Out of the shadows

Following the recent successful delivery of the 68-metre Wayfinder, Incat Crowther and YCTS Ltd have unveiled a new 48-metre, sub-500 GT catamaran shadow yacht concept named ToyBox.

02 June 2021


A first of its kind, this innovative shadow yacht can be built at Armon Shipyards in Spain in just 18 months, and within an attractive price range.

The new concept was designed by Incat Crowther and YCTS Ltd to incorporate many of the award-winning features of the larger ShadowCat designs, just on a smaller hull platform, to suit the needs of owners who require support for 50 to 70-metre superyachts.

ToyBox has a 12-metre beam and a draft of 2.15 metres, which permits close coastline navigation.

Though all features can be customised to an owner’s taste, the concept includes a helipad, accommodation for 14+ crew and storage over three decks. The 13-metre helipad is fully certified and CAP437 compliant for helicopters, including the Airbus ACH145, AW119 and Bell 429.

The large aft main deck allows for three tenders up to 10 metres in length in the base configuration. The launch and recovery system consists of overhead beam cranes. Forward of this, the main deck cabin houses facilities such as deck store, galley, mess and accommodation.


“This latest ShadowCat concept offers a tremendous amount of customisation and meets the needs of buyers who require a moderately sized shadow yacht to support their existing superyachts without sacrificing quality or performance,” said Robert Smith, director of YCTS Ltd.

“As well as being more cost-efficient to construct, sub-500 GT vessels are also more economical to crew and operate.

“This innovative new concept delivers the total package – bespoke design, tangible efficiencies and an expeditious construction schedule – to meet the needs of any superyacht owner without compromise,” said Dan Mace, Technical Manager, Incat Crowther.

“We’ve found this platform to be the key for every yacht owner to transport everything they need less than a mile away from their main yacht, no matter when or where, through a compact and cost-effective solution,” said Ricardo García, commercial director, Armon Shipyards Spain.

García continued, “This concept will revolutionise the megayacht industry.”

The innovative catamaran hull form offers 40 percent more volume and 60 percent more deck space, allowing for crew accommodations and greater amounts of payload, such as helicopters, tenders, jetskis, submarines, to be stored.

Additionally, the catamaran hull design is proven to be more efficient, delivering less fuel burn and higher speeds, with a 70-percent increase in stability during offloading/loading operations.


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