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Vripack Reveals 66 Metre Fossil Fuel Free Superyacht Concept Futura

2020-05-21By Miranda Blazeby

Dutch design studio Vripack has revealed a new 66 metre fossil fuel free superyacht concept named Futura.

Inspired by “wildlife’s innate ability to freely propel through air and water”, the superyacht’s exterior is “slender, efficient and a third of the height of a comparable 66 metre yacht,” Vripack said.

Vripack also highlighted the yacht’s “flowing and curvaceous lines” which “denote an elegant femininity”. Elsewhere, the features a “cocoon-like superstructure”.

Co-creative director Marnix Hoekstra said: “The superstructure, with its egg shape sliced onto a beautiful slender hull, is a concept that has been maturing in our minds for over a decade.

"Used with a biometric way of structuring, the result is lighter than traditional shipbuilding methods and something that is aesthetically beautiful, too.”

Inside, the concept features an “ergonomic flow”, with a loft-style split mezzanine configuration, large expanses of glass and Vripack’s signature “shadow versus light” interior design. Key interior features include modular furniture and a large 20-person dining area.

During a virtual press conference, Hoekstra revealed concept is aimed towards “a bit of a younger audience”, resulting in a full DJ booth in the upper deck observation area. Elsewhere, the yacht also features a helipad, large swimming pool and whirlpool.

Visibility and ocean views are also a key concern. Speaking about this, co-creative director Bart Bouwhuis said: “We have taken great care over visibility from every position of the boat regardless of whether it’s from the outside to the inside or the inside to the outside or of another deck.”

This resulted in a “big crystal palace of glass” at the top of the hull, a “statement piece” that allows guests to “see everything on the boat,” Bouwhuis said.

He added: “In practice, this means that everybody on Futura can be doing their own thing, but you’ve still got this consciousness of where your family and friends are.”

Accommodation on board is for a total of 12 guests in six “beautiful, ample staterooms”, Hoekstra said, with direct access to the spa and beach club.

Propulsion meanwhile is focused solely on sustainability. Described as “electric-diesel with a difference”, Futura is capable of running solely on blue diesel – a Finnish biofuel made from food waste. Blue diesel is already in use in the trucking industry, Hoekstra revealed.

The yacht is also equipped with “bio-based batteries made from salt, sand, water and plants,” making them 100% biodegradable.

Speaking about the sustainability of the design, Hoekstra added: “It’s up to us and our colleagues to design these vessels in a way that makes sustainability in their nature.”

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