In contrast to brand design continuity and traditional features, highly valued in luxury yachts development, sometimes designers strive to expand the boundaries of imagination and break established standards, coming up with extraordinary yacht concepts. Yacht Harbour recalls some of the most extravagant ones of the world has never seen in real.

Wind Motion 70T is a 70-metre trimaran concept by French-based yacht designer Mathis Ruhl. The yacht’s rigs are her key innovation, featured with multiple rotating mast with twin wings. Furthermore, the mast is fitted with foldable sails. Additionally, the rigs are designed to capture and transform wind energy into efficient propulsive force.

Wind Motion also features a central pivot point that supports two spars. This would help to reduce weight and vibrations, increasing aerodynamic efficiency and clearing more deck space. 

Being fully automated, the propulsion system would ensure the yacht’s propulsion even under medium wind conditions.

This 140-metre airship carrier concept was introduced by Monaco-based artist George Lucian.

The concept’ target customer a visionary owner who would be equally passionate about yachting and flying, as the yacht is featured with an airship of around 100 metres.

The concept is designed in such a way that, beside all the amenities that the superyacht would offer, the airship itself is able to accommodate a couple of guests, and host a saloon for dinners, partying or relaxation.

#3. Elyon

This radical 110-metre superyacht design was developed by Expleo Design studio in 2018. The yacht with steel hull and aluminium superstructure within a beam of 14,3 metres would be able to accommodate up to 30 guests. She is expected to cruising at the speed of 18 knots.

The organic shapes used to draw the yacht combine elements inspired by nature. Main inspiration was a calm wave, reflected in the exterior lines of the project.  

Each deck from the six features several types  of entertainment, such as sunbathing areas, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, party place, dining space, spa and gym, wellness area, games and casino room.

The space underneath the helicopter pad was designed to be used as a party place with a front view and an indoor pool.

Drawing inspiration from Japanese art of paper folding and Asian traditional sailing vessels, this 100-metre sailing yacht concept was developed by George Lucian in 2017.

The main mast, rising from a full-beam glass-sided swimming pool, culminates in a lookout point, the so-called “crow’s nest”. The yacht boasts a huge middle-deck with Jacuzzi and lounge zones, as well as indoor drive-in garage for tenders and a speed boat placed towards the bow and lifted by a crane.

The hull opens into a large beach club and helicopter tough-and-go platform in calm seas. Meanwhile, the interior area stays protected by a glass wall, serving for beautiful sea views when the yacht is at anchor or in calm seas.

The yacht’s accommodating capacity would make to up to 12 guests.

#5. Tetra

This pyramid-shaped yacht concept named the Tetrahedron Super Yacht was developed by London-based architect Jonathan Schwinge in 2016. The main idea was to eliminate potential seasickness as the yacht hovers over the water. 

Constructed of carbon fibre and duplex stainless steel, the multimillion pound yacht is estimated to weigh around 75 tonnes if built for real. However, with her four faces and six edges, Tetra features LOA of only 21,6 metres.

The vessel’s take-off speed would make 15 knots, with a top speed reached at 38 knots. At low speed though Tetra represents nothing but a a trimaran, floating on three underbelly hulls.

The yacht with room for six guests and four crew members would reportedly feature sun decks, an outdoor dining area, water toys and retractable stairs that lead to the water.

This 130-metre superyacht concept was presented by UK-based designer Andy Waugh in 2016. If completed, the vessel would be among the world’s largest superyachts, featuring a unique silhouette and bold exterior. 

Epiphany is designed to provide large volumes of accommodation within elegant outfit. Her low bulwarks and full height glass would provide guests with an enhanced sense of openness and space. The aft deck hosts the main swimming pool and sun lounging area which converts into a helipad if required, not to mention 2 VIPs and 8 guest cabins.

Concurrently, the owners of the Epiphany would have an entire deck to themselves, featured with a stately room with increased ceilings, including a private cinema, skylights, an office with space for personal assistants, and a Jacuzzi.

Below the owner’s deck is a unique ‘VIP deck’ housing 4 huge cabins each with private balconies. Other alluring features include a cinema and gaming area as well as a fully equipped gym and spa. The main bar opens up onto the aft deck accommodating al fresco dining area.  

 As to the crew, Epiphany could host up to forty crew members on-board.

#7. Shaddai

The 150-metre Shaddai came from the mind of Gabriele Teruzzi, an Italian yacht designer in 2016, inspired by the growing trend for spectacular superyacht pools. Thus, the concept reflects her name meaning  omnipotence in Hebrew.

