Lobanov Design has teamed up with Oceanco to present a new 88 metre sailing yacht concept called Double Luck or 八+八. Meaning "88" in Mandarin Chinese, the project has been named as a nod to the significance of the number eight in Chinese numerology.
Double Luck features naval architecture by Oceanco and Dykstra Naval Architects and features Oceanco's emission-cutting LIFE Design and a Dykstra DynaRig sailing system, alongside Oceanco’s pioneering power regeneration system as first installed on 107 metre Black Pearl.
According to Oceanco, the superyacht would be capable of decreasing fossil fuel usage by up 30 per cent while cruising in silence. The sailing system can be handled by a single crewmember and could be fully executed within six minutes.
The yacht's exterior design centres around a bow with a slight reverse, a smooth sheer line and long curving lines with minimal sharp edges. Lobanov has borrowed elements of classic car design to give Double Luck her distinct profile, with the superstructure styled as a cockpit. The design team has envisioned the yacht with two colour schemes: Black with copper details or white with yellow gold details.
Rather than design the yacht around the masts, Lobanov has opted to use the masts as key focal points. The forward mast, for example, is integrated into a Zen garden. Highlights of the sailing yacht concept include a large aft deck swimming pool, unfolding sea terraces in the beach club and a two-deck winter garden.
The yacht's interior has been inspired by Zen design. Soft shapes, flowing lines and organic materials feature throughout, with a strong focus on merging indoor and outdoor spaces and allowing plenty of natural light into the interior.
"The silence, the balance, and the connection with the nature surrounding is a very important part of sailing," explained Lobanov. "It's something that has to be considered when you want to design a sailing yacht."
The design ethos "has to be very clear and understandable, in order to give the guests the sensation of control, which will bring the feeling of relaxation and tranquility," Lobanov went on. "That is why we didn't want to hide the stairs or to have fixed furniture blocking the flow through the yacht."
“It was a great meeting of minds to create this design with Igor Lobanov and the Dykstra team,” commented Marcel Onkenhout, Oceanco's CEO. “We have a shared vision for superyachts that reflect how our clients want to live now and in the future. Which aligns perfectly with our Oceanco NXT initiative. It’s important to keep evolving the conversation, both in terms of sustainability as well as the lifestyles we can offer onboard.”