has evolved significantly over the years, driven by technological advances, changing client preferences and expectations, and environmental considerations. 

Today’s flybridge motor yachts feature sleek lines and contemporary styling, with an emphasis on open spaces and natural light.

They are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including advanced propulsion systems, entertainment systems, stabilisers, and environmental controls.

Let’s compare the design of flybridge motor yacht between two popular models.

Picture: Azimut 100 Jumbo

Flybridge motor yacht: playing the game of the 7 differences...

As the name suggests, the difference game is a game where you compare two images side by side.

We compared the exterior features of two popular mid-range motor yachts:

  • Falcon 105 motor yacht built in the 2000s
  • The latest Azimut 32m

New Azimut Vs classic Falcon yacht

  1. Not only the wide bow gives more space on the deck, but it also increases the volume inside the yacht: check out the Azimut’s outside lounge compared to the Falcon’s double bed arrangement.
  2. Bulbous bow: a bulbous bow is a protruding bulb at the bow (or front) of a ship just below the waterline. The bulb modifies the way the water flows around the hull, reducing drag and thus increasing speed, range, fuel efficiency.
  3. Sea-view staterooms, bathed in natural light, with massive panoramic windows on the Azimut Vs Falcon’s tiny portholes.
  4. Gyro-stabiliser or Zero-Speed stabiliser underway and at anchor on the Azimut Vs classic underway only Vosper stabilisers or no stabiliser*.
  5. Panoramic windows in salon on the Azimut Vs Falcon’s windows.
  6. Flybridge general arrangement with massive crane and tender stowage (ie less space available) on the Falcon Vs uncluterred deck space.
  7. Beach club with hi-lo swim platform on the Azimut Vs small fix swim platform on the Falcon 90.

*: Some classic flybridge yachts have been retrofitted with active stabilisers.

But make no mistake, with no less than 5 cabins for 10 guests (Falcon 105) and often a competitive charter rate coupled with proven reliability, classic flybridge motor yachts (Azimut Jumbo, Falcon 102, Sunseeker Yacht, Princess…) are still fabulous motor yachts to charter.

Latest trend: the veranda deck

New design in 2024: the veranda deck

The Veranda Deck is a novel design concept set to debut on the Benetti Motopanfilo 45M, according to a report by Boat International on April 4, 2024*.

This innovative feature reflects the growing preference for a more casual onboard lifestyle. By dissolving the traditional barrier between interior and exterior spaces, the Veranda Deck completely reimagines the main saloon, fostering a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor living areas.

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About the author:
Remi van der Deure – French Riviera Charter broker.


I am the senior Yacht Charter Broker at Charterminute, a well-known yacht charter boutique in Antibes.

I have served in the yacht charter industry for over 15 years and have gained a strong reputation among my clients, as evidenced by consistent 5-star ratings on Google Reviews and TripAdvisor.

My specialty is organizing corporate yacht charters for startups and large companies during popular events like the Cannes Lions Festival, MIPIM, TFWA, and MIPCOM.

I am also proud to be a member of esteemed yacht broker associations, e-MYBA and ECPY, demonstrating my unwavering commitment to providing exceptional yacht charter services and memorable experiences in the French Riviera.

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