Monday, July 23, 2012

Into The Future: The Superyacht Sub

A look into the future with the amazingly innovative hybrid 2021 concept design by Edwin van der Mark from the Netherlands, where he combines the perfect crossover between Superyacht and submarine. The concept arose by Edwin van der Mark visiting the superyacht pavilion at METS in Amsterdam in November 2011, where he met Harley O'Neill of SuperyachtME, an ex US Navy Fast Attack Submarine Navigator. They shared some creative ideas of creating a concept where superyacht meets submarine, then the 103m (338ft) concept was brought to life on a yellow post it note before it was developed digitally.

When she is above the surface and being the Superyacht side of her design the two big structural units open out like the wings of an exotic beetle to reveal the numerous sun decks aft, where guests can relax while at anchor or moving at cruising speed. The roof hatch above the owners deck opens up to let in sunlight and stays open as long as she is above the surface. She will also feature a gym, swimming pool, jacuzzi, beach club and a lounge/bar area at the stern.

The top deck features the owners private retreat which includes a complete penthouse on two private decks, with a hidden sundeck forward complete with Jacuzzi. On the top level there is a helipad and a small hangar to store the helicopter. The crew and guest accommodation is located amidships and also includes a movie theatre, an indoor swimming pool and a gym/studio. A remarkable feature is in the keel of the vessel, where subsea hatches and moon pools are able to launch a mini subs or divers to explore the underwater world.

Above the surface she can reach speeds of 30-35 kts with the top decks open, or an eco mode cruising speed of about 25 kts, with all decks and the stern open.

Its only a concept but it has opened doors to a new way of thinking as to the future direction of Superyacht design, Edwin will bring dreams that were thought impossible to reality.


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