Introducing the 10 coolest concept superyachts

From the outlandish to the incredible, these are the vessels of the future

Spectrum was conceived by Nauta Design and Oceanco to encompass a broad range of possibilities in terms of both propulsion and living spaces. Her layout over five decks provides considerable flexibility for 14 guests. There is a close relationship to the sea throughout, with a seamless flow from outdoor deck spaces to the interior. 

Large windows and extensive balconies provide abundant light, an important factor in the design. The lower deck includes a wellness suite with sauna, steam room, beauty treatment area and massage room. Two terraces open symmetrically port and starboard from the massage room and gym.

Horacio Bozzo’s new 123 metre concept for Fincantieri is Private Bay, which shows off a sporty raked mast atop a sleek hull and superstructure. “The exterior is characterised by surfaces that intersect, creating reflections with terraces and balconies overlooking the sea,” says Bozzo. 

Accommodation is for 18 in an owner’s suite and eight VIP cabins. The most stunning feature is the 160- square metre beach club, showcasing an infinity pool with swim-up cocktail bar, outdoor cinema and fold-out stairs for easy access to the sea. A side-loading tender garage stores an eight metre RIB, a 10 metre tender, an 11 metre limo and four PWCs

Project Norse is a sail-assisted exploration vessel with trans-oceanic range capable of voyaging to both poles, while offering maximum self-sustainability and minimal environmental impact. 

Inspiration came from “the extensive range and endurance of the longboat and the use of sail as a secondary power source”, explains designer Oliver Stacey. Three identical masts hoist in-boom furling mainsails – a configuration designed to maximise reliability and flexibility for an ultimate exploration craft.

Under construction at Turquoise’s Kocaeli shipyard, and due for delivery in 2019, is Project Barracuda. The masculine lines of the exterior styling by H2 Yacht Design pay homage to the studio’s previous collaboration with Turquoise, the 74 metre Talisman C. This interior, created by Ken Freivokh, is practical yet elegant, with an emphasis on enjoying the sea. 

The saloon-cum-dining room opens to the aft terrace and features a full-beam upper lounge and bar, a beach club, steam room, massage room and an indoor/ outdoor gym. This design focuses on integrating the decks. To this end, a triple-height atrium links all the decks with an elegant spiral staircase. Project Barracuda will accommodate 16 guests in an owner’s suite, two VIP suites and four guest cabins.

An explorer yacht conceived as a ship for its technical and seakeeping qualities and as a yacht for its comfort, the Tomahawk 52 is a fully custom design by Columbus Yachts and its design partner Marco Casali. 

The name Tomahawk comes from the bow shape’s resemblance to a Native American axe. The concept can be developed in lengths from 40 to 100 metres. Casali says Tomahawk is a “yacht inside a ship” that balances comfort with exceptional seakeeping. The owner’s suite measures 75m2 and has a private terrace of 21m2.

Faster, lighter and more fuel efficient. French multihull specialist Coste Design lauds the benefits of the uniquely formed power trimaran, offering 60, 80 and 100 metre platforms. The Blue Coast Yachts 60m hybrid power trimaran combines the swift and efficient performance of a trimaran with luxurious accommodation – this particular superstructure affords for a voluminous saloon and excellent vistas with wrap-around windows.

Project Atlas combines the advantages of motor yacht size, explorer yacht range and sailing yacht fuel savings. A collaboration by UK studios H2 Yacht Design and Laurent Giles Superyacht Architects, the project would have a generous volume estimated at 4,500GT and cruise like a motor yacht when the lifting keel is raised. 

As a sailing boat, she combines an easily driven low-drag hull form with an efficient multi-masted rig. The elegant exterior has soft, flowing curves and deck spaces are expansive: note the multiple pools. Lifeboats, often deemed unsightly, are cleverly integrated into the upper deck superstructure and hidden by detachable bulwarks.

A go-anywhere explorer superyacht with Italian craftsmanship and celebrated design know-how, the 48 metre Argo is Rossinavi and UK-based designer Ken Freivokh’s first project together. 

The yacht is designed for exploration but can also serve as a support vessel for much larger yachts thanks to her extensive tender storage. A custom-designed crane launches two tenders as well as a personal submarine and an amphibious landing craft. The aft deck has a touch-and-go helideck that shows off Freivokh’s functional and operational ideas.

A nod to the past with a clear vision of the future: the stunning new André Hoek-designed 56 metre explorer under construction by Turquoise Yachts in Turkey is reminiscent of classic steam ships yet is designed and built to be an exploration yacht for the 21st century.

Among her features are generous under-deck storage for two sizeable tenders, state-of–the–art satcom equipment in domes hidden within the composite funnel, and a large boarding platform integrated in the structure with retractable stairs for easy boarding.The contemporary interior has teak detailing. Styling is by the Hoek studio in co-operation with John Vickers Studio in the UK.

Full feature available in Boat International Media’s new bookazine Futureyachts, out Thursday 27th April.

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