HELYBASE is a brand new helipad concept for superyachts designed by Besenzoni, a word leader in the design and manufacturing of boating accessories
More than a simple superyacht accessory, HELYBASE is a concentration of technology that can be used according to the requirements of each single superyacht owner. Helybase is a self – levelling platform that reaches a surface of up to 60 square metres and is able to completely hide itself under the sundeck positioned at the yacht’s stern made possible by the use of a petal shaped structure. In its rest position, the platform retracts itself under the floor level whereas under the sunlight Helybase opens like a flower, doubling its surface.
This product is the result of 2 years of scientific research in cooperation with the engineer Sergio Baragetti, Professor of the Università degli Studi di Bergamo who is engaged in research at an international level even with the US NAVY (Office of Naval Research, ONR).
Since 2008 Besenzoni has worked on the Helybase which is the only SELF-LEVELLING platform, thanks to an electronic and hydraulic system, that is able to compensate the ship’s inclination in both longitudinal and transversal sense, keeping the platform perfectly horizontal.
Besenzoni thus overcomes the problem of the yacht’s oscillations and obtains a perfectly stable support which broadens the surface at the yacht owner’s disposal. Cleverly, the Helybase is also able to be used as a recreation area, where superyacht owners and charterers can play a game of golf for example.
The platform is made in a special combination of titanium and carbon that exploits the lightness of its components to safe 60% in weight to avoid stability problems during the yacht’s navigation. Designed for an installation at the yacht’s bow section (from 24 to 50 meters and above), it may as well be positioned at the stern section instead of the tender or the Jet Ski, or on the fly bridge instead of the spa pool. There is choice of 3 models to obtain surfaces from 8 up to 60 square meters and a capacity of up to 55 KN (55.000 N).
Helybase is part of Besenzoni’s latest series of carbon made products, a material that the company is still testing: the objective is to reach new standards for lightness in addition to the elevated standards for safety and technology that distinguish all Besenzoni products.
For forty years now, tradition and innovation have been the driving force behind Besenzoni which has successfully combined careful attention to design and aesthetics with intensive research & development work.