The concept focuses on providing a unique viewpoint to her owner and guests, with the master suite located at the height of 38 meters above the main deck, along with a 105-square-metre beach club. The latter comes complete with fold-out balconies. What is more, the owner's area is complemented by a large terrace and an infinity pool located on the edge of the top deck.

#8. Stella

This 50-metre concept was introduced by Red Yacht Design for Mengi-Yay Yachts in 2016. She features 280 sqm open spaces with a large beach area at the aft of the main deck, equipped with a pool and a lounge with differently leveled sundecks. 

Furthermore, there are a garage for jet-skis, diving equipment, water toys and a tender laid below the deck. The foredeck features a master suite with an office, dressing room, bathroom and a special spa for the owner. The yacht’s skylight and balconies make the spa very spacious and light to provide the owner with an openness feeling.

The interior features soft and natural tones, whilst large external windows provide even more spaciousness. Performance wise, Stella would be able to reach a top speed of 24 knots thanks to her two M90 2720kw MTU engines.
Her construction is reported to take 24 months.

This 70-metre concept was presented by Turkish designer Timur Bozca in 2016. She represents a sinister-looking superyacht embracing dark tones within her minimalist interior.

The key design point is the yacht’s helipad, from where the guests can descend inside via a concealed lift. The yacht would offer many alfresco zones within the extended aft deck, complemented by sun loungers and infinity pool.

In order to make references to land-based architecture, the designer incorporated a glass wall that sits at an angle and extends from the main deck to the upper deck towards the aft. That would guarantee great views out aft over the extended beach club area where the pool fades away towards the stern.

The yacht can host on-board up to 12 guests within a master suite and six guest cabins. Her cruising speed, by the way, makes around 20 knots, with the top speed of 28 knots. 

#10. Jazz

This 90-metre superyacht concept was developed by a legendary architect Zaha Hadid for German builder Blohm+Voss . HStructural supports have been moved outward to open up the interior to palatial spaces.

This thought-provoking design reconsiders the interaction between the inner and outer space to the extreme, while its fluid exterior resembles the shapes of marine creatures.

This prototype would be applicable for a variety of pre-engineered platforms, employing as many features of the concept, as needed for builder’s purposes. The external supports free up the interior in favour of huge continual spaces, a principle that Hadid used to apply on many of her building towers.

To find out more about the latest uncommon yacht concepts, check our list of the most extravagant projects released in 2019.

Latest News

Heesen delivers full-custom 56m superyacht Galvas
Dutch builder Heesen has shared news on the delivery of its YN 18556 hull previously known as Project Neptune, the 56-metre full custom steel FDHF superyaht Galvas.

Basing upon Heesen’s engineering platform for the 55m FDHF Steel Class, Galvas sports an innovative design penned by British firm H2. The yacht’s subtle paint scheme boasts a silver nuance on the transom, wing station and mast.On the functional side, the exterior design includes tenders stored on the forward deck under hatch covers, while the lower beach club houses water toys. A 3.5-metre long fixed platform provides easy access to the water. In the meantime, warm teak, blue backlit panels and bamboo finishing of the outdoor lounge areas blend with the ocean beyond.

