Opacmare originally envisioned its Transformer as an artificial private beach, allowing guests to move in and out of the water. It became much more when lifting and gangway functions were added, and when custom requests further tweaked the concept — without marring its intended look.
“When it’s closed, it’s perfectly flush with the transom,” says Cristina Moisa, Opacmare’s sales and marketing executive. “Nobody would guess there’s a mechanical system hidden below.”
That system lifts the movable platform in a yacht’s transom up and out, or up, out and down into the water.
The biggest design hurdle was rotating the platform through 360 degrees and supporting all of the Transformer’s design functionality. At the time, Moisa says, that kind of actuator didn’t exist, so Opacmare partnered with a German supplier.
Today, each Transformer-series model offers different specifications and options. “One customer [requested] a Transformer that could move his Bentley from the dock to the boat’s garage,” Moisa says. “It somehow improves the relationship between the boat and its users.”
While early-generation Transformer platforms were semicustom and designed for globe-girdling superyachts, the Italian company now has Transformer platforms for yachts of all lengths and styles that can be installed during new builds or refits.