Coronavirus And The Superyacht Industry

Coronavirus and the superyacht industry… Although the coronavirus pandemic is shutting down some ports of call for cruise ships, so far most of the shipyards and luxury marinas are remaining open.


Uncertainty in any area is something we as humans are quick to try to control. Chaos itself is described as the Law of Natural Order. Anything out of place – a misrule – must be identified, qualified and categorized so that we can continue on with our self-set pace.

Yet, such as Henri Poincare philosophized in the late 1800s, apparent random states of disorder are often governed by deterministic laws that are sensitive to the initial conditions  – meaning the basis of the situation to begin with serves as the rule for how it behaves.

Many might say that we are indeed in a state of chaos with Coronavirus and the superyacht industry, but how we act and react will determine its course. With the current COVID-19 situation creating serious risk for many and upending the daily routines for all, taking swift and drastic action now can positively influence the outcome.

So, today I write from the comfort of my home office, with my family around me and my two teenage sons eating us out of house and home. Today I’m grateful for my family, for my wonderful clients and for telecommunication technology, which allows us to continue our passion projects with relative ease.

In Broward county, all non-essential businesses have been asked to pause. Thankfully, Florida shipyards have been deemed “essential” and are not shut down. Thus, work continues on our projects, as I am able to be in continuous contact with our clients, vendors and subcontractors. Our contractors on our various refits are continuing to work and yards are incorporating additional safety measures such as taking temperatures and washing hands at newly incorporated hand washing stations as we enter and exit.

Something I have taught my boys and am constantly reiterating to them is the importance of a strong handshake. When visiting a few of our projects last week, it was a strange and uncomfortable feeling not shaking hands with those I met. 

Uncertainty in any aspect of life, as mentioned above, can indeed be unsettling. But I am confident that we will navigate this latest challenge and resume our lives more informed, more prepared and, perhaps ironically – more connected.

Take this time to find design inspiration in the colors and scenes around you, find solace in the quiet moments and find laughter in the connection with your family and friends. For your enjoyment, I’ve also written up a blog post about one of my favorite Transitional and Contemporary design projects aboard Ti Punch. Too often we run at a frenzied pace and forget to stop to… yep, gonna say it, smell the roses!

Watch the YouTube video of Ti Punch by Billy Black Photo.

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About the Author

Destry Darr Pethtel is an award-winning interior designer based in Florida. Her designs have been featured in several luxury yacht publications such as Showboats, Boat International, Yachts International, Yachting, Luxe Magazine to name just a few! Read More About Destry >>

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