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Drawing board: the latest standout superyacht concepts

3 November 2023 • Written by Dea Jusufi

Superyacht concepts come in all shapes and sizes – radical, ordinary, revolutionary and bizarre. From hardy explorers to coastal cruisers, BOAT International rounds up the latest list of standout designs from the industry...


Length: 83m
Designer: Feadship, Studio De Voogt

Dunes' unconventional design (meant to mimic undulating waves of sand) is paired with eco-minded features that include a signature cooling mast design, extra-capacity storage batteries, a new type of fuel cell and a radical propulsor. According to the shipyard, if built Dunes would eliminate up to 95 per cent of the potential negative environmental factors associated with operating a superyacht.

Read More/Feadship debuts 83m green-minded concept Dunes at the Monaco Yacht Show

Project Stardust

Length: 63m
Designer: Tankoa Yachts, Giuseppina Arena, Abbasli Design Studio

This celestial concept was unveiled at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with the help of yachting influencer Denis Suka (also known as The Yacht Mogul). Tankoa has explained that by night, the yacht's exterior decks are illuminated by a collection of twinkling lights that turn the yacht into an "interstellar spaceship". Another unique feature is the observation deck-crow's nest hybrid, which creates an open-air setting for enjoying while underway or at anchor.

Read More/First interior renderings of Tankoa's 63m Project Stardust revealed

Project Pegasus

Length: 88m
Designer: Jozeph Forakis, Lateral Naval Architects

Pegasus was presented by Jozeph Forakis as the world’s first 3D-printed superyacht. Conceived as a zero-emission design, the yacht has been dubbed “virtually invisible” in both its profile and environmental impact. Mirrored glass and a tiered superstructure allow the vessel to blend in with the surrounding landscape, while the interior centres around a multi-level “Tree of Life” hydroponic garden, designed to provide guests with fresh food and air purification. It is now for sale with Denison Yachting.

Read More/Jozeph Forakis teams up with Lateral Naval Architects on 88m project Pegasus


Length: 80m
Designer: Bassan&Benedetti, McFarlane ShipDesign

Guided by the principle that "form follows function", Kestrel is a yacht conversion concept that pays respect to the original hull with both a minimalist and cost-effective design. The proposed donor vessel would have a 1C ice-class hull. All equipment and engineering would be preserved, while the "new blocks" of Kestrel would be built dependent on the owner. Within the hull is a 100-square-metre wellness area equipped with gym, spa, cinema and a 125-square-metre toys hangar.

Read More/Bassan&Benedetti reveals 80m converted explorer Kestrel


Length: 65m
Designer: Golden Yachts, Phathom Studio

Vesper's configuration and continuous link between decks aims to create a yacht "more akin to an architectural residence than a typical 65 metre superyacht". This is realised most clearly in the owner's cabin, which spans a two-level apartment and includes a his-and-hers en suite, a wardrobe and a large open-connect lounge with an adjoining study. Pantograph doors lead to a private balcony with an infinity-edged spa pool, rock water wall and an outdoor lounge area.

Read More/Golden Yachts teams up with Phathom Studio to reveal 65m concept Vesper


Length: 80m
Designer: Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design

This ready-to-build superyacht proposal focuses on maximizing onboard space within the yacht’s slim, limited structure. Open-plan, flexible layouts prevail, seen best in the beach club which has head heights of three metres, fold-down terraces and integrated sliding glass partitions. The Dutch studio has a number of award-winning yachts in its portfolio, including the 60-metre Heesen yacht Lusine and the 77.2-metre Pi.

Read More/Sinot reveals 80m concept Aware


Length: 93m
Designer: Daroca Design, Bolidt

Central to this minimalist design is Bolidt's synthetic decking as a sustainable alternative to traditional materials. The new material is said to offer "unlimited design possibilities" – but for this concept, Bolidt has created two distinct flooring patterns that it hopes will showcase the product's adaptability "in even the most demanding design scenarios".

Read More/Daroca Design and Bolidt partner on 93m superyacht concept Waves


Length: 58m
Designer: DRIFT Energy, ShadowCAT

Short for "Most Valuable Yacht" (referring to its green credentials), this megawatt-class support vessel will be capable of generating, storing and delivering energy by itself. Turbines will capture the kinetic energy of the vessel and store it onboard as "green hydrogen", to be later offloaded at a designated port. According to the company, this concept has the potential to abate a gigatonne of CO2 by 2050.

Read More/DRIFT Energy reveals 58m "true green" sailing catamaran MVY

Grand Explorer

Length: 72m
Designer: OCEA Yachts, Vitruvius

Grand Explorer benefits from the same calculations, simulations and silhouette as the shipyard's patrol vessel range, the OPV 230. Designed with OCEA patented Arch Bows structural tanks, the yacht is reinforced from the top and better able to integrate large openings. "We’re demanding that these boats be fast, seaworthy in any weather, and comfortable for long missions," explained head of OCEA R&D department Vincent Guilbault. 

Read More/OCEA Yachts reveals 72m Grand Explorer concept


Length: 63.9m
Designer: Icon Yachts, Bernd Weel Design

This rugged, SUV-inspired concept has an innovative design that centres around modular containers, able to be altered and adapted according to use – carrying anything from scientific research equipment to surplus water toys and tenders. The explorer would also be capable of stowing six tenders and RIBS, plus a submersible for three passengers and an Airbus H130.

Read More/Icon Yachts reveals interiors of 64m superyacht concept Mission

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