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Anti-drone technology for superyachts




There’s no real need to go into the numbers. We all know someone with a drone, there’s millions and millions of them worldwide and the numbers are only going to grow as well as their abilities. They are cheap, easy to buy and can fulfill some incredible tasks.

Drone technology also outpaces the laws governing their use and this creates an uncomfortable scenario. As we have seen in the past, great, useful technology can at some point also be used for harm and undesirable purposes and superyacht owners are fully aware of the growing threat that drones pose to privacy, safety & security on board their yachts.

When you have what is essentially an impressive display of wealth sitting alone in the water, and the mass availability and low barrier to entry for drones, the temptation for others to pry or breach security is a real threat. Paparazzi intrusion using drones approaching superyachts is already a recognised and growing problem.

As Droneworks Studios shows in the video below, anti-drone technology is already being used on superyachts, with Droneworks detailing their experience flying a drone near billionaire Roman Abramovich’s superyacht, Eclipse. Skip to the 3:50 mark to get to the main part.

So what has been developed to date as a counter measure against possible drone incursions and how do they work?

Firstly – Anti drone systems need to detect them
Secondly – Identify them
Thirdly – Track them (and record if possible for later prosecution of offenders)
Fourth – Disable/Disrupt the drone from operating in the undesired area.

So how are drones and UAV’s disabled and disrupted once detected?

Consumer drones are usually controlled through the public part of the radio spectrum (either 2.4 or 5.8 GHz). Firing radio waves at those specific frequencies—jamming them—makes a drone deaf to its controller, which would cause the drone to return home or settle to the ground. A similar outcome would occur if you jammed the GPS frequency or what’s called the low-frequency L-band.

If a drone approaches within a certain distance of a prohibited zone, most of the below systems would jam its WI-Fi and sever its connection to its controller over the 2.4 or 5.8 GHz range. If the drone keeps coming that would mean it had been programmed to attack or infiltrate, and at that point the system would jam its GPS frequencies.

So what are some of the currently available systems?

Martek Marine – M.A.D.S systems

Martek Anti-Drone have developed the M.A.D.S™ (marine anti drone system). M.A.D.S™ is a modular system which is capable of detecting all drones within a 5km range while providing you with accurate GPS positioning of both drone and pilot and the option to defeat a drone should it be deemed a threat. M.A.D.S is a flexible marinised system with great benefits for the maritime market and can be used for any application related to water; yachts, ships, ports, sea platforms, coastguard vessels, navy vessels and much more

The system comprises of two radomes, one to detect, and one to defeat drones. “In the defeat dome, there are a lot of modules with antennas, and in the detection dome, there are omni- and directional-sensing modules with antennas,” says Erik van Wilsum, Martek’s head of counter-­unmanned aircraft ­systems. “We’re aiming for the best base solution with a single type of sensor,” and customers can add other ­sensors. “We don’t interfere with the yacht’s other communications, We evoke the drone to go home by creating a busy network. … It’s legal and CE-approved.”

The system can also be complimented with a portable drone disruptor.

Martek marine anti drone system
The M.A.D.S system comprises of two radomes. Credit: Martek Marine
Martek marine anti drone system portables
A portable hand held drone disruptor is also available. Credit: Martek Marine

M.A.D.S Key Features:

  • 5 km drone detection range
  • 5 km drone identification range
  • 1 km drone disruption (defeat) range
  • 2 x 70cm diameter radomes
  • Specially marinised IP66 Ingress protection rated
  • 30 kg and 27 kg radome weights
  • Extra handheld disruptor also available


BlackSage UASX-L7 Automatic Drone Disruptor

Black Sage UASX L7 automatic drone detection and drone disruptor. Photo: Black Sage Tech

UASX-L7 Key Features:

  • 7 km drone detection range
  • 3 km automated drone identification range
  • 3 km drone disruption (defeat) range
  • Recording When a UAS operator is charged criminally, forensics data with instant replay showing flight paths, aircraft characteristics and timestamps will ensure successful prosecution.
  • Illuminators and lasers are also available to deny imagery capture of sensitive sites.

