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74m 'flying' yacht concept Plectrum revealed by Lazzarini Design Studio

23 January 2023• Written by Brooke Murphy

A 74 metre concept foiling yacht called Plectrum has been revealed by Italian studio Lazzarini Design Studio

The design takes inspiration from the more contemporary America’s Cup sailboats - specifically the Luna Rossa design- and would be the largest example of foiling technology installed on a yacht. Top speed would be an impressive 75 knots and the yacht would be constructed entirely in carbon. 

The foiling superyacht was designed to reach her impressive top speeds by “flying over the waterline.” Instead of being pushed by the wind, Plectrum is lifted above the water and moves via propulsion from three hydrogen-powered motors capable of 5,000hp each.

Her hydrofoil technology has been envisioned with an adjustable beam of up to 20 metres that can be reduced to 15 metres when the yacht is berthed or at anchor. The draught would be 6.5 metres.

Finished in a striking burnt orange shade, Plectrum’s exterior design is defined by a smooth, streamlined silhouette with flat arched sides that form the side decks and garage openings.

The yacht's living spaces are split across four decks, with the main body offering six guest cabins and an owner's suite. Preliminary renderings also boast a helipad located on the bow and a large beach club on the aft complete with a pool. There is amidships storage for tenders, plus a garage at the stern for a car. 

Past design inspiration has been said to include the US’s first hydrofoil ship USS Plainview, which was launched in 1965.

Lazzarini has a number of head-turning designs in its portfolio, including the 169 metre Sovrano and an 150m airship-style superyacht concept powered by helium gas.