Commanding the ‘Home’ hybrid superyacht is a first for Captain Sandy Yawn on Under the Mediterranean Bridge.
She found out the hard way that sailing in a hybrid was different from the standard superyacht when, on first charter, the boat lost outriggers. The crew and guests experienced a few tense moments as the superyacht rocked back and forth, until an engineer finally explained that the stabilizers were powered by the ship’s air conditioning system.
Despite a learning curve with this new boat, Yawn said she enjoys being the captain of a hybrid and is a big advocate for reducing the carbon footprint in the superyacht industry. In fact, she is currently working with a yacht builder to create her own vision of a hybrid yacht.
Boatbuilders are looking to be more eco-friendly, says ‘Below Deck Med’ Captain Sandy
“I think boat builders are more environmentally conscious,” Yawn recently told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “I think a lot of companies are trying to find ways to be environmentally friendly.”
She told TV Insider that “Home” posed specific challenges. “Having never been on a hybrid boat, I think it’s super cool because they care about our environment,” she said. “We don’t disturb the water. Owners are changing and making boats that are better for our planet.
Adding: “I had a huge learning curve on this ship because if I press the wrong button I have no piloting. If I press another button, I can steer the ship but I have no maneuverability. It is a very futuristic bridge with an incredible bow thruster. Then there was the art of managing the temperature for the stabilizers, what you see in the first episode is a problem for us.”
Captain Sandy is working on a hybrid design with a yacht builder
Yawn told Showbiz Cheat Sheet that she was working with a company to create a smaller hybrid ship. “I am currently working with a company to design a smaller ship than I personally would like. To make it more eco-friendly, hybrid style. So I’m working with the company now and we’re designing one,” Yawn said.
Regarding “Home”, Yawn did not have details on the superyacht’s impact on the environment. But according to yacht builder Heesen, the superyacht has focused on fuel economy instead of being a hybrid powered by battery charging.
“Our goal is to save energy,” Erik van Mourik of Heesen’s Design & Development department told Superyacht Times. “That’s what makes a yacht more durable – not an ability to run for an hour or two on battery power.”
Captain Sandy discusses another tech she loves
Yawn’s decades in the marine industry have given him the opportunity to experience a wide range of new products and technologies in addition to the new hybrid Under the Med Bridge boat. For example, when it comes to eyewear, her favorite brand is Maui Jim. She explained why. “Great technology,” she said. “I think their lens technology is superior to other lenses. So you put on their polarized glasses and compare them to another brand, they are far superior.
Yawn also had prescription Maui Jim glasses. “You take a frame and fill in the corrective lenses,” she said. “They can do anything with their lenses. But I’m just wearing sunglasses ’cause I did the lens replacement [surgery]so now i don’t need [prescripton glasses]. I just need readers.
Yawn wears her Maui Jim sunglasses Under the Med Bridge. “Maui Jim has released so many different styles,” she said. “The fact that they’re changing the style, I’m like oh my God. I only wear Maui Jim.
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