Luxury yacht LOTUS is the next-generation project from British designers ThirtyC in collaboration with Dykstra naval Architects (creators of the iconic DynaRig) and Royal Huisman. S/Y LOTUS is constructed from Alustar A5 aluminium for a lightweight and durable hull and superstructure.
She is capable of cruising across the globe using the DynaRig configuration that, when combined with her advanced technologies and construction, also gives her high performance and versatility characteristics making her one of the fastest sailing yachts in the world – perfect for taking place in world superyacht regattas.
With the superyacht’s toys and additional equipment stored upon the support yacht, more space has been freed up on board the mothership for guest amenities, which include a swimming pool on the bow, a spacious sundeck, a selection of indoor and outdoor dining areas, and generous guest lounges such as the main salon and beach club.
Most of the crew are accommodate on the support vessel, as S/Y LOTUS requires only a small crew to work her systems safely and efficiently: The technology allows for the masts and sails to be rotated by the simple push of a button from the bridge or a remote station.
The latest solar energy technology will be integrated into the masts for accumulating and storing power over the daylight hours so that fuel usage can be minimised and LOTUS can even sail away from her berth without having to start the engine. At top speed, she can reach 20 knots.
Extensive open spaces both inside and out provide almost limitless options for customisation: The concepts images show a spacious sundeck laid out with a sizeable alfresco dining table around the sofa-lined stern, while just forward of the mizzenmast there is a row of sunbeds curving around the circular skylight which illuminates the room below. Armchairs can be found to port and starboard, followed by another sofa/sunbed and sun loungers. The forward sundeck has a large bar and plenty of seating in the port and starboard corners, while the helm controls are shaded by biminis, and the forward sail can be used as an alfresco cinema screen.
Below, the bow has a swimming pool that can be covered to make the whole foredeck flush for hosting gatherings. Seating is placed around the forward mast for taking in the views in tranquil surroundings, while tenders and toys can be concealed within the bow. The main deck aft also features an alfresco dining table beneath the shade of the flybridge overhang, while in the sunshine along the stern there are sun loungers and C-shaped sofas both with a raised table to port and starboard.
The interiors make use of the broad 12.9m/42ft beam to provide spacious accommodation for 14 crew on the lower deck forward and up to 10 guests in five en-suite cabins in the aft, all of which have close access to the beach club and its spa facilities.
True to her name, there is a sculpture in the form of a lotus within the main salon beneath the sundeck skylight, and the room provides TV entertainment and plenty of seating arrangements for guests to converse while awaiting dinner in the separate dining room forward of the foyer.
The best quality materials were used to furnish each room on board, from hand-crafted wooden veneers to the stately carpets and upholstery.