The freshest new superyacht concepts for 2018 and beyond

Dragonfly

What is it?

Claydon Reeves’ 52 metre raised pilothouse sailing yacht design that uses organic curves in carbon and glass to mimic the compound eyes of a dragonfly.

Why we love it

It’s more than a (very) pretty hull. Sparked by an enquiry from a collector of modern sculpture, Dragonfly was developed from Claydon Reeves’ 46 metre Exo sailing yacht concept with Dykstra Naval Architects — the masters of making fantastical designs buildable. The main load bearing elements of the yacht would be built from a carbon monocoque space frame, like a modern motorbike, allowing for massive areas of glass. The light-flooded interior includes a split-level saloon and a beach club with a pop-out bathing platform.

50m Explorer

What is it?

A ten-guest, world-roaming concept from Design Unlimited, distinguished by its spectacular winter garden.

Why we love it

The forward portion of the main deck is given over to an owner’s suite lounge, with floor to ceiling glass on both sides and a retractable glass roof. The feeling of the environment ushered inside — particularly apt given the yacht’s raison d’etre as an explorer — is enhanced with a spa pool in this space, and green walls both here and in the similarly light filled saloon. The design is envisioned with hybrid propulsion and a 3,200 nautical mile range at 14 knots.

Tuhura

What is it?

An elegant superyacht design inspired by an ancient Polynesian canoe, this 115 metre is the latest brainwave from the team that brought us Jubilee – namely Igor Lobanov and Oceanco — while Achille Salvagni conceived the interiors.

Why we love it

Lobanov is renowned for his out-there exteriors and he certainly hasn’t held back here, with a dramatically curved bow and transom, as well as trick windows consisting of tiny dots that allow views out, but stop prying eyes from seeing in. Salvagni’s achingly cool interior adds another layer of intrigue — who else would have thought to fit teak stalagmites in the upper saloon?

Otam 85GTS

What is it?

A supercar-inspired take on the 26 metre Otam fast planing yacht collection, by design duo Alessio Riccobaldi and Niccolò Pasquini, aka R+P Architecture.

Why we love it

Gullwing windows over the helm are guaranteed to turn heads wherever you cruise. When closed they allow for spectacular views at speeds of up to 45 knots, but when the anchor’s down and the windows are open, a seamless indoor-outdoor layout, with sunpads and sofas aplenty, really comes into its own.

Ganimede

What is it?

The latest design from the fast-rising Milanese studio, Ganimede takes Hot Lab’s fresh ideas up a gear with 113 metres of Fincantieri form and function to play with.

Why we love it

Water babies won’t be left wanting more — Ganimede boasts four pools, with the pick of the bunch taking pride of place in the 20 metre long beach club, where it is surrounded by the kind of architectural flourishes that you might expect to find in an art deco mansion.

ISA GT50

What is it?

Born of the recently forged partnership between ISA Yachts and Team For Design Enrico Gobbi, this design is a glimpse at the next generation of the yard’s successful GT collection.

Why we love it

Every inch as sporty as the cars that share those famous initials, the GT50 is described as a “coupé of the sea” — a title reflected in its gently curved foredeck and sweeping superstructure arch. But the star of the show is undoubtedly the glass-sided spa pool, situated just above the beach club and guaranteed to catch the eye of anyone stepping on board.

Rosetti Superyachts 48m EXP

What is it?

The Italian commercial yard’s determined push into the superyacht sector continues with this new sub-500GT globetrotter.

Why we love it

The exterior balances dynamic lines, penned by Tommaso Spadolini, with a reassuring sense of ruggedness, backed up by a transatlantic range at ten knots. Inside, contrasting light and dark elements in both the woodwork and the soft furnishings form the basis of a chic decorative palette. This theme starts in the saloon and is carried through to all five of the guest cabins.

Seablade

What is it?

A conceptual design by J David Weiss of Designova Creative, the Seablade series was born of a discussion with a client seeking a yacht below 500GT with expansive main deck space.

Why we love it

Beauty is built right into this concept, which explores simplicity of form translated in particular into an “S” profile from the top of the wheelhouse to the stern. The design could be lengthened far beyond the 50 metre limit normally associated with the 500GT threshold without tipping the scale.

ER175

What is it?

The next step in the Gotham Project by ER Yacht Design, for Dutch builder Icon and broker Bristow-Holmes, is the ER175 — a conceptual design for a 53 metre yacht with a total interior volume of less than 500GT.

Why we love it

Its confident, aggressive looks are attention-grabbing but it’s the aluminum yacht’s potential capabilities that really appeal — a possible top speed of 20 to 25 knots but also transatlantic range. Under Ivan Erdevicki’s signature winged mast are three full decks plus a flybridge, all aptly concealed within the ER175’s futuristic styling. Optional features include a pool and helipad.

Burger 105

What is it?

A Luiz de Basto explorer yacht concept for the Burger Boat Company, the 105 Explorer is based on the recently delivered 31 metre Northland, also by de Basto.

Why we love it

The vertical bow and geometric lines give this yacht the tough looks of a go-anywhere explorer and allow for up to five cabins, including a main-deck master suite. The bathing platform expands with foldable sides, creating a great staging area for tenders and toys or even a meal by the water’s edge. At just 32 metres overall, this explorer packs a lot into a manageable size.

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