Grand designs: The Most Extreme Superyacht Concepts in the World
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Avanguardia

Superyacht concepts come in all shapes and sizes, from evolutionary designs that subtly push the envelope to much more radical ideas that boldly challenge the orthodoxy. BOAT rounds up some of the most out-there ideas from around the world...

Freshly revealed by Lazzarini Design is the 137 metre swan-inspired superyacht concept Avanguardia. Named after its English meaning of ‘vanguard', the concept features an extendable control tower resembling the head of a swan. The control tower/ bridge, which is used to operate the yacht, is moved by an extendable crane. The head can even be detached from the yacht entirely and used as a separate 16 metre boat. Spread across five decks, Avanguardia accommodates 24 guests, 10 crew and 12 staff.

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Project Galileo²

Freshly revealed by Beiderbeck Designs, this 200 metre project is intended to “shift the limits of what is feasible”. The catamaran features a methanol propulsion system and will “pioneer geothermal energy” in yachting, the studio said. Key features include a fold-down restaurant and harbour area with an 80 metre pier and all the facilities of a fully equipped marina. Project Galileo² features storage for up to 25 tenders, submersibles and toys and boasts an outdoor cinema, hospital and 500 square metre pool. Accommodation on board is for a total of 38 guests and 75 crew.

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Solis

Penned inside and out by Ricky Smith Designs, this futuristic 80 metre superyacht concept Solis features curvaceous styling and a sleek superstructure constructed from aluminium and carbon fibre. Electrically powered, Solis features numerous integrated panels in the vast overhead canopy on the sun deck, which also features a spa pool, sports terrace, sports bar and brasserie. Elsewhere, there is an “aero foil shaped helipad” on the upper deck aft and a 75 square metre balcony overlooking the swimming platform on the main deck.

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Codecasa Jet 2020

Codecasa's futuristic 70 metre aircraft inspired superyacht design, the Codecasa Jet 2020 is packed with stylistic features “borrowed” from the world of aviation design, including a sundeck that extends aft to recall “the tail of an aircraft”. Additional inspiration is present in the yacht’s air inlets, which are designed to recall a jet engine, and radar antennas inside carbon fibre domes replicating those on AWACS airplanes. Other features include “huge exterior and interior spaces”, swimming pool and covered gym.

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Project L

Fresh from the boards of French designer Thierry Gaugain is the “ultra-modern” 120 metre superyacht concept Project L. Inspired by the “smooth form of a beach pebble”, Project L can be fully opened for a direct connection to the ocean. Powered by a diesel-electric hybrid propulsion package, Project L is designed to “glide” through the water. Futuristic features include the likes of a high-tech underwater media room, drive-in tender garage and submarine escape pod.

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Fata Morgana

This radical 70 metre concept from Monaco designer George Lucian aims to raise awareness of climate change in the Arctic. Named Fata Morgana, the explorer concept is equipped with an Ice Class hull and designed to sail and charter in the arctic regions. Key features include a bow inspired by a snowy rock foundation, outdoor swimming pool, sky observatory and helipad. Designed to be ultra-low emission, Fata Morgana will be equipped with devices capable of monitoring and instantly transmitting the ocean’s temperature. Accommodation on board would be for a total of 12 guests and 18 crew members.

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Hypnosquid

Like its curious name, Roberto Curtó’s 63.2 metre Hypnosquid also has a unique design. When planning the yacht's exterior with SuperYachtsMonaco, Curtó was inspired by the shape of a cuttlefish and the creature’s ‘elegant, fast and agile’ nature under water. One key exterior design feature is the line of LED coloured windows, which represent the cuttlefish's eyes and punctuate the main deck.

Hypnosquid, which has room for 10 guests and 12 crew, also includes an onboard garden, massage centre and cinema room. Special touches include the Jacuzzi’s waterfall feature and the dining area, where guests can watch the chef at work in the galley during their meal.

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Elyon

The largest design yet from husband and wife team Demetrius and Dana Tanase (aka Expleo Design), 110 metre Elyon has a simple yet ambitious motto: "Aim for the highest". This approach is reflected in the concept's multitude of on-board features, with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa, gym and wellness area, and even a casino room.

The striking exterior was inspired by calm waves and features a dramatically sloped reverse bow. Accommodation is for up to 30 guests and the hull has been designed to achieve a top speed of 18 knots.

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Wind Motion

French naval architect Mathis Rühl has released a new 70 metre trimaran superyacht concept called Wind Motion. As with his previous R77 sailing yacht concept, the key innovation lies in the rig, which features a multiple rotating twin wingmast fitted with foldable sails. Fully automated, this system would provide the yacht’s main propulsion even in medium wind conditions.

Unlike the R77, Wind Motion features a central pivot point that supports two spars, reducing weight and vibrations, increasing the aerodynamic efficiency and freeing up more deck space. What’s more, Rühl explains that the rig could be fitted with wind turbines that would charge the yacht’s batteries when resting at anchor.

Functionality aside, Wind Motion boasts a striking aesthetic with a reverse-angled wave-piercing prow and a curved superstructure inlaid with glass panels. Al fresco relaxation options are plentiful with space for sunloungers on both the foredeck and the aft deck, while the superyacht sundeck features a central skylounge surrounded by teak. Further details are being kept under wraps for now with no word on the internal layout, engine installation or total guest capacity.

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Caronte

Inspired by 17th century pirate ships, 58 metre Caronte is the latest bold concept from the boards of Italian studio Lazzarini Design. The imposing bulwarks tower six metres above the waterline, allowing for huge interior volume, with room for two luxury cars to be stored in the aft garage.

Moving up to the main deck, the dining area includes a rectangular table with room for ten guests to enjoy a meal together. Other key features include an upper deck helipad, a 4.5 metre spa pool and a superyacht gym concealed in the forepeak. The feasibility of such a concept is up for debate, but for anyone who wants to get in touch with their inner pirate, this divisive yacht design takes some beating.

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