Superyacht builders regularly release images and videos of Superyacht concepts indicating the direction their future designs will take | Source: Lürssen
Designing the superyacht concept is an exciting exercise in the imagination with renowned shipyards and studios releasing digital sketches giving us even more reason to look forward to future builds.
Multiple pools, floating platforms, massive glass structures and even waterfalls are ideas designers love to throw around and with advances in marine architectural technology making these bold plans more achievable, it’s an exciting time for the superyacht industry.
Some of these concepts use low-emission propulsion systems to limit their impact on the environment and improve the onboard experience. Others have completely removed the propulsion-producing emissions.
Here are some of the best.
Wonder 253W – Wonder Yachting
The Merveille 253W concept is a 77 meter sail-assisted monohull, using underwater turbines to recharge its batteries as it moves. There is no rigging and deployment is fully automatic, with propulsion using wind and solar power to help the vessel achieve theoretical unlimited range.
An inspired deck layout means this yacht is truly something special, with a forward-facing master suite where the wheelhouse is usually located and a hidden swimming pool on the foredeck.
The AYRO WING propulsion system means there is no wasted energy. Associated with the turbines, solar panels generate electricity to recharge its batteries and power the equipment on board. Oceanwings can rotate 360 degrees and propel the vessel with wind from the bow or stern, with the design gaining an Approval in Principle (AiP) from DNV GL, the world’s leading classification society.
This noble superyacht concept aims to use sustainable, local and eco-friendly materials in construction to limit its impact on the environment. Ventilation is one of the key factors that Merveille Yachting took into account when drawing up the plans, and the tubular structures and volumes have all been designed to promote a flow of fresh air from all directions.
This visionary design by renowned German yacht builder Lürssen is inspired by the fairy tale Alice in Wonderland and features one of the most unusual layouts of a main deck you will ever see. It is completely separate from the cabins, which are located on a floating platform above and almost entirely open to the fresh sea air.
Definitely a vessel to keep in the calmer waters of the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, the 98 meter vessel was built for fun. The superyacht concept includes plans for a serene outdoor garden forward and a beach club aft with plenty of deck space and seating in between.
It runs entirely on fuel cells and is therefore emission-free. There is a helipad on the sundeck and a glass bottom swimming pool suspended between the bow and stern. Yacht designer Jim Robert Sluijter said many of Lürssen’s clients said they didn’t use their main salon, so he decided to get rid of it completely, making room for whatever the owner desires. Options include a paddle tennis court or semi-enclosed bar and dance floor.
Kairos – Oceanco, Pininfarina and Lateral
When renowned Italian design studio Pininfarina and leading custom yacht builder Oceanco collaborate on a concept superyacht, you know it’s going to be something special. The name was inspired by the ancient Greek word for time and is energized with possibility, celebration and the potential of the future.
KAIROS exemplifies how Oceanco envisions the future through NXT’s integrated approach to yacht design, harnessing the latest developments in technical and propulsion systems while reflecting the evolution of our living space experience.
NXT is Oceanco’s collaborative initiative that aims to bring talent from other industries into yacht building and Italian coach builder Pininfarina is one of Italy’s most renowned and respected custom car brands . The Kairos concept uses a hybrid diesel electric propulsion system powered by stored electricity to move the boat. Electricity is produced by highly efficient, low-vibration diesel generators.
A central piazza-style area on three levels is the focal point of Kairos. Pininfarina CEO Paolo Pininfarina said he wanted the asymmetrical space to look like a multi-dimensional landscape where “time, space and people connect to become one in the moment”.
Domus – Van Geest Design
This 39-metre trimaran from Dutch studio Van Geest Design has no shortage of interior space, with the concept centering on an ancient central Roman-style atrium surrounded by 789 square meters of cabins, lounges and seating. An onboard cinema, gym, lounge, bar and swimming pool complete this floating mansion and of course there is also a spa to relax like a true Roman.
Van Geest claims the vessel will be the first truly zero-emissions superyacht over 750 gross tons and will use a combination of solar panels, hydro-regeneration technology and hydrogen fuel cells to achieve unlimited range. A huge mainsail is included in the design to provide emission-free propulsion.
Just because superyachts are what they are today doesn’t mean they should stay that way, we believe this project will redefine what a multihull sailing superyacht can be.
Van Geest Design
Domus’ trimaran hull design allows her to use wind power more efficiently for propulsion and reduces roll and instability. According to Van Geest, guests on board will experience a level of comfort they claim will be far superior to any sailing or power monohull.
Lycka – Tillberg Design from Sweden and Nobiskrug
Blonde wood paneling and full-length windows exemplify the clever design elements of this fantastic superyacht concept from TDoS and German shipyard Nobiskrug. Seventy-seven meter Lycka, which means ‘happiness’ in Swedish, has a plumb bow, long waterline and less beam to allow it to move faster through the water.
A helipad on the foredeck will allow you to embark and disembark easily, the concept focusing on wellness amenities designed to be simple to access and easy to use.
Lycka has been deliberately designed for longevity – from hull shape to material selection to technical systems – to meet future demands as well as environmental regulations.
Daniel Nerhagen, Tillberg Design from Sweden.
Interiors are classic Nordic-chic, a relaxing palette of pale wood paneling and white accents paired with floor-to-ceiling windows and an open-plan design that makes you feel at one with your surroundings. Full-length ocean views from a sheltered central living and dining area make the Lycka concept an attractive concept for potential buyers and there’s a good chance something similar to Lycka will be built in the future. coming.
Phathom 60 – Phathom Design Studio
This 60m superyacht concept from Dutch company Phantom Design Studio features a unique pool deck connecting directly to an aft pool and central glass atrium. It was designed for a client who wanted a smaller version of the studio’s first 80-meter concept. You can store a 7 meter dinghy in the pool and the bow includes a split level master suite with its own private pool and waterfall deck.
The terrace conservatory is surrounded by UV protective glass, an al fresco kitchen for casual dining, and a gym and spa. The aft lower deck bulwarks fold out to create more space, the geometric exteriors make heavy use of glass “with the intention of impressing”, says Phathom Design.
Ada 60 Z – Uldas Yacht Design
One of the few superyacht concepts to feature three swimming pools, this 60-meter plan from Turkish company Uldas Yacht Design has a long waterline and a huge lower deck with a lush beach club and poolside lounge. ‘water. The helipad is positioned on the upper deck, which is unusual for a superyacht, but means the space can be used for other purposes when vacant.
There is a swimming pool on the aft lower deck, sun deck and upper deck which means there will be plenty of fun in the water for guests on the yacht. Interiors are pale wood offset by dark marble, with a penthouse-style master suite and private lounging nooks on both sides.
Ada 60 Z will be powered by two 1,300 hp MTU engines and will be able to reach a maximum of 15 knots. The bulwarks on either side of the beach club fold down for more space around the pool couch seats. She will benefit from a very shallow draft of 2.5 meters which will be very practical when sailing in shallow or unknown waters.
Many of these concepts limit their emissions, reflecting a more sustainable future for boating. With electric propulsion in mind, take a look at some of the best electric boats currently in production.