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Innovative New Yachting Technology

Being in the yachting business, we are always very excited to see the latest trends and technology emerging in the yachting world today. The industry has come a long way from the transportation ships of yesterday to the sleek luxury liners of today. The yachting industry is embracing new technology like never before. The result—innovations in manufacturing and design, and luxury the likes of which we haven’t seen before.

At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we’ve gathered what we think are some of the most interesting and promising innovations happening in our industry right now. The ideas of today are turning into the trends of the future, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

3-D Printing

3-D printing is offering new and interesting ways to create things. While we love the fact that 3-D printing is being utilized for everything from toys to medical devices, we have to admit, we are a little shocked to hear that a Canadian yacht designer thinks that 3-D printing is the future of yachting technology.

Gregory Marshall thinks that it could be possible to print an entire yacht using the technology. While an entire luxury yacht being printed may be hard to swallow, Marshall thinks it’ll only be a matter of time. He sees the first step as printing large component parts with a 3-D printer and, from there, he believes the jump to a full-sized vessel is only a few more years away.


Today, Wi-Fi is just another piece of technology we’ve come to take advantage of. We rely on it every single day and yet rarely think of what our lives would be like if it were suddenly unavailable. When it comes to taking advantage of Wi-Fi at sea, those in the know understand that coverage on the sea is spotty at best, and extremely expensive at worst.

Imagine being able to sail the ocean and have access to live entertainment, sporting events, and other streaming services. That’s what the incredible minds at Google are working on right now. Project Loon by Google is an enterprise that seeks to deliver Internet access to even the most remote locations. Balloons could give you access to the world, no matter where in the world you’re located.

4K Ultra HD video

The 2019 Monaco Yacht Show gave us a glimpse into the future, and that future is 4k. Today, 4k video resolution is a must in today’s luxury yachts. 1080p is so last year. The most decked-out, private yachts are upgrading their entertainment centers with the latest in 4k technology, offering more vibrant colors, deeper blacks, and a picture so sharp, it could slice through butter.


The demographics of yachting is beginning to change. We are seeing younger generations become interested in yachts. These younger people have new ideas and different priorities when it comes to vessels, and that is helping to change the industry. One of those changes may be that multihulls could become the new normal. Multihulls are more efficient and that is important to a growing section of the yachting community. There is more talk about hybrid propulsion, eco-friendly boats, and more interest in lessening environmental impact.

Green Technology

Along those same lines, we are also seeing technology being used to create more eco-friendly yachts. The Black Pearl is considered one of the largest sailing yachts in the world, but it is also one of the greenest, as well. It uses a hybrid propulsion system and also utilizes solar power. It even includes a waste-heat recovery system. All of this technology combined may make it one of the most environmentally friendly ships on the seas, but utilizing any one of these green technologies in more yachts is a move in the right direction.

World Explorers

It isn’t enough anymore to just get away. More and more owners are pushing the boundaries of exploration and their yacht is the perfect means. Yacht owner Neville Crichton sees the future of yachting as one where owners seek out new and exciting, even more remote destinations. It feeds the thrill of adventure while letting people explore the world away from the hustle and bustle of others. It offers more privacy and more opportunity for seeing the world in ways no one else can, plus with the advances in technology and the ability for yachts to carry more toys, no matter how far you roam, you’re never without comforts or entertainment.

Just as our world continues to evolve and transform, so too does the yachting industry. No one is content to sail against the winds of innovation. The industry is expanding and finding new ways to use technology for the betterment of owners and the environment. This glimpse into the latest technology making its way into yachting is an exciting picture of the future of the industry and sailing in general. Innovators are always pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we love looking ahead to what is possible and what our future could hold. Incorporating these types of technological advancements may start at the top, but we look forward to being able to utilize technology in new ways in our own fleet. Our goal is to always be on the lookout for the newest and most innovative ways to keep our guests in the lap of luxury.

Whether you’ve been out on a yacht before and loved every minute of it or are new to the experience, Anita Dee Yacht Charters is Chicago’s premier private yacht charter service. We pride ourselves on offering you a VIP experience you and your guests will never forget. Weddings, social events, corporate events, we can handle it all with elegance and luxury. Take in Chicago as you’ve never seen it before with a yacht charter from Anita Dee Yacht Charters. Give us a call for more information on how to book your next event. We are passionate about helping you make memories that will last a lifetime.

Hosting a Corporate Event on a Yacht? Read Our Catering Tips Here

Thinking about hosting your company event on a yacht?

