Canadian designer Ivan Erdevicki has penned a bullet-shaped 53.3m fast cruising yacht aimed at a new generation of high net worth individuals who want ‘more power, speed and exhilarating performance’.
The designer teamed up with Icon Yachts of Harlingen, the Netherlands for the concept analysis of the ICON ER175. The semi-displacement, aluminium yacht is designed for fast, short crossings in the Mediterranean and Caribbean but also, at cruising speed, for safe transatlantic passages with minimal fuel consumption. A full-displacement steel and aluminium version with smaller engines and a projected speed of 16 knots could also be built, offering a transatlantic range without the fast boat potential. Both versions offer the same futuristic lines and ample deck space.
‘You either like the design or you don’t,’ says Erdevicki. ‘It is so eye-catching one has to decide instantly, no options are left in between. So far 99 per cent of gut reactions have been definitely complementary.’
The layout is designed with guests and owner privacy in mind, and crew have been carefully routed to keep their activities separate. There is a large party or sunbathing space on the upper deck, with a spa pool and open air dining table, and on the lower deck a permanent beach club. The flybridge was included to offer those who want it the feeling of ‘controlling a powerful beast’, as Erdevicki puts it.
There is a full beam owner's cabin on the main deck separated from all other accommodation, a generous galley leading into the dining area and spacious saloon with bar opening on to a veranda large enough to accommodate all guests and additional day visitors when required.
Four or five full size guest suites are located on the lower deck with direct access to the main deck and separated from the crew quarters with their own lounge and access to the upper decks.