Top 10 Super Yacht designs of 2015
344-foot Acquaintance has been introduced by the Dutch yacht builder Oceanco, in partnership with designer Philippe Briand and his London-based Vitruvius Yachts brand at the Monaco Yacht Show. Her concept is a perfect balance of beauty and proportion. The bridge deck hosts a touch-and-go helipad, and the lower deck features a beach club, cinema, gym and spa.
The garage on this level can hold a 39-foot tender in addition to personal watercraft and other toys. The superyacht’s most alluring feature is a main-deck swimming pool with a glass floor and a translucent aft glass panel, allowing the pool to be viewed from angles including through the skylight in the spa-deck ceiling below. As for the performance, Acquaintance can reach a top speed of 18,5 knots. Her hybrid approach incorporates four MTU 16V 4000 M33 engines and two 3,500 kW electric motors.
French design studio, MUB-Mahjoub El Mahmoudi, has proudly presented their latest super-fast 102m mega yacht Calibre concept – a proper combination of speed and comfort. According to the designer, the exterior is inspired by the taper of a bullet “fitting for the arsenal of any bad guy” yet she’s also sleek and sexy, intended to stand out from the parade of “wedding cake” yachts in a harbor. The sleek and elegant superyacht Calibre concept features several exterior living areas, including a jacuzzi, swimming pools and a sundeck, as well as a large screen at the back of the vessel on the main deck.
The recreational areas facilitate a nightclub, a fully equipped spa, a gymnasium and a large aquarium. Moreover, the Beach Club hosts a submarine and a dock for JetLev jet packs, Jet Skis and sea sleds. As for the performance, she is designed to reach a maximum speed of 39 knots due to its triple MTU 20V 8000 M71L diesel engines, each delivering no less than 12,203 hp.
The 282-foot trimaran mega yacht Komorebi, named after the Japanese word “curtain of light”, is designed by French design studio VPLP. Flooded with natural light, Komorebi is a true garden on the sea. Her concept boasts an elegant styling and ultra-open layout, providing astonishing views and plenty of private areas.
Beyond the yacht’s amazing interior, Komorebi lets the owners store a small navy of water toys in superyacht’s three hulls. As for the performance, the fully automated wings of Komorebi concept are powerful enough to drive her at 15 knots with 20 knots of wind with no engine on and save at least 30% of fuel on hybrid mode in a crossing.
This aptly-named superyacht from Lobanov Design and BMT Nigel Gee is shaped like the top half of a star, measuring 162ft in length and nearly 200ft in height. Powered by eight generators, the yacht is equipped with two azimut thrusters that can be set to slowly rotate the boat over the course of the day to maximize sun exposure.
Star boasts more than 37,000 square feet of luxury interior space for guests, with a central cluster of four lifts that provide access across eight decks. With enough space for 200 people for parties, guests can arrive by helicopter and admire incredible views from a sub-marine deck and a platform at the top of the pointed tip.
Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design have presented a concept of a 180m superyacht that is designed from the middle out, challenging a traditional linear set up. First shown at the Monaco Yacht Show, “Symmetry was the most developed, detailed and designed concept yacht presented at MYS 2015” according to the design agency.
The yacht’s six decks of indulgence house a spa, a garden, a gym, and a selection of dining and bar venues. For young ones, a theater and playroom provide distraction on the Lower Deck. Aquatic amenities will include two 33-foot tenders, a 46-foot day boat, and six personal watercraft.
The new 103 meters Hawk Yachts’ explorer yacht Sea Hawk has a Polar Ice Class 6 classification. Amongst her notable key features, she has an impressive range of 12,000 nm, as well as three months storage capacity, oversized propellers and machinery that is designed to withstand ice interaction and floating debris. The yacht will be able to accommodate 36 guests and 62 crew while featuring a spa, an indoor pool, huge sauna, a gym, an ample bar and a lounge surrounded by windows and balconies.
The use of a hybrid propulsion system will allow cruising at speeds of up to 12 knots using only electricity, which makes Project Sea Hawk an eco-friendly superyacht. In addition to this, an onboard incinerator along with sewage and grey-water treatment processes will minimize environmental impact.
Ficantieri and Pininfarina introduced the 85m Ottancinque during the the course of the Monaco Yacht Show 2015. The yard wants here to achieve a high-level mix between cutting-edge technology and style. Characterized by her large aft deck space, Ottantacinque opens up the interior and exterior spaces.
The twin aft pools are flexible, and the water level can be adjusted and even emptied completely to create a large entertainment platform spanning 160 square metres. The yacht will offer accommodation for 14 guests in six double cabins and an owner’s cabin. Ottantacinque will transport a crew of 19 with her maximum speed of 18 knots and cruising range of 6000 nautical miles.
Sweden-based award winning international design studio Gray Design introduced their latest 64m megayacht Kraken, which takes its name from a mythical sea giant. Reaching a speed of 35 knots, luxury yacht concept is laid out as a catamaran and spans over four decks, including accommodation in each hull.
Inspired from their own Vapour GT supercar concept, which Gray design produced last year, Kraken comes with an 18-metre beam. The megayacht features a vast beach club, reception area at the aft, spiral staircase and large space for a helipad at the bow. The wildly raked windscreen is in fact a skylight for a large lounge on the owner’s deck and the pilot house is raised to provide fantastic visibility around the entire vessel.
Damen Group has revealed plans for a ground-breaking new superyacht that promises to be one of the first to navigate far-reaching corners of the planet. Capable of being at sea for 40 days at a time, each yacht has been designed to meet the International Maritime Organization’s new Polar Code classification (effective in 2017) required of all vessels going to extreme latitudes. As part of the compliance, Damen’s yachts will feature its patented Sea Axe bow and hull, able to cut through nearly three feet of first-year sea ice—even while traveling astern. Aiding navigation will be an enclosed crow’s nest with panoramic views, perched more than 65 feet above the water.
A Polar Class 6 certification will allow the yachts to operate in the Arctic and Antarctic during the summer and fall months. The largest yacht in the SeaXplorer line will be able to accommodate up to 30 guests throughout four decks. Amenities include an observation lounge at the bow, a skylounge on the bridge deck, an upper-deck main saloon, and numerous lavish cabins. Living quarters for the 50 crew members also fit comfortably on board.
50-metre Project Nova was unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show as the latest fast displacement hull project from Heesen, but with a twist. The yacht will see a combination of all of the yard’s space, fuel and environment-saving features in a sleek and powerful package. “Project Nova will be the world’s first FDHF motor yacht equipped with hybrid propulsion, and a perfect statement to our investments,” says the Dutch shipyard in a statement.
Set to be launched in 2017, Nova was developed in partnership with the masterminds at Van Oossanen Naval Architects and exterior styled by Omega Architects. The superyacht includes a gym with separate hammam that can be accessed both from the guest corridor and the main deck. Guests are accommodated across six staterooms, including a full beam VIP stateroom on the lower deck, as well as the owner’s stateroom alongside the main saloon on the main deck, with the upper saloon above.