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Every year, the world’s best superyacht designers and brokers descend on Monte Carlo, the most exclusive and glamorous city in the world, to flood the Riviera with boats both luxurious and outlandish. This year proves to be no exception and, with the anchor being raised on the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show tomorrow, we take a look at five of the best and most talked about concept boats to discover this year, before they grace the marina in the future.
This striking superyacht – named for a dormant Hawaiian volcano – is the largest concept to date by celebrated Italian designer Roberto Curto. Coming in at 101 metres in length, and developed alongside Mario Grasso from Navirex, the two large staircases that both lead to the upper deck are the most exciting features of this vessel.
The forward staircase leads to the helipad, whilst the aft is split in two by a central waterslide. Altogether, the melting superstructure gives the effect of a volcano – from which Mauna Kea takes her name. With room for 12 guests, a top speed of 16.5 knots and cruising range of 6,000 nautical miles, this is a yacht built for adventure – and one we can’t wait to see in the water in the future.
Powered by Rolls Royce and measuring 65ft, the Aerobat s6 combines elegant outdoor living, easy access to the water’s edge, and the thrill of high performance cruising – all in a stunning yacht boasting exemplary design, naval architecture and engineering. What more could you want?
The distinctive teardrop cockpit is not only engaging, but aerodynamic, and offers an area that grants great views out to sea for the crew and guests. A central seating area allows for al fresco dining, and the dual steps provide a design quirk that gives the superstructure a fresh feel. ‘Aerostairs’ is also a new feature – an extendable swim platform the width of the transom that can be raised for boarding and lowered to act as a beach club ladder.
Coming in at 111-metres, Pollux is as vast as it is impressive. Designed by H2 Yacht Design, this sleek superyacht boasts voluminous interiors, which are balanced by an exterior design which places focus on outdoor living on the aft decks. A large swimming pool on the main deck offers a chance for exercise while in transit, and the bow of the yacht, used for sunbathing, can also double up as a helipad.
The svelte colour scheme – of a pale metallic silver and gloss black – give the yacht a versatile flavour, meaning it’ll fit in just as well in the Balearics as along the Dalmatian Coast. 7 decks, 20 guests and an incredible alfresco lounge with fire pit makes this one of the most exciting superyachts of the year – but you’ll have to wait to see it in person, it’s just a 2-metre concept at the Monaco Yacht Show this year.
It may not necessarily be a superyacht, more a support vessel, but we’re more excited by Project Echo than by many of the sleekest superyacht concepts showing at Monaco this year. 50 metres in length, and designed in collaboration with three of the finest designers in the business, Echo has been developed on a catamaran platform, and demonstrates a totally fresh approach to both the charter adventure yacht and superyacht support vessel markets.
Other notable features include a cargo deadweight carry capacity of 40 tonnes, long range and heavy seas cruising capabilities, integrated deck cargo transfer system and dedicated undercroft protection and technical lockers for any submarines. And, whilst this all may sound a little Bond-villainy, we’ve never seen a vessel yearning for adventure more earnestly than Echo.
A luxury sloop, Malcom Mckeon’s concept MM78 will become the largest sloop in the world. 78 metres long – as you’d expect – the vessel has been designed with a completely flush deck with almost no obstructions from stern to bow. Mckeon explained this decision by saying ‘The impetus for the design came from the client’s wish to have clear 360-degree views from the cockpit without the need for a flybridge.’
And other features this lucky client will be enjoying include a 150 square metre owner’s apartment positioned near the stern of the yacht, and their own personal saloon and dining area – an area which in turn opens up onto an outward-folding swim platform area.
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