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This part of the site showcases news and information relating to new luxury yacht designs and design concepts as created and sent in by the large yacht designer community. Yacht design is the sometimes unheralded heart of the luxury yacht industry as this is where a large custom yacht begins her journey from conception to eventual launch and navigation.

CharterWorld keeps informed of the latest ideas, designs and technology in yachting as a pointer to where the yachting industry is heading. Some of the yacht designs in this section are general ideas or concepts that may never be built and become launched yachts whilst others have been commissioned and are currently in build or navigation.

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Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design reveals latest commission for a 78m luxury sloop

September 22, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design has revealed details on its largest project to date – a 78m/256ft sailing yacht from Project MM78.

Malcom McKeon luxury sloop concept - PROJECT MM78

Malcom McKeon luxury sloop concept – PROJECT MM78

Research and development took place over several months to create an innovative sailing yacht that incorporates the owner’s wish to have 360° views from the cockpit without the elevation of a flybridge.

MM78 will feature fully automated sailing systems that ensure that a minimal human contact is required with load-bearing sheets and the lifting keel will ensure that guests can approach closer to the shoreline.

Malcolm McKeon Yacht Designs 78m sloop - PROJECT MM78

Malcolm McKeon Yacht Designs 78m sloop – PROJECT MM78

Inside, the accommodation layout consists of 5 cabins and provides for a crew of 14. One of the outstanding features of the MM78 design is the Owner’s aft apartment, which comes complete with its own salon and dining area to cover a total area of 150m². The apartment directly accesses the extensive aft swim platform and the folding bulwarks produce a total of 100m² of outdoor lounging space.

“This is a ground-breaking concept and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to develop this design for the client. The design progressed through several evolutionary stages and now, with the final arrangement confirmed, we’re pleased to share news of this project.”

– Malcolm McKeon

PROJECT MM78 - Aft view into Owner's suite

PROJECT MM78 – Aft view into Owner’s suite

The full-beam main salon and Owner’s suite make use of floor-to-ceiling hull windows to allow guests extensive views of the natural surroundings and a skylight floods the interior with natural light for comfortable living.

The amidships lazarette layout allows for improved crew access and yacht operations and guest facilities include a 7.5m foredeck swimming pool, spa facilities and a gym.

Otam unveils highly customisable 100 HT superyacht concept

September 22, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Italian shipyard Otam has unveiled a 30m/100ft sports-style superyacht designed by Umberto Tagliavini.

Otam superyacht concept 100 HT- Designed by Umberto Tagliavini

Otam superyacht concept 100 HT- Designed by Umberto Tagliavini

Designed to provide high performance and optimised space utilisation, the layout has a generous aft cockpit that hosts the sunbathing area, outdoor lounge and an alfresco dining area for 8-10 guests. The area can be shaded by a bimini cover for guests looking to spend extended periods of time outdoors.

Profile of the 100 HT superyacht

Profile of the 100 HT superyacht

The interior can be customised by the owner and there is a choice for a home cinema or a bar within the salon while the bow area is dedicated to a formal dining area that seats up to 10 guests. To integrate the cockpit into the main salon, one door slides back and the second lowers into the bulkhead the separates the engine room and the crew quarters, resulting in a free passage way between the two guest areas.

The bow can be turned into a second outdoor space for guests and has a sunbathing area and room for up to 10 guests to dine alfresco, both of which can make use of a bimini top for all-day outdoor living. Alternatively, the bow can be turned into a touch-and-go helipad as offered by the shipyard’s customisation options.

100 HT luxury yacht - Aft view

100 HT luxury yacht – Aft view

The Owner’s suite consists of 60m² of floor space that can be designed around the Owner’s needs, and there will also be a 14m² VIP cabin is located forward and 2 twin cabins, each with their own en-suite bathrooms.

To ensure guest privacy, the crew quarters are accessed by a crew entryway. The crew quarters provides a salon, a kitchen and 2 twin berth cabins with private bathrooms. To ensure maximum efficiency and safety in running the 100 HT superyacht, the twin 2,600 hp MTU engines (which are recommended but could be changed for a more customised experience) are directly accessed from the crew quarters.

Spirit Yachts unveils largest wooden yacht concept since 1930s Shamrock V

September 20, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

At the Southampton Boat Show, British shipyard Spirit Yachts revealed its 34 metre wooden sloop concept: SPIRIT 111. Once built, she will be the largest single-masted superyacht constructed from wood since the creation of S/Y SHAMROCK V in the 1930s.

