Design and imagination go hand in hand, yet it is not so often that designers get the chance to take their designs to the wildest corners of their imaginations. The yachting industry is one area that fantasies can be realised upon the water. However some yacht designs are too outlandish to be manifested as a material reality, and these are the ones that inspire and excite the most! Here are some of the wildest and most interesting concepts for superyachts to date.
The Streets of Monaco
Quite possibly the most outlandish design (quite literally, taking land out to sea!) we have seen is the design from Yacht Island Design; The Streets of Monaco. Some would call it a floating city, though some would go a step further and call it a floating country! Adorned with the trademarks of the Principality of Monaco, the essence of the tiny country that borders the South of France is captured on the 155 meter deck. The prince’s palace can be seen in one corner, quite appropriately accommodating for the owner of the yacht, whilst Casino Square can also be experienced, with Loews Hotel and the Hotel de Paris. But perhaps the most utterly exciting element of this concept is the Formula 1 track. It drives through multiple levels of the ship and offers space enough for three karts to race alongside. It’s hard to think of another concept that offers such a unique array of leisurely features.
Whilst this concept may not be the wildest, it certainly is a practical innovation. The Bahamas is a thoroughly thought out concept that brings a very real solution to various problems. The name Bahamas originates from the Spanish; Baja mar, referring to the shallow waters and sand banks of the islands, which is a perfect fit for the functionality of this project. Designed by Horacio Bozzo, founder of and principle designer at Axis Group Yacht Design, the Bahamas is made in such a way that it’s able to cruise in shallow waters. It’s all-aluminium and whilst a conventional displacement hull of comparable size would normally have a draft of around at least 8 feet, the Bahamas sports a draft of just 6 feet. This is incredibly convenient for island sailors, who consequently save the time of waiting for the tides to change, as well as being able to sail directly between islands.
Tropical Island Paradise
Back to a quirky, jaw-dropping and perhaps slightly over-the-top design, also coming from Yacht Island Design, is Tropical Island Paradise, an imagining many may have previously conjured in their minds. Aptly named, the 90 meter superyacht is by all appearances a floating tropical island. The main deck is a beach cove lined with palm trees and beach huts, featuring a glass walled swimming pool with water streaming down from the nearby volcano. With all the recreational activities you can imagine, from jet skis to kayaks, and even a helipad, the Tropical Island Paradise accommodates for the most frivolous fantasies.
There you have it, from the incredibly practical, to the undeniably eye catching, yacht design can be one of the most exciting landscapes for designers to explore.