Flybridge yachts are categorized as motor yachts with two decks that combine high speeds with large onboard spaces. The key feature of a flybridge yacht is an extra wheel station on the fly deck. Owners typically choose to buy flybridge yachts for the comfortable living spaces they provide, with high speeds and a decent cruising range capacity.
Often designed with a sporty look and aggressive lines, flybridge motor yachts are sized between 24m and 45m. A large number of shipyards, mainly located in Europe, build flybridge yachts, most commonly using GRP (composite material) or aluminum to guarantee a lightweight construction. The hull configurations are planing or semi-displacement to ensure high speeds and a shallow draft. To further ensure fast speeds, three propulsion systems can be installed: fixed pitch propellers, waterjets or pods.
The Italian yacht builders entrust the construction of flybridge motor yachts to shipyard brands, such as Azimut, Ferretti, Custom Line, Riva, Amer, Maiora and Sanlorenzo. For more exclusive, customizable and full-aluminum flybridge motor yachts, the superyacht builders Admiral, Baglietto and Mangusta are an option.
The Netherlands is known for high quality yacht building, which makes Mulder Shipyard and Van der Valk appealing builders of luxury flybridge yachts. In the United Kingdom, Sunseeker, Princess Yachts and Pearl Yachts are direct competitors. Sirena Yachts from Turkey also build flybridge motor yachts, while in the US, the main builder is Westport Yachts. There are also a large number of sport fishing motor yacht builders in the US that include a flybridge, such as Viking Yachts and Hatteras. In Asia, the three main builders in this category are Horizon Yachts, Ocean Alexander and Heysea.