With her interior volume of 770 GT, Galvas offers accommodation to up to 12 guests (with the crew of 13) across six staterooms designed by British design studio Reymond Langton, at the owner’s choice. Meanwhile, his generous 85-square-metre master suite is set forward on the main deck, comprising a private gym with steam room, office, full-beam bedroom and bathroom. The interior architecture throughout the main deck and upper deck saloons is in sycamore combined with understated geometric motifs. The delicate fabrics and soft furnishings interplay with artworks by DKT in glass, gypsum, resin and bronze.Two MTU 8V 4000 M63 diesel engines coupled with the ultra-efficient FDHF steel hull allowed Galvas to exceed her top speed of 15.5 knots during sea trials. At a cruising speed of 13 knots, she will boast a range of 3,100 nautical miles. The yard is particularly proud that YN 18556 is the second yacht in Heesen’s fleet to comply with the latest emissions regulations thanks to an SCR catalytic system reducing NOx exhaust emissions, as long as ecology awareness has been recently in the focus with the major yacht builders.Galvas has already completed rigorous tests in the North Sea, and is now heading to the Mediterranean for her maiden voyage.
To spy or not to spy: techno utilities aboard a €65 million James-Bond-inspired superyacht
Along with the recent press hype over the forthcoming episode of the James Bond film series, Italian Videoworks Group has revealed the technologies they deployed on-board a 69-metre James-Bond-inspired Benetti superyacht Spectre, delivered in 2018.Even bearing her name after a James Bond film, the yacht represents a steel-hulled vessel with aluminium superstructure, pool and "touch ang go" helipad. Spectre features exterior design by Benetti, Mulder Design and Giorgio Cassetta, able to demonstrate a maximum speed of 21.2 knots.The indoor design concept has been created by the Benetti Interior Style Department, while Videoworks has built a highly technological installation that comprises audio-video, network, telephony, home automation and CCTV systems. Below is more information on the yacht’s amazing techno features.AUDIO-VIDEOThe AV system is fully centralised, installed in a small dedicated rack room, with 7 full-height racks. Their super-customised frame has been specifically designed to fit into the available space (the cabins have only TVs, speakers and iPads). A full-height rack is in the wheelhouse, whereas a small deck rack is dedicated to networking and communications.Audio-video contents are transmitted via fibre-optics. In addition to the Kaleidescape film and music server, there is a server dedicated to the crew, who can access it via iPads. With the Kaleidescape provider, Videoworks has managed the pre-loading of approximately 1800 DVDs and Blu-ray discs (music and films), complete with covers, metadata, info on actors, trailers and special content. In this way Owners are guaranteed a customised service that is certainly convenient to use.Every room in Spectre has its own HDMI socket near the TV, to display files from local sources. The skylounge hall in the upper deck has two TVs (with 75” and 49” screens) with independent audio systems, although they share the same group of sources. Everything is managed through a matrix that allows to configure the area with multiple combinations, depending on the purpose (party, show, institutional video + satellite channel, etc.). The Sea Tel 100 TV HD satellite dishes (SAT TV) can receive European and American HD channels. This kind of satellite dish works worldwide, which means there is no need for LNB replacement when changing hemisphere.HOME AUTOMATIONInternal and external LED lights are managed via Crestron keyboards and DALI protocol, with customised silk-screen printed buttons. Videoworks’s sister company, Itworks, has created a customised software for light management, which allows to restore previously saved settings and to save the new configuration as setting, uploading it when requested. A 'secret' procedure, known only to the crew, allows to return to the original settings and to easily restore the system. Owners can use an iPad to call staff from any part of the yacht; the call is received and displayed in the crew mess and in the pantry. The super-silent Lutron blinds can be controlled via Crestron touch-screen and iPad with customised silk-screen printed keyboards. NMEA navigation information (wind speed, direction, cruising speed, sea depth, etc.) can be viewed using the specific Myinfos App developed by Itworks. NETWORK AND CYBERSECURITYOnboard network security (firewall, bandwidth manager, connection manager, etc.) is guaranteed by the Kerio NG500 system, which allows to surf securely while on board and to manage bandwidth as needed, e.g. if the Owner needs to work aboard, the system allows to limit bandwidth access and use. To guarantee the greatest security possible, the system uses Cisco products from the Catalyst and Aironet professional lines.TELEPHONYThe telephone switchboard is managed through a Cisco Router and the Cisco Unified Communication Manager software. The system includes 17 cordless telephones + 17 landlines, buzzer, fax line and light signals for calls from the Engine Room.CCTV SYSTEM The closed circuit television system manages 10 cameras, two PTZ cameras (one interior and one exterior), a number of external fixed cameras and a 360° fisheye camera, two observation and management stations (one in the wheelhouse and one in the crew mess), through a dedicated Panasonic software and PC touch panel. The Network Disk Recorder allows the captain to make recordings for security, control and surveillance purposes. The CCTV system is integrated in the entertainment section through the Itworks 'Myinfos' app.__________The yacht, which is a winner of the 2019 World Superyacht Awards category ‘Displacement yachts between 500 and 1,999 tonnes,’ was built for US entrepreneur John Staluppi (net worth $500 million, Celebrity Net Worth) with a passion for speed and technology in mind and as a part of his James-Bond inspired-fleet. Nevertheless, Staluppi sold Spectre in February 2019 asking €65,000,000.Meanwhile, the James Bond theme has been driving inspiration for numerous yacht enthusiasts through years. Some yachts have even become ultimate attributives of the story, with Spirit 54 Soufriere appearing in Casino Royale, or Sunseeker Sovereign 17 filmed in Quantum of Solace.Recommended articles : Serial yacht owners: Spectre; Inside John Staluppi's Bond themed superyacht fleet.
