HOW DOORS AND HATCHES ARE PART OF AN INTEGRATED SECURITY SOLUTION ABOARD YOUR SUPERYACHT
Written by Yachting Pages
Last updated: 31/05/2019
Superyacht design is about combining luxury, practicality, safety and ingenious space-saving options. Whether you want manual doors, automatic doors, sliding, folding or swinging doors, the choice is almost unlimited.
Specialist superyacht suppliers will bespoke manufacture any type of door, ranging from watertight hull doors and deck hatches to elegant and practical interior doors.
Fully glazed structural sliding doors give a luxurious feel that can match the exterior of the superyacht. Whether you choose an elegantly curved door or a straight door, they can be covered in a coloured film to reduce glare and maintain the chosen styling. These sliding door options can be fitted with flush sills, which means no more tripping over high sills that create health and safety problems and owner irritation. Flush sills will let your principal feel as if they’re walking around their home.
To uniquely personalise the exterior and interior glazing, a logo or design can be sandblasted to any window or door and privacy can be protected with smart glass that turns opaque instantly at the touch of a button.
The glass sliding doors, as well as being aesthetically pleasing, can be chemically toughened to provide a level of security that will protect against attack and are bulletproof to offer the ultimate protection for the owner and their guests.
How do you keep your superyacht safe and secure?
The safety and privacy of the superyacht's owner and their guests are paramount. Whether you are in port or anchored off a remote cove, you need to know that the only people on board are those with permission, but how do you achieve that level of security without situating guards all over the yacht which will detract from the peace and tranquillity?
The rapid advances in wireless sensor technology allow access and departure to be monitored via a smartphone or tablet. Gangways can be monitored via Wi-Fi cameras that can detect motion, alert you and record the designated area, allowing time for a crew member to investigate.
On-board security can now be entirely keyless using either key fobs or an app on your smartphone or tablet. No more problems with multiple keys, losing a key or having to lock and unlock when you leave an area or return.
Choose who has access to which areas of the superyacht. Keep owner accommodation off limits to guests while allowing their family to freely come and go as required. Allow time-limited access to crew for housekeeping or maintenance purposes but deny access for the remainder of the day.
If a key fob is lost it can be blocked in a matter of seconds and a new one initialised moments later.
The digital door cylinders are programmable and can monitor the status of a door - whether it's open, closed or locked - while event logging allows you to see who has accessed which rooms and when. This level of monitoring might sound a little Big Brother from the George Orwell book '1984', but security is paramount and knowing what is happening on the yacht at all times ensures the secursafetyity of the owner, their family and guests.
All of the electronic locks can be manually operated from the inside to allow exiting even if there is a system anomaly.
The key fobs or smartphone app can also be used by the owner and his guests when they return to the superyacht to extend the passerelle as they arrive allowing them to board.
Security no longer needs to feel oppressive or ruin the aesthetics of the superyacht. Innovations in door and hatch construction and the availability of remote security solutions that allow you to design the level of security your owner desires mean that they, their family and guests can enjoy the many benefits of the superyacht life, safe in the knowledge that their personal privacy won’t be violated.
Take a look at our doors and hatches tips for further facts and inspiration.