Black Sage TD1 Tactical Drone Disruptor.

The BlackSage TD1 handheld tactical disruptor is a lightweight, flexible and rapidly deployable platform for directional radio disruption. An AR15 training rifle base (non-ITAR) provides a familiar user interface requiring no learning curve to use. Pick up the rifle, select from multiple disruption frequencies and address the target with confidence. The TD1 can be deployed within seconds and requires minimal training. Compared to mounted and automated anti-drone systems the BS-500 is lightweight, compact, flexible and very affordable. 

black sage td1 tactical drone disruptor drone detection
Black Sage TD1 handheld tactical drone disruptor. Photo: Black Sage Tech

TD1 Key Features:

  • Portable
  • Lightweight
  • Multiple customizable disruption frequencies

ELTA Systems ELI-4030 Drone Guard

ELTA’s Drone Guard is an operationally proven multi-sensor multi-layer C-UAS solution developed for the military and homeland security market. Military grade and rugged for all types of environments, the Drone Guard is a modular turn-key solution that covers all aspects of counter threatening UAS. Portable, light weight and with low power consumption, the Drone Guard is user friendly and intuitive making it an ideal option for a wide range of users and agencies. The modules were developed by ELTA specifically for Drone Guard hence creating a compact solution solely focused on drone detection and protection.

IAI Eli 4030 drone guard
ELTA Eli 4030 drone guard. Photo: ELTA Systems

4030 Drone Guard Key Features:

  • 4.5 km drone detection range
  • 4.5 km Tracking range
  • 2.5 km automated drone identification range
  • 2 km drone disruption (defeat) range


Boeing HEL MD

Boeing thinks a great way to defeat a drone is not just to disrupt its motion, but hit it with a precision laser, burn a hole in it, and bring it down.

In August of 2015, Boeing showed off its Compact Laser Weapon System for media in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the demo, Boeing used the laser to burn holes in a stationary, composite UAV shell, to show how fast it can compromise an aircraft. Two seconds at full power and the target was on fire. The 2 kilowatt infrared laser has no visible beam and does not create a Hollywood style explosion. Instead the surface of the drone is super-heated by the invisable laser until it melts or catches fire.

Boeing HEL MD high energy laser mobile demonstrator
Boeing HEL MD (high energy laser mobile demonstrator). Photo: Jordan Golson/wired

Boeing hasn’t specified its range, but acording to Wired, Boeing company representatives suggested that if you can see a target, even with binoculars, you can destroy it.

Depending on the target’s speed and distance, Boeing’s weapon can fire its laser within an inch or two of what it wants to hit. Because the laser moves at the speed of light, it’s easier to be precise—there’s no need to lead the target. The speed of the gimbal is the primary limitation on the targeting front.

Although current HEL MD prototypes are meant to be used from static positions, the anti drone system could be used on a moving vehicle or ship with minimal upgrades. “This represents a low-cost way to deal with the threat,” said David DeYoung, director of Boeing Laser & Electro-Optical Systems. Boeing hasn’t revealed a total price of the system, but does say it’s a one off purchase. Once you’ve got the system, the only cost is providing the power.

HEL MD Key Features:

  • Unspecified detection range
  • Unspecified destroying range
  • 2 kw infrared laser
  • 1-2 inch accuracy


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2019 Monaco Yacht Show Recap




Monaco Yacht Show Aerial
Photos: monacoyachtshow_official (Instagram)

September 25th 2019 ushers in Day 1 of the 29th Monaco Yacht Show. On display is $4.29 billion dollars worth of ocean dwelling real estate in one of the most extravagant displays of superyachts ever assembled in one place. This year sees a new record as motor yacht TIS becomes the largest yacht to ever be displayed at the annual show.

Superyacht TIS by Lurssen Yachts
2019 MYS – Superyacht TIS by Lurssen Yachts is the Largest Yacht to be displayed in MYS history. Photo: Lurssen


Fincantieri Yachts unveils their latest project ‘VIS’. Fincantieri states VIS is “born from our long-standing heritage in designing technologically advanced navy vessels and from Paszkowski design’s experience in designing luxury leisure yachts.”