50m high-speed Feadship Project 706 takes on outfitting
Past weekend, recently unveiled Fedship in-build, the 49.5-metre Project 706, took a move from the structural build facility to Feadship outfitting yard in Aalsmeer, manoeuvring her way through the Dutch canals. The details on the project are kept in strict secrecy. The key point known about Project 706 is that the all-aluminium superyacht is conceived to become one of the fastest Feadships on the water, thanks to a series of high-performance water jets she will come equipped with. It has been also said, the vessel’s completion is scheduled to 2020. Meanwhile, another brand new Feadship, 77-metre Syzygy 818 is now undergoing sea trials at the North Sea. Still, the 77-metre is not the one to make it to the list of the Dutch yard's largest vessels of over 90 metres.
Nine major superyacht brands sign up to carbon footprint reduction
In order to join the mission of ‘driving sustainability in superyachting’, some of the biggest players of the industry have come together supporting a non-profit organization, Water Revolution Foundation. So far, the brands signed behind the idea are Abeking&Rasmussen, Alexseal, Amels | Damen, Benetti, Feadship, Heesen, Lürssen, MB92 and Rybovich.Pledging substantial multi-year commitment and financial contributions in the organisation, the brands have contributed to recognition of the urgency to reduce the industry’s ecological footprint.The International Maritime Organization has set goal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050 from 2008’s levels in the industry, along with keeping on increasing marine protected areas.Robert van Tol, executive director of Water Revolution Foundation, commented:Sustainability is something we can no longer view as optional. But, more importantly, our industry is well positioned to take the lead with a smart and affluent clientele and our unique connection with the ocean.Van Tol highlighted that the foundation is open to all industry companies. Moreover, they consider sustainability not a competitive advantage but a responsibility and a minimum standard that needs to be improved continuously and collectively.I’d like to thank our first anchor partners for sharing this vision, making it possible to start this ambitious programme and call on other companies to join this revolution too.Water Revolution Foundation’s activities will revolve around three areas of focus: promoting new technology and empowering innovation; pro-actively creating the industry’s own sustainability agenda, going beyond legislative requirements; and reinvesting in ocean conservation.Water Revolution’s first joint industry project will be to determine a yacht’s operational profile and how to compare yachts with one another. A database for verified sustainable solutions will also be developed, facilitating designers, builders and refitters with the knowledge needed to accelerate the shift towards sustainability.This initiative is not the first one demonstrating awareness and concern with eco future of yachting among the industry players. For instance, the sixth edition of the Solar & Energy Boat Challenge has been recently held in Monaco, premiering the first zero emission committee boat. Meanwhile, one of the most environmentally-oriented vessels ever built, the 43-metre power trimaran Adastra has lately entered the market.
$12 million futuristic superyacht Adastra now on sale
The 43-metre yacht Adastra, one of the world's most amazing superyachts thanks to her futuristic design, has been listed for sale. According to media sources, such as CNN Travel, the world’s first luxury power trimaran of its size is owned by Hong-Kong-based billionaire and shipping tycoon Anto Marden.This futuristic projectile was built by Australian McConaghyyard in Hong-Kong in 2012—at a reported cost exceeding $20 million, to cruise Indonesia and Southeast Asia. In the seven years since the launch, she has crossed the Atlantic several times, taking Marden and his wife around the globe. Her reported estimated price now might amount to $ 12,000,000, states Robb Report.Designed by British studio Shuttleworth Design, Adastra was created with environmental impact in mind. Her aerodynamic wings help her float on the water, thus her drag is significantly reduced through only 20% of the vessel submerged in water. In light of this, the lightweight glass and carbon boat consumes only about 14% of the fuel used by more traditional yachts with the same specs. Before fuel and water, Adastra tips the scales at just 52 tonnes.According to comments shared by Marden with Robb Report, the yacht has a range of 10,000 nautical miles, as cruising at 10 knots, she burns only 4.5 gallons per hour. Meanwhile, Adastra has a top speed of 23 knots. The owner reported to recently sail from St. Maarten to Vigo in Spain, having enough fuel left to head back to the Caribbean.Hong Kong–based interior designers Jepsen Design developed the interiors for nine guests and six crew, offering five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and an open-air bar. One of her most innovative features is an option for remote control by an iPad from up to 164 feet away. Collecting several design awards, the yacht as also awarded Most Innovative Design at the World Superyacht Awards in 2013.According to Robb Report, the reason the owners have put the vessel on sale is that she is not getting enough use, as they cruised to all the places they wanted to cruise.Generally, the innovative vessel has been attracting the attention of press and yachting enthusiasts ever since her launch, spotted here and there, for instance in Gibraltar or in Fijian waters.