Weaving A Story Into Themed Boating
When the team at Yacht Island Design set themselves the goal of introducing a new era in luxury yachting, they decided to base their first proposal on Monaco. Transporting the principality to the ocean, the 155-metre SWATH concept is built predominantly in steel with the use of aluminium in the upper superstructure.
With a maximum speed of 15 knots she transports her 70 crew and 16 guests using diesel electric propulsion.
According to the designers, “The art of producing a themed yacht is to seamlessly weave a story into every element of the design… This focus allows the creation of a truly unique environment from the overall exterior shape down to the smallest interior detail.”
The design theme for this first of several planned concept proposals centres around three main communal areas: “The Streets of Monaco”, “The Oasis” and “The Grand Atrium”.
“The Streets of Monaco” is the focal point of the story and the anchor for the themes that run throughout the yacht, revolving around a recreation of the famous Monaco Grand Prix race circuit. This fully functional kart circuit sets the stage for other famous locations seen on a lap of the principality, including the Casino, Hotel de Paris, Cafe de Paris, La Rascasse and Loews hotel and tunnel complex.
“The Oasis”, located aft, acts as the main boarding point for the yacht, an expansive area modelled on the gardens just outside the Monaco Casino.
“The Grand Atrium” is the central hub of the yacht, linking the upper and lower living areas. The seven guest suites are located off of the lower atrium level and vary in size from 135 to 356 square metres. All include their own reception room, bathroom, dressing room, bedroom and balcony, and the VIP suites have the added luxury of a private office.
Other key features include a multi-configurable sports court sized to championship tennis regulations that also doubles as a heli-pad, and sea-level “Beach” decks situated aft in both struts. Yacht Island Design selected the SWATH platform as its prime focus, for its sea-keeping ability and exceptionally wide beam, allowing for the “exploration of bold and daring design ideas without the restrictions of a conventional hull shape”. The design company’s second proposal is an 85-metre yacht based around a “Pacific Island” theme.