‘AVANGUARDIA’, meaning ‘vanguard’ in English, is the latest luxury yacht concept from Italian designer Lazzarini – and certainly one of the most original.
The swan-like appearance of this 137m/449ft concept is due in part to the sweeping superstructure curves that emulate the body and wings of the iconic bird, but most innovative is the forward ‘neck’ and the control tower at its end, which itself looks like the head of a swan nestled into the body while cruising. This isn’t just for aesthetics – the control tower can be lowered down to water level and detach from the main vessel, becoming a 16m/52.5ft auxiliary vessel while a second control point aboard AVANGUARDIA keeps her in motion.
The five decks include two helipads each with a hangar, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and an abundance of sunbathing and social areas for up to 60 guests while cruising and the potential for even more for dockside events. Overnight, M/Y AVANGUARDIA sleeps 24 guests as well as 12 staff and a crew of just 10.
Lazzarini envisioned the concept being powered by a central MTU Rolls-Royce engine accompanied by a pair of all-electric side engines to reach a top speed of 18 knots, and the aft section has a port for two attachable jet capsules that act as ancillary propulsion.
To turn mega yacht AVANGUARDIA from concept to reality, a client would need to invest $500 million USD in the build, the result being one of the most elegant, high-tech and head-turning mega yachts on the water.
If one day this yacht appears on the charter market, she might become a very popular charter yacht.