Fincantieri Yachts unveils VIS at the 2019 MYS
Fincantieri Yachts unveils VIS at the 2019 MYS. Photos: Fincantieri Yachts

Project Skyfall revealed
A 59m full aluminium, full custom yacht, set for delivery in 2023. Project Skyfall’s power will come in at 22,000 hp. This extraordinary power will feed four water jets that will driver her at 37 knots in light load conditions – an impressive feat, particularly when considering her significant 900GT volume. Project Skyfall is the most powerful project Heesen Yachts have created to date.

Project Skyfall by Heesen Yachts
Project Skyfall by Heesen Yachts. Credit: Heesen

Project Akira revealed
Project Akira was revealed as the first model of Heesen’s new 5700 Aluminium class. Project Akira is a 56.7 metre four deck yacht featuring exterior design by Frank Laupman’s Omega Architects and interior design by Harrison Eidsgaard.

Motor yacht Akira by Heesen Yachts
Akira by Heesen. Credit: Heesen

Perini Navi showcases its new 92m Falcon Rig Gallery and announces an LOI signed for one 92m already as well as a 74m motor yacht and a 47m sailing yacht. The yard has a total of 7 yachts under construction and an order book worth 160 million euro. The Falcon Rig range spans the following models 92m, 80m, 72m, 64 and 56m.

Perini Navi 92m Falcon Rig Gallery 2019 MYS Announcement
New Perini Navi 92m Falcon Rig Gallery showcased at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show. Photos: Instagram

Sunseeker anounced it had built 137 superyachts over 100ft

Sunseeker 2019 MYS conference
Sunseeker 2019 MYS conference. Photo: yachtphoto (Instagram)


M/Y EXCELLENCE built by Abeking & Rasmussen
Exterior & Interior Design: Winch Design

Motor yacht Excellence by Abeking Rasmussen
Motor yacht Excellence by Abeking Rasmussen. Credit: Abeking Rasmussen

M/Y EXCELLENCE built by Abeking & Rasmussen
Interior & Exterior Design: Winch Design

Motor yacht Excellence by Abeking Rasmussen aerial view
Motor yacht Excellence by Abeking Rasmussen aerial view. Credit: Abeking Rasmussen

M/Y TIS built by Lürssen Yachts
Interior & Exterior Design: Winch Design

111m superyacht TIS by Lurssen Yachts
111m superyacht TIS by Lürssen Yachts. Credit: Lürssen

M/Y ATTILA built by Sanlorenzo Yacht
Design: Paszkowski Design

Sanlorenzo Attila
Sanlorenzo Attila. Credit: Sanlorenzo Yachts


2019 Monaco Yacht Show Day 2

Day 1 started with a flurry of news, announcements and unveilings and after some late night partying, day 2 of the show has a more relaxed feel with a lot of brands using the day to take viewers on tour through some of the shows quality offerings.


Gulf Craft Chairman, Mohammed Alshaali, confirms the sale of the first Majesty 140′ and promises a Majesty 170′ will launch in 2020.

Gulf Craft News from 2019 MYS

Former Bugatti consultant, Etienne Salomé launches Salomé Yachts with Atlantic multihull performance tender, billing it the first ‘hyperboat’.

Salome Yachts tender concept
Salome Yachts design with strong automotive inspiration. Photo: thesuperyachtgroup (Instagram)


Fraser Yachts Charter Captain Of The Year Award went to Captain James Griffith & Captain Michael Droszcz from M/Y Here Comes The Sun.

Awarded to Captain Rob Shelnut and the crew of M/Y Lucky Lady.

Awarded to Captain Ian Hawkins and his crew from M/Y Quasar.

2019 MYS Fraser Yachts Captains Dinner
2019 MYS Fraser Yachts Captains Dinner. Photos: fraseryachts (Instagram)


2019 MYS Amels and Damen annual party
2019 MYS Amels and Damen annual party


Many superyacht brands take the time to record and upload their interiors from some of the Monaco Yacht Show’s $4.29 billion dollars worth of ocean dwelling real estate.


