British Designer Alex McDiarmid, based in the South of France, is pleased to share his latest superyacht design, the 100m motor yacht concept “Duel”. Following the international media coverage generated by 46m motor yacht Dramatic and the 85m superyacht Iwana, these new designs again push some of the boundaries in Superyacht styling.
The project sees a fresh thinking approach to the styling of a 100m Superyacht and as always, inspiration is diverse and of a non-nautical philosophy.
Duel – Ten paces, turn and fire!
Duel 100m yacht is inspired by the hand crafted duelling pistols of a by gone era.
A duel is an engagement in combat between two individuals with matched weapons and were practiced from the 11th to 20th centuries in Western societies.
More applicable to the yachting industry, battles between two warships are referred to as naval duels, especially during the ‘Age of Sail’ when such encounters were common, men were men and blowing the enemy out of the water was all in a day’s work.
The master gun makers and engravers of the day displayed their craft producing truly beautiful fire arms through their metal work, inlaying of precious metals, stones, pearls and corals through to the use of decorative shaped, turned and polished woods and veneers.
These beautifully hand crafted objects mixed the highest standards of craftsmanship and machine shop abilities of the times to give the owner a very personal product, much like owning a yacht.
The profile of yacht Duel is inspired by the siloettes of such pistols, particularly the colourful 17th – 19th Century European versions.
Notice that the profile of the yacht is low in comparison to others in her class size.
Eliminating one deck reduces weight and in turn energy/power consumption is reduced and coupled with the latest green, hybrid power technology through a Diesel Electric propulsion systems with pod drives.
The pistols hammer inspired the design of the communication tower while the deep-cut “Asprey Scroll” engravings found on some pistols were added as a little piece of artistic licence from our part.
Other details on the concept include the reintroduction of the figurehead on the bow for good luck as sailors are supposedly a superstitious breed.
(The figurehead protected the ship and inspired fear in the hearts of enemies if legends are to be believed)
Similar to panoramic roof windows on modern cars, the super structure integrates a full length panoramic roof window running over the yacht, similar in principle to our Iwana 85m but incorporating solar panel technology into the ‘smart glass’ to avoid a floating greenhouse.
Technical/Principal Characteristics of the 100m motor yacht Duel design by Alex McDiarmid
Length overall: 100m / 330′
Beam: 18m / 58′
Power and type of engines in hp and manufacturer:
4 x MTU 3600 kw or A hybrid power Diesel Electric propulsion system with pod drives, electric Voith Inline Propulsors/thrusters, Volvo Penta D16 MG gensets, Valance batteries
Cruising Speed: 15 Knots estimated
Maximum Speed: 20 Knots estimated
Berth capacity for guests: 14
Berth capacity for crew: 24
The hull is made from steel while the superstructure is in aluminium. All aluminium construction further reducing weight and therefore power consumption is under consideration also.