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Alexander McDiarmid Design reveals 105 metre GWP-345 concept inspired by Atlantic crossing record holder

19 October 2022 • Written by Brooke Murphy

Alexander McDiarmid Design has released designs for a 105 metre project named GWP-345 for Ghost Yachts, which is inspired by the “engineering prowess” of the Blue Riband record holder Destriero.

The concept by the British designer, who is now based in the South of France, marks his second collaboration with Ghost Yachts after the duo revealed an 80 metre superyacht project named G250 last year. Similarly to the G520 the new concept features a V, wave-piercing hull and reverse bow but on a larger platform.

McDiarmid explained that he was inspired by 13 metre Destriero, which in 1992 made the crossing from New York to the British Isles of Scilly in a record breaking time of  58 hours, 34 minutes and 50 seconds.

“We don't intend to replicate such a record breaking yacht, but rather honour the engineering prowess, long-range capability and sustainable high speed of the original,” explained McDiarmid. “Based on an extrapolated version of the Ghost G250 platform, we looked into the possibilities for a more efficient high-speed propulsion solution combined with increased levels of circularity and sustainability.”

Built with an aluminium hull and a reinforced carbon superstructure, the design is intentionally lightweight with a low drag to improve fuel efficiency and cruising speeds.

The project’s interior accommodates five VIP guest cabins and a full beam owner's suite, which are all located on the main deck.  The idea behind this is so that the owner and guests can “enjoy easy access and circulation throughout the entire main deck”.

A focal point of the yacht is the main saloon, where floor-to-ceiling glazing runs the full length. The main dining area also has port and starboard balconies to add to the ambiance. 

Aft of the main deck is a swimming pool, which sits above a beach club that incorporates a wellness area. A helipad is located on the foredeck and the sundeck, which has a Jacuzzi and bar,is protected from the elements by a semi-rigid, motorised canopy.

The sunken foredeck, also has a motorised canopy to create a shaded exterior lounge, and can accommodate two 10 metre tenders, accessible by a hidden crane.

"The GWP is the concept that we simply had to do,” commented Björn Moonen of Ghost Yachts. “We explored the limits of what's possible with today's technology and construction methods without sacrificing comfort and practicality.”

Alexander McDiarmid Design recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and has expanded its services with the addition of an aviation design service. New designs for Ghost Yachts, including a G65 and G30, are also on the drawing board.

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