Andrew Winch on Motor Yacht Here Comes The Sun
Andrew Winch of Winch Design – Designer of M/Y Here Comes The Sun
Hidden Bar on Motor Yacht Here Comes The Sun
Opening the hidden bar on M/Y Here Comes The Sun


Columbus Yachts Motor Yacht Dragon Interior 2019 MYS
Columbus Yachts M/Y Dragon at the 2019 MYS


Feadship Motor Yacht Broadwate


Edmiston Yachts 2019 MYS Tour


YCO Yacht motor Yacht Laura Sessa Tour


2019 MYS Day 3

Visitors on day three of the Monaco were greeted with rolling grey clouds over the harbour, but it didn’t dampen the mood in the slightest.

Over at the Amels and Damen stand on T-Central (Appontement Jules Soccal), Managing Director Rose Damen and team hosted “Coffee with the Women In Yachting” providing an opportunity for plenty of lively discussion to be had and enjoyed alongside hot coffee and freshly baked Dutch stroopwafels

Amels Holland coffee with women in yachting event 2019 MYS


Bilgin Yachts debuted the second of their Bilgin 156 line, the M/Y Lilium. Exterior design was completed by Unique Yacht Design, while H2 Yacht Design and Bilgin Yachts Design Team were responsible for the interior. CEO of Bilgin Yachts, İsmail Sengün stated “The Bilgin 156-II is named after the beautiful white flower Lilium as a sign of our promise to the yacht owners: A sunny and happy day on a deck.”

Benetti announced the creation of their new line of compact expedition yachts. The first hybrid yacht will be the 37m “B.YOND”, built to travel the wold and designed with distinctive spaces to enjoy the day, night, leisure and service areas.
Benetti also presented M/Y Metis, their custom 63m steel hull/aluminum superstructure superyacht that was delivered to its German owner earlier this year. Exterior design was completed by Giorgio M. Cassetta and Benetti, with the interior being a collaboration between Bannenberg & Rowell and Birgit Otte Interior Atelier.

Feadship’s newly built 77.25m/253.44ft M/Y “Syzygy 818″made its grand debut at the Monaco Yacht Show. It’s numerals “818” represent “prosperous” in Chinese numerology and also match the August 18 birthday of the owner. Exterior design was completed by Nordic designer Jarkko Jämsén, with Sinot Yacht Design completing the interior design.

Syzygy 818 by Feadship Credit: Feadship

ISA Yachts announced a new collaboration with Enrico Gobbi Team for Design to produce a new line of yachts, known as the Continental range. The first two models to be produced will be an 80 metre and 65 metre yacht.

Earlier this year Luca Dini Design & Architecture announced their rebranding as they combined their superyacht studio with their architectural studio and it looks like they’ve been busy, announcing four projects at the Monaco Yacht Show.

  • Designing Columbus Yachts 43m, 50m and 67m 50 Sports Line series (50m project already underway with expected delivery 2020)
  • Designing Mondomarine’s 40m, 50m, 57m and 75m Discover Series
  • Designing Mondomarine’s 43m, 50m and 63m Classic Series
  • Designing Rossinavi’s 50m FR038 superyacht project (project underway with expected delivery 2020)

Sanlorenzo’s largest yacht to date, their Flagship 64Steel “M/Y Attila” made its debut at the Monaco Yacht Show and even had a visit from HSH Prince Albert on Monaco II who came aboard. Attila’s exterior was designed by Officina Italiana Design and the Sanlorenzo style division, while her interior design was completed by Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini.

Tankoa debuted their newest 50m hybrid superyacht, the S501 Hybrid “M/Y Bintador” and announced their new project the S702 NEXT 70, a 70 metre superyacht designed by Paszkowski Design.

