UK-based design studio D-iD has revealed its 45-metre explorer yacht concept Kumu.
Designed with clean lines and a muscular appearance, Kumu will combine the ability and equipment of an explorer with the amenities of a motor yacht. Studio owners Dimitris and Kate Hadjidimos were inspired to create Kumu following a post-pandemic sailing holiday in Greece.
“We were discussing recent conversations with clients on how the days of Covid had altered their perceptions of what truly matters in life,” says Dimitris. “Like many of us, they had a renewed focus on spending time with purpose and enjoying the best things in life. Relaxing on a small boat off the Greek coast, with clear skies allowing the light to dance on the waves, Kate and I decided to design a yacht that would truly distill the essence of time spent on the water.”
To this end, long, unobstructed on-deck sightlines remove all visual and physical barriers to the surroundings, furthered by the liberal use of skylights in the master cabin and main deck guest cabins.
Owners may choose from a number of arrangements across the two-and-a-half deck layout. The yacht can be configured with five guest cabins, three crew and a permanent spa treatment room, or there’s scope to create further guest areas, crew cabins, a gym or a family room. A generous stew pantry is designed for ease of service while also providing the possibility for a family-style galley.
The yacht's design aims to cultivate a sense of togetherness, whether guests are in the water or on deck. This includes an internal and external bar which will flow, uninterrupted, from the main deck saloon to the aft deck. The sweeping main deck interior is another communal space, arranged with dining for up to 12 and a "clever use of lighting, defining spaces for intimacy without blocking the overall flow." The sun deck will span 225 square metres while two fold-down balconies will extend the beach club to 65 square metres.
Kumu will also have capacity for two tenders – a 7.5 metre on the aft deck and a 5.5 metre in the toy garage, where there is further space for diving equipment, sailing dinghies, Jet Skis and bikes.
Designed with sustainability in mind, the yacht will feature teak-deck alternatives and furniture crafted in natural materials. The engine space has also been designed with the capacity to easily install more sustainable propulsion technologies, as they develop in the future.