A concept yacht is a design for a luxury vessel that is not currently in production and is typically created by a yacht designer as a way to showcase their creativity vision for the future of yachting. They can range from radical and futuristic designs to more subtle variations on traditional yacht designs and usually feature the latest in technology, materials, and engineering to push the boundaries of what is possible in terms of speed, efficiency, and luxury.
While many concept yachts are created every year, only a small fraction of them actually get built, largely only if the design generates enough interest and funding. However, even if a concept yacht is not built, it can still have a significant impact on the industry by inspiring new design ideas, influencing trends, and driving innovation.
Here we take a look at three recent concept yachts penned by some of the industries most innovative designers.
Concept sailing yacht DOUBLE LUCK
From the design studio Lobanov Design in association with Oceanco and Dykstra Naval Architects comes the 88m sailing yacht DOUBLE LUCK which translates as 88 in Chinese (the number 8 is significant in Chinese numerology).
The yacht would be capable of decreasing fossil fuel usage by up to 30% and can cruise in complete silence while the sail system can be handled by a single crew member and fully extended in under 6 minutes. The exterior design centres around the masts which create key focal points such as a zen garden at the base of the forward mast. Fold out decks, a swimming pool and beach club plus a two deck winter garden connect the yacht with the surrounding nature, as intended by the designers.
The interior features organic materials to create soft flowing lines and the focus is on introducing plenty of natural light and connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces.
Sailing yacht DOUBLE LUCK is the third collaboration from this team and follows 110m super yacht KAOS and 85.5m super yacht AMORE VERO.
105m superyacht concept 5Th ELEMENT
Superyacht 5TH ELEMENT is more than a yacht concept, but a lifestyle created by Theodoros Fotiadis Design with a focus on nature and wellbeing which reflects the five natural elements.
Endless glass walls reflect the other natural materials in use throughout while a private swimming pool, endless deck spaces and views create a real sense of connection with the water.
The main salon is the focal point of the concept and presents as a huge sociable space at the heart of the yacht featuring a serene interior made from natural materials in wonderful curved shapes.
Francesco Struglia unveils superyacht concept
Still in development this is a preview which hints at an impressive 61m superyacht design with a 1,000 GT volume, contemporary architecture and asymmetric layout to increase the usable space for guests. With a 10.4 beam there is huge breadth for the salon, spa area, swimming pool and beach club. There is even a consideration for a retractable roof on the top deck wheelhouse.
It is believed the accommodation will be for up to 12 guests and feature a private owners deck which these days are a must on any super yacht.
We can’t predict if any of these concepts will result in a finished yacht, but the focus on sustainability, use of natural materials and enhanced connection with the water will no doubt feature in designs from yacht builders in the not too distant future. Visit our website for a comprehensive list of super yachts, both concept and reality plus guides to chartering in locations all over the world.