Tankoa S501 Hybrid Credit: Tankoa

Ulysse Nardin unveiled their 2019 limited edition MARINE TORPILLEUR MONACO YACHT SHOW, celebrating the 11th year they have partnered with the Monaco Yacht Show. Only 100 pieces are available, priced at 9,500 swiss francs each.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Monaco Yacht Show 2019 Credit: Ulysse Nardin

Wally Yachts announced their new innovative concept, the 165 Wallypower which will be a 50 metre motor yacht designed in collaboration with founder Luca Bassini and superyacht designer Espen Øino and supported by the Ferretti Group.

165 Wallpower Credit: Wally Yachts

Wider Yachts revealed their new 55 meter Wider 180 supyeryacht, which features exterior design from Andrea Vallicelli & C Yacht Design. Work has already begun with a scheduled delivery date of 2022.

Wider 180 Superyacht Credit: Wider

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Evolution Yachts – Australia’s new group creating the 42m GCX40 Explorer superyacht



Australian yachting heavy weights join forces for a new explorer yacht building joint venture: Evolution Motor Yachts

Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht
Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht. Credit: MMYD

The demand for explorer yachts has certainly come of age and Australian based Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design are here for it with their 42 meter explorer superyacht design, the “GCX40 Explorer”. Inspired by ideals of diving, discovering warm waters and tropical reefs, it’s no wonder the GCX40 has already obtained many enquirers.

Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht
Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht. Credit: MMYD

Revealed earlier this year at the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, it was announced the GCX40 Explorer yacht will be produced under the brand “Evolution Motor Yachts” with a new joint venture between Australian leading industry figures, shipbuilders Evolution Motor Yachts, Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design (MMYD), Marine Engineering Consultants (MEC), Periscope Naval Architects (PNA) and the Gold Coast City Marina (GCCM).

Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht
Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht. Credit: MMYD

Overseeing project builds will be by Kevin Altera, founder of Evolution Yachts, an Australian yacht builder which has already launched multiple aluminium and FRP superyachts, including the Sam Sorgiovanni designed M/Y Benita Blue, and builder Murray Owen of Marine Engineering Consultants who have won multiple awards for excellence in aluminium yacht construction.

Evolution Yachts Joint Venture group photo
From left: Misha Merzliakov (MMYD), Trenton Gay (GCCM), Murray Owen (MEC), Kevin Altera (Evolution Yachts Founder) and Shaun Phelps (PNA)

In a recent statement, Kevin Altera stated, “The partners in this joint venture have been selected as they represent key and market-leading marine services.  It puts into motion the intent and capability to build world-class superyachts on the east coast of Australia”

Misha Merzliakov also explained “Gold Coast City Marina (GCCM) is the ideal shipyard with the Pacific Ocean cruising grounds on its door step. GCCM can offer the depth and breadth of quality Australian marine trades to work on the yacht’s construction. We can pull from 80 individual businesses and 700 individual tradespeople to deliver this project”.

Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyards
Part of the Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyards Facility.

As a concept design, the GCX40 Explorer Yacht has taken inspiration from the Australian and South Pacific coast line and has been designed with an avid explorer or diver in mind. It can accommodate up to 12 guests (plus a crew of 10) and be customized by individual owners to include a beach club or more room for tenders and toys if desired.

Base price for the GCX40 starts at €15.7 EUR million including design.

GCX40 Specifications

  • LOA …………………     42.0 m
  • Beam………………..     9.3 m
  • Draft ………………..     2.5 m
  • GRT …………………    <500 tonnes
  • Speed ………………     16 knots
  • Range ………………   5500 nm
  • Material ………….       Aluminum
  • Exterior Design …      Misha Merzliakov
  • Interior design …   Misha Merzliakov
  • Naval architect … Periscope Naval Architects
  • Builder ………….. Evolution Motor Yachts JV
Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht
Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht. Credit: MMYD

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Bringing the sky to SKYFALL: World record superyacht wrap



aerial view of Superyacht SKYFALL wrap complete

When one of the world’s most popular Charter Superyacht’s wanted to try out a new look for the season, starting with the Monaco Yacht Show, there were few, if any places in the world they could find to deliver a full colour change in under 7 days.

At $300,000 per week, each charter a superyacht loses through painting and polishing adds up to millions of dollars due to the extensive and extremely long process.

LuxWrap however, were able to complete the colour change on superyacht SKYFALL in an extraordinary 6.5 days by wrapping the yacht, meaning SKYFALL’s billionaire owner could capitalise on having her completed in just one week while it was charter free.

The sky blue colored wrap project was finished with an owner outlay of just 10% of the cost of a repainting project.

Superyacht SKYFALL wrap begining in water
The ability of LuxWrap to work off pontoons avoids expensive dry docking. Credit: LuxWrap
Using an elevated work platform to access Superyacht SKYFALL during wrap project
LuxWrap also use elevated work platforms for the higher areas. Credit: LuxWrap

The 58m superyacht was wrapped under the hands of just 5 team members, using 600 sq meters of wrap with a LuxWrap representative stating, “We had a 7 day hard-deadline. We had to arrive, start and finish and the boat took on guests on day 8. It was basically high pressure, we even had rain but made it happen with a couple of 14 hour days. High pressure but we delivered. I don’t believe any other company in the world is turning things around like we are, because nobody has the manpower or experience to manage the raft system and coordinate everything.”

LuxWrap working off pontoons to complete Superyacht SKYFALL wrap project
600sqm of wrap used to complete the 58m Superyacht SKYFALL. Credit: LuxWrap
LuxWrap Superyacht SKYFALL wrap project
The SKYFALL wrap equated to 10 percent of the cost of painting. Credit: LuxWrap
LuxWrap project Superyacht SKYFALL transom detail
Superyacht SKYFALL transom detail. Credit: LuxWrap
Details of LuxWrap Superyacht SKYFALL wrap project
Details of LuxWrap Superyacht SKYFALL wrap project. Credit: LuxWrap
LuxWrap team admire their completed wrap of Superyacht SKYFALL
The LuxWrap team admire their completed wrap of Superyacht SKYFALL. Credit: LuxWrap

World record

LuxWrap would now arguably be the world leaders in superyacht wraps as the SKYFALL completion comes off the back of their previous project, a chrome gold wrap on the $20 Millon superyacht Bellami.com (ex Kinta).

At the time, the Bellami.com gold wrap was the largest wrap job completed on water, however at 58m long, superyacht SKYFALL is now the record holder for the largest yacht wrap completed on water.

aerial view of Superyacht SKYFALL wrap complete
An aerial view of Superyacht SKYFALL’s sky blue wrap. Credit: LuxWrap


In an industry that demands not only competence, but excellence, accountability and the ability to mobilise quickly and often work to extremely tight deadlines, LuxWrap is delivering its service in a way not seen before, and it isn’t going un-noticed.

“We all know that painting Superyachts is expensive and time consuming and must be done at least every 10 years.” Said LuxWrap’s Founder, “It is our opinion that wrapping should not be considered as an alternative to paint, but rather as a compliment. Wrapping lasts several years and has an incredible range of colours/finishes unavailable in paint. It also protects paint from the elements and UV. When we combine this with our unique ‘in the water’ installation process, the cost can be as low as 1/10th the cost of paint at 50m, and even lower in percentage terms as the yacht size increases, both because we work quickly and efficiently, and also because we completely eliminate the need to slip/drydock.”

Superyacht SKYFALL wrap completed in water

By choosing LuxWrap, yacht owners are making a calculated value based decision to protect their paint, which is a capital asset, with their style, which is whatever look is desired that season.

The potential of wrapping has also already been shown to serve different purposes:

  • Try out a new colour before committing to an expensive paint job you may regret.
  • Wrap to protect your paint, in any colour or any finish, keeping your paint new.
  • As a medium term solution to postpone an expensive paint job for a few years.
  • Change colour each season, generating media buzz with each colour/style change.
  • Brand for a bold advertising campaign.

LuxWrap can be contacted here.

aerial view of Superyacht SKYFALL wrap complete
Superyacht SKYFALL at port. Credit: LuxWrap
aerial view of Superyacht SKYFALL wrap complete
Superyacht SKYFALL after the sky blue wrap was completed. Credit: LuxWrap

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