Anita Dee Yacht Charters‘s yachts are versatile enough to comfortably host a range of guests, from about 50 to up to 400 people. From a product launch to an employee or client appreciation luncheon, a yacht is an ideal venue for your next corporate party or event. Plus, the yacht charter service will provide you with a team of hospitality specialists who have years of experience providing their guests with top-notch attention to detail.

One of the most, if not the most, important aspects of a corporate event is the food you’ll be serving your employees, clients, or guests. An event cannot be successful if the food isn’t up to par. Many yacht charters have hand-selected catering companies that they use for each event. These catering companies are chosen for their customer service, presentation, efficiency, variety, and quality of food, so any charter-approved catering company should be excellent. Whether you are looking to serve a grazing or stationary crowd, a catering company can create a specialty menu just for your guests.

Your Choice of Hors d’Oeuvres

A staple at any corporate event is tasty hors d’oeuvres. As with every other course of the meal, there should be enough options for the vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free guests. Also, it might be difficult, but try to take a survey of your guests’ allergies and special requests.

Hors d’oeuvres can be served either hot or cold. They should be bite-sized, easy to eat, aesthetically pleasing, and above all, delicious. Caterers and yacht charters understand that at corporate events, the guests are trying to stay professional-looking and polite, so the food shouldn’t pose any threat to a white blouse or ball gown. Some of the best cold hors d’oeuvres to serve are shrimp skewers, avocado deviled eggs, cucumber summer rolls, and stuffed baby bell peppers. If you’d like to mix in a few hot options, chicken or beef skewers, tiny tinga tacos, mini meatballs, and cauliflower flatbreads are good picks.

Choosing the Main Dishes

When it comes to the main dish, there are a number of avenues you could take. It depends on the nature of your event, how formal it is, what time constrictions might exist, how many guests are present, and what time of day the event is taking place.

If you are hosting a breakfast or brunch, you would probably forgo hors d’oeuvres in favor of coffee, orange juice, and pastries as a starter while people mingle. Some caterers, such as Chicago’s Beyond Catering, offer various breakfast buffet options to fit any budget and serve any number of guests. A traditional breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs, bacon, and breakfast potatoes suits the lower end of a budget and still leaves guests full and satisfied.

If you have a bigger budget, you could spring for a French toast bar or a breakfast taco-building bar, which are a few dollars per guest more expensive. As always, be sure to have options for even the pickiest eaters. This could be an array of fresh fruits, steel-cut oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, or an assortment of fresh-baked muffins.

Dinner is a bit more complicated because there are so many options. Do you want a themed meal? A buffet? A sit-down dinner served by waiters? A set menu? Different food stations? If your event is leaning toward the formal end of the spectrum, you might want to opt for the sit-down dinner with a set menu.

But if you are hosting a friendly staff appreciation meal or team retreat, a buffet or food stations might work better because people can mingle, chat, and move around more. Chicken piccata or pecan-crusted whitefish are good options for either buffets or a sit-down dinner. Quinoa stuffed portobellos or vegetable pasta are good options for vegan and vegetarian guests. The sides can be just about anything, like roasted vegetables and rice pilaf.

A Range of Beverages

And what would a special event be without drinks? A general rule of thumb is to have a basic selection of white and red wines and beer on hand. A cabernet sauvignon, merlot, or pinot noir will likely have broad appeal to red wine drinkers, while a sauvignon blanc or chardonnay should appeal to those who prefer white wine. Beer drinkers will appreciate the choice between domestic, premium, and craft beers. Your caterer will probably let you choose one of each tier. For domestic, choose between Coors Light, Miller Light, or Bud Light. For premium, Goose Island or Stella Artois. And for craft, either Blue Moon or Lagunitas would be appropriate choices.

A formal event might call for a full bar, which would offer liquor, mixers, wine, and beer. This is a premium option because the drinks will need to be made and served by a bartender.

Don’t Forget Dessert

Last but not least, you should treat every guest to an indulgent dessert before they leave. Each catering company offers a variety of their own special treats, so be sure to take their dessert menu into consideration when choosing which company you want to hire.

Fresh-baked cookies are always a crowd-pleaser, but if you are hosting a formal event, you might want something a couple of notches better. For the classier crowd, consider banana bread tiramisu, warm mini churros, or homemade cream puffs. The cherry on top of any dessert is an espresso or hot chocolate station where guests can customize their own desserts.

Consider a Chicago Yacht Charter for Your Next Corporate Event

Let us help you plan your next big company event on a yacht in Chicago. With the help of our artisan catering companies, state-of-the-art sound system, and our team of dedicated staff members, your event will be sure to impress. Call (312) 379-3191 to start planning your next great event.

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