SPIRIT 111 - Concept. Image credit Spirit Yachts

SPIRIT 111 – Concept. Image credit Spirit Yachts

The eye-catching interior design of SPIRIT 111 sets her apart from most other superyachts, as every wall is curved. Due to her innovative deck arrangement, a professional crew is unnecessary to sail her, allowing her experienced owner and repeat Spirit Yachts client (who requested ‘the most beautiful yacht on the water’) a more personal sailing experience with family and friends.

SPIRIT 111 - Cockpit converts into sunbeds. Image credit - Spirit Yachts

SPIRIT 111 – Cockpit converts into sunbeds. Image credit – Spirit Yachts

SPIRIT 111 will give outstanding performance both cruising and racing by using the latest hardware and a low freeboard. The generous cockpit is designed for entertaining with guests and the two curved seating areas transform into sunbeds for economical use of the deck space. Four high-powered lithium banks allow for extended periods of cruising and enhances her green credentials, making her one of the most environmentally friendly yachts ever created.

“The Spirit 111’ is an incredibly significant project. A single-masted wooden yacht of this size that can also be owner driven is nothing less than a feat of engineering…”

SPIRIT 111 - Deck layout. Image credit Spirit Yachts

SPIRIT 111 – Deck layout. Image credit Spirit Yachts

Inside, the furnishings are moulded to create a seamless appearance. The main salon will feature a skylight for greater natural light, while the owner’s suite and forward guest cabin will make use of steamed timber to ‘cocoon’ the beds, and discreet doors and storage will ensure an uninterrupted, flowing design.

SPIRIT 111 - Owner's cabin. Image credit Spirit Yachts

SPIRIT 111 – Owner’s cabin. Image credit Spirit Yachts

The interiors will be styled by Rhoades Young, the first collaboration for the shipyard with an external design studio, and structural engineering is being completed by Spirit Yachts’s in-house naval architect and Synolo Design.

Construction began in April on the single-masted SPIRIT 111. Image credit Spirit Yachts

Construction began in April on the single-masted SPIRIT 111. Image credit Spirit Yachts

“These designs show for the first time her truly amazing classically beautiful lines; a balanced blend of timeless elegance and practicality that will quite simply wow anyone lucky enough to be on board,” Spirit CEO and head designer Sean McMillan commented on the yard’s largest build to date.

SPIRIT 111 - Salon concept. Image credit Spirit Yachts

SPIRIT 111 – Salon concept. Image credit Spirit Yachts

“The Spirit 111’ is an incredibly significant project. A single-masted wooden yacht of this size that can also be owner driven is nothing less than a feat of engineering and with an exquisite interior design, will truly be a sight to behold once on the water. I am immensely proud of the world-class boat-building team we have at Spirit, who are turning the vision of this exciting project into a reality.”

Built to RINA standards, SPIRIT 111 is currently in construction at the Spirit Yachts headquarters in Ipswich, Suffolk, and is due to launch summer 2019.

CNC and Green Yachts collaborate on Naucrates 85 project

September 19, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Design studio Green Yachts has announced Chantier Naval Chioggia (CNC) as the collaboration partner for the NAUCRATES 85, a 26.6 metre support vessel which can transform into a motor yacht with the capacity to sleep 8 guests and 4 crew members. By using a ‘special deck lock and plug system’, the superstructure can be added to for increased guest space on board.

The NAUCRATES 85 concept from design studio Green Yachts

The NAUCRATES 85 concept from design studio Green Yachts

As a support vessel, NAUCRATES 85 offers an expansive deck area that can be used for storing water toys and tenders, for transporting land-based vehicles, as a helicopter landing pad, or as an additional sunbathing platform.

The NAUCRATES 85 support vessel designed by Green Yachts

The NAUCRATES 85 support vessel designed by Green Yachts

The gunwhales fold down to provide panoramic views of the surrounding seascapes for guests to experience a greater connection with the surroundings.

An additional superstructure can be added to the NAUCRATES 85

An additional superstructure can be added to the NAUCRATES 85

The interior follows contemporary Italian design trends, using floor to ceiling windows for greater guest comfort and to truly present the natural furnishings in wood, lacquer and leather at their best.

NAUCRATES 85 - Master suite interior

NAUCRATES 85 – Master suite interior

The NAUCRATES 85 support vessel/motor yacht is a light displacement vessel at 100 GT designed with a 6.4m beam. 2 x 800 CAT engines achieve a maximum speed of 14 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots.

Icon Yachts reveals newest conversion: ‘Project Ragnar’

September 15, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Icon Yachts has announced that it will undertake the conversion of M/Y SANABORG, a 2012-built support supply vessel with ice-braking capabilities that will become a luxury expedition yacht under the codename of PROJECT RAGNAR.

The conversion will take place at the facilities in Harlingen in the Netherlands and will result in a 68m/223ft luxury explorer yacht capable of a range of 6,000 nautical miles.

The conversion from SANABORG to PROJECT RAGNAR

The conversion from SANABORG to PROJECT RAGNAR

Redman Whiteley Dixon has created several concepts for the exterior styling and PROJECT RAGNAR will feature a Certified ICE Class A1 hull, plus ICE Class PC5 rated electric driven ice pods and will be LY3 class compliant.

The space currently occupied by tanks will be converted into living spaces, with room for a Jacuzzi and a swimming pool while still leaving room for storage of tenders and toys. She is currently planned to have a helicopter, a Sea Explorer submarine and even a luxury Ripsaw EV2 on board.

Once completed, PROJECT RAGNAR’s luxury facilities will include a massage room, sauna, gym, an ice pool and a snow room along with a spacious main salon and extensive outdoor living spaces.

The luxury Ripsaw EV2 tank

The luxury Ripsaw EV2 tank

Following the rebuild of the 1974 superyacht LEGEND (ex.GIANT), Icon Yachts has received countless enquiries for conversion projects. More information on the conversion of SANABORG into PROJECT RAGNAR will emerge at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Oceania Interiors named designers for motorised catamaran The Beast

September 01, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Oceania Interiors, a part of the Oceania Marine Shipyard, has been commissioned to complete the interiors for 39m/128ft catamaran motor yacht THE BEAST, which will be built by Profab Engineering in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Expedition catamaran THE BEAST - To be built by Profab Engineering, New Zealand

Expedition catamaran THE BEAST – To be built by Profab Engineering, New Zealand

THE BEAST is to be built for superyacht owners Sir Michael and Lady Christine Hill, who have been collaborating with Oceania Interiors and Profab Engineering to design a modern and uncluttered layout throughout the decks.

Interior structures such as the bulkheads, overhead grids and outboard linings are currently being developed in 3D, after which they will be CNC cut for seamless integration. The systems are designed into the joinery to ensure that minimal rework is required on-site.

Motor yacht THE BEAST - Oceania Interiors will design, manufacture and install her living spaces

Motor yacht THE BEAST – Oceania Interiors will design, manufacture and install her living spaces

3D parametric modelling is used to produce each interior piece, which is inserted into a fully modelled structural envelope to ensure a perfect fit before any material is cut.

The delivery date for 495 GRT superyacht THE BEAST is expected within the next two years.

Vripack unveils new MCP 120 luxury yacht concept

August 31, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Vripack has revealed details about its latest collaboration – the MCP 120 – with Brazilian shipyard MCP Yachts. Designed for a South American owner with a large family, the 36.5m/120ft luxury yacht is comprised of an unusual layout to ensure optimal space usage enhanced by the natural environment.

MCP 120 - Naval architecture by Vripack for MCP Yachts

MCP 120 – Naval architecture by Vripack for MCP Yachts

“Creating maximum space value on a 120’er required a creative approach to space planning” said Bart Bouwhuis, Creative Director at Vripack. “A very energetic co-creation process between the Owner, MCP and our team lead to a perfectly sensible yet highly unconventional layout. ”

The main deck contains the Owners’ stateroom and two guest suites, while the lower deck is home to the two VIP staterooms. The upper deck has a forward lounge with an asymmetrical balcony for family privacy, while the aft interior is also a communal space and leads out onto the expansive outdoor deck area.

“We are known for our high-quality aluminum semi-planning yachts” MCP President and CEO Manoel Chaves commented. “Vripack designed a new hull which allows for very high level of comfort even in rougher weather while maintaining her semi planning characteristics. This will give the family a long reach of sailing destination within a shorter time while they all enjoy wonderful valuable family moments on board.

Concept design of the MCP 120 superyacht from Vripack and MCP Yachts

Concept design of the MCP 120 superyacht from Vripack and MCP Yachts

“The result of this design identifies clearly why I wanted Vripack to work creatively, side by side with us, for at least the next seven or seventy times seven years. Their Award Winning Holistic team of 80 with over 7000 ships under their belt since 1961 and a hawk-eye focus on their ‘Better Boats in Less Time’ pledge makes them a highly capable addition to our own skilled team”.

The MCP 120 will achieve a range of 3,500 nautical miles using 2 x CAT C32 Acerts 1.925 mHP engines, allowing for a long range speed of almost 11 knots and a top speed of 21 knots. Sleeping 11 guests over 5 cabins, there will also be 4 crew cabins to accommodate a crew of 8.

Amels introduces the Limited Editions 206

August 31, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

To follow up on the popularity of the Limited Edition 199 line, Amels has added a new 63m/206ft hull to its Limited Editions superyacht series.

Amels unveils a 63m/206ft concept for its Limited Editions series

Amels unveils a 63m/206ft concept for its Limited Editions series

Tim Heywood is providing the exterior styling for the latest version, as he has done in the past for such Limited Edition 199 superyachts Madame Kate and Event.

Both the swim platform and the beach club benefit from the additional metres, while the sundeck also receives elongation to increase the sunbathing area with aft sunpads and a generous forward spa pool.

The Limited Editions 206 concept from Amels

The Limited Editions 206 concept from Amels

Among her other features is a climate-controlled skylounge, fully enclosed for guest comfort and offering perfect vistas to observe the seascape and beyond. Diners on the main deck will benefit from port and starboard balconies that increase the natural light of the interior, as well as providing fresh air, impressive views and a place to sit and relax after the meal.

The Limited Editions 206 is designed to accommodate 12 guests over 6 suites, located on the bridge deck and lower deck. Suites located on the latter deck will have the advantage of direct access to the spacious beach club.

Specifications:

  • L.O.A 62.4m/204ft
  • Beam 10.3m/34ft
  • Draft 3.55m/11.65ft
  • Exterior Designer Tim Heywood
  • Interior Designer Owner’s preference
  • Naval Architecture Amels
  • Max. speed 16.5 knots
  • Cruising speed 13 knots
  • Range 5,000nm
  • Guests 12
  • Cabins 6
  • Crew 13 + captain

Baltic Yachts announces build of custom 112 superyacht

August 17, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Baltic Yachts is currently constructing a custom sailing yacht of 34m/112ft from a design by Malcolm McKeon.

Baltic Yachts has revealed it is working on a Custom 112 sailing yacht

Baltic Yachts has revealed it is working on a Custom 112 sailing yacht

Among her features is a telescopic lifting keel and a top mainsail as part of a powerful sail setup, designed for an experienced owner looking for a combination of open seas stability and competitive performance for future regattas. Once completed, she will have a beam of nearly 8m/26ft and and a draft of 4m/13ft.

Adam Lay Studio will take care of her interior design, within which there are 4 guest cabins consisting of 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom and 2 other guest cabins, while the crew quarters will sleep up to 3.

The launch date for the custom 112 sailing yacht is expected in spring 2019.

MC155 – The new Trimaran concept from Design Unlimited

August 17, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Design Unlimited have worked in conjunction with McConaghy Boats and German Frers to create a 47m/154ft trimaran design ‘pre-engineered, developed and ready for construction’.

Luxury trimaran MC155 - A Design Unlimited collaboration

Luxury trimaran MC155 – A Design Unlimited collaboration

German Frers was responsible by the exterior styling and naval architecture, while Design Unlimited have produced the interior. The engineering for all on-board systems has been taken care of by McConaghy Boats and composite engineering will be completed by Pure Design.

Superyacht MC155 - Main deck aft concept

Superyacht MC155 – Main deck aft concept

The main deck salon has a 11m/36ft beam and is connected to a spacious exterior aft deck, where the large outdoor area features a pool, a bar and an extensive choice of seating. The transom lowers to become a spacious swim platform, offering easy access in and out of the water and an excellent sunbathing spot.

Luxury yacht MC155 - Master suite located on the upper deck

Luxury yacht MC155 – Master suite located on the upper deck

The owner’s suite will also have a walk-in wardrobe, an en-suite bathroom and a gym. Its upper deck location has the additional benefit of leading out onto a spacious private aft that can be used as a helipad.

Trimaran MC155 - Formal dining area concept

Trimaran MC155 – Formal dining area concept

Tank test results show that the MC155 will have reduced running and maintenance costs due to its low resistance. She will be capable of a top speed of 24 knots and have a range of 2,500 nautical miles while cruising at 14 knots.