Diana Yacht Design has released a new yacht concept that is capable hydrogen propulsion for short-term journeys up to 18 hours and diesel for a transatlantic cruising range at 12 knots.
Launched ahead of the Monaco Yacht Show 2019 (25th-28th of September) the 36m/118ft motor yacht was the first of three concepts made in conjunction with Belgian company Exmar Yachting, who had been closely following the emergence of hydrogen technology.
Designed as an ecological vessel, the name is inspired by the German eco-label certification called ‘Blue Angel’ that is given to products and services, and in Asia the colour blue is associated with clean air and water.
The concept was created with a hard-working modern family in mind who want to make the most of their time off by exploring the coasts and seas in luxury and leaving the environment as untouched as they found it using zero emissions technology.
Casper Marelis of Diana Yacht Design produced the exterior styling and took his inspiration from the car industry to produce a robust exterior appearance and eye-catching paint job in blue, black and white. Open decks and large windows characterise the design, which are accentuated by the forward superstructure and vertical bow which both lend M/Y BLUE ANGEL the appearance of an explorer yacht.
A broad and deep swim platform creates an ideal space to sunbathe beside the water and only a few steps connect to the main deck aft, where there is a sofa/sunbed at the centre of the stern and sun loungers along the bulwarks to either side. The area has the potential to be used as an alfresco cinema, alfresco dining area or for exercise. Corner sofas and coffee tables finish off this outdoor space as guests are led into the main salon.
The upper deck aft makes use of the hardtop overhang to place two sofas in the shade, leaving the stern section clear for storing water toys and tenders or for exercise in the sunshine.
The foredeck places aft-facing sofas and coffee tables in front of the helm station, and forward both sides have a broad sunbed while addition space for water toys remains on the bow.
An interior designer has yet to be announced, however the styling has been described as modern and spacious. The materials used come from sustainable sources and were chosen to leave as little a carbon footprint as possible.
The interior layout places all of the family cabins together on the main deck and consist of a Master suite, a double cabin and a twin cabin, all with en-suite facilities. A fourth guest cabin can be found on the lower deck, and this can be used alternatively as a games or media room by the family. Meanwhile, a crew area provides for seven and includes a large galley and mess.
On the bridge deck, there is a skylounge where guests can savour the air conditioned interiors while enjoying the elevated views through the broad modern windows. Glass sliding doors open out onto the upper deck aft when guests want even more space and a beach club-like atmosphere.
M/Y BLUE ANGEL can use hydrogen as its sole fuel as she cruises with hotel loads for up to 18 hours. For more extensive journeys, she is equipped with a diesel engine that is capable of crossing the Atlantic.
The benefits of hydrogen propulsion are many, including ‘zero emissions’ for visiting environmentally sensitive regions without the noise and vibrations associated with generators or direct drive propulsion engines.
Azimuth pods were installed to accommodate the hydrogen propulsion system and come with the benefits of flexibility and proven reliability while having a low electrical consumption and providing extra space in the engine room. The amount of hydrogen carried on board will depend on how the space is implemented below the aft deck as the Owner desires, while a standard amount of diesel fuel is expected to be carried on board.