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M51 unveils 78m superyacht concept Vector

22 February 2023 • Written by Brooke Murphy

Design studio M51 has lifted the lid on a new 78-metre concept name Vector 78. The latest design from the studio takes inspiration from the proportions of smaller powerboats and scales it up for a large superyacht with a sporty profile.

The vessel has been conceived with an aluminium hull and superstructure, a 12.2-metre beam and a 3.2-metre draught. Unusually, the main deck is incorporated into the hull instead of the superstructure, while a walk-around bridge deck can be used for docking and fendering operations.

A beach club opens to the outside world with stern, port and starboard hull doors with a bar, lounge and jacuzzi all placed slightly above sea level. This lower deck is also planned with a gym, massage room and sauna. All external spaces are connected by external staircases, encouraging an outdoor presence while at anchor. Adjacent to the gym is the full beam tender garage which can be stocked with multiple tenders, jet skis and water toys.

A main deck aft will provide al fresco dining for up to 20 diners and is protected from the elements via the deck above. Elsewhere, options for sunbathing can be found on the bow and up on the bridge deck. A sundeck has been overlooked in favour of preserving the integrity of the low profile.

The extensive exterior area of the bridge deck lends itself to unlimited customisation options for prospective owners and could be tailored to function as a touch-and-go helipad or house swimming pool surrounded by fixed sunpads.

Vector is envisioned with guest accommodation for 12 guests in seven cabins comprising one owner's cabin, two VIP’s and four twins. The master, VIP and half of the twin cabins can be found on the main deck while the remaining cabins are located on the lower.

The interior of Vector is imagined with rich, contrasting furnishings using a combination of golden fabrics, matte black cladding and polished steel accents. Light wood panelling is detailed across shared living spaces. Thoughtful design elements such as uninterrupted glazing and fold-out balconies aft ensure the surroundings are welcoming and don't compromise the shape of the yacht.

An open-plan living area is the focal point of the main deck design. The deliberate placement of columns creates a subtle division between guest entertainment areas.

Vector 78 is designed with a hybrid-electric propulsion system and a range of 5,000-plus nautical miles.

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