Five Concept Yachts That Might Actually Get Built
In the yachting world, concepts often come from young designers hoping to break into the business by enticing an owner to commission their design. While these novices bring welcome new ideas to the forefront, there’s unfortunately a significant problem with some of the designs: They’re drawn without adhering to, and sometimes even understanding, marine engineering requirements and regulatory restrictions. Anecdotes throughout yachting recount the tales of potential owners falling in love with a look, only to learn the hard way that it can’t be built as planned. The five superyacht concepts that follow are the exception to that rule. Each of these can indeed become reality, because proven naval architects and yacht designers created them. In fact, four of them even feature the backing of shipyards that are ready to begin construction.
Project Atom started out with an owner who planned to build a 443-foot superyacht at Italy’s Fincantieri Yachts shipyard. Unfortunately, just as the pre-engineering phase finished, he backed out. But because that crucial first step is complete, the team behind the project has determined that Atom would be capable of voyaging an incredible 6,000 miles at 16 knots. The design includes two helipads, a pool with a waterfall, and an outdoor cinema. The yacht’s owner would be able to determine specifics of the interior, which can accommodate 14 or more guests. Project Atom is currently for sale through YachtZoo. (yacht-zoo.com)
This superyacht’s looks are from a bygone era, but Project Nelson’s amenities are thoroughly 21st century. The 264-foot yacht project is a collaboration among top U.K. firms, including the renowned Laurent Giles naval-architecture studio. The yacht’s specifications include a range of 6,000 nautical miles, among other strong performance numbers. Trafalgar Wharf, a British shipyard, is prepared to build the yacht, with delivery taking place as early as 2020 if an owner were to commission the project today. Like most yachts, the owner would be able to customize Project Nelson’s spaces, from its spa-equipped beach club to the dedicated owners’ deck. Ocean Independence has the project listed for an asking price of approximately $118 million. (oceanindependence.com)
Vard 1-08 Kilkea
While the name may seem strange, there’s nothing odd about the purpose of Vard 1-08 Kilkea. The 270-foot expedition yacht—currently listed by Edmiston for $72 million—was conceived to capitalize on the growing number of adventure-seeking superyacht buyers. As such, Kilkea’s hull is based on that of an offshore supply vessel, designed for durability and stability. The celebrated design studio Bannenberg & Rowell has several suggested configurations, including a 12-stateroom version with two duplex VIP suites. Construction of the vessel is already underway, which will shorten the delivery time if a new owner commissions the project. (edmiston.com)
Imagine nearly 1,400 square feet of space devoted to your private accommodations. Designer Igor Lobanovconceived this enormous owner’s suite as one of the highlights of White Lion. This 279-foot yacht has commodious staterooms for your friends and family, too—the largest being just over 750 square feet. Other highlights include a beach club, a helipad, and a pool. White Lion was developed with the Germany-based yacht builder Nobiskrug and can be completed by 2019 if commissioned soon. YachtZoo has the project listed for sale. (yacht-zoo.com)
The well-known interior-design firm H2 Yacht Design collaborated with McFarlane Ship Design to create Project Raptor, which would be at least 344 feet long. The design has some truly stunning spaces, especially its two-level, atrium-like saloon. Rather than promote Project Raptor to key clients the usual way, via computer-generated illustrations, YPI Group (which holds the central listing) created a virtual-reality experience. This allows prospective buyers to “walk” through the saloon and other areas and to get a sense of the different woods, stones, and other interior materials. (ypigroup.com)