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Project Atlas Goes Global

Published on September 21, 2012 by   ·   No Comments

London (H2 Yacht Design) and Lymington (Laurent Giles Naval Architects) have come together to create the triumph that is Project Atlas.  Reaching 110 metres on the tape measure, only five metres shy of Roman Abramovich’s superyacht Luna, this synergy yacht fuses sail power with motor to great effect – and obvious fuel saving benefits.

Project Atlas harnesses the vast advancements that have been made in green technologies over recent years.  The yacht is designed to cruise jointly under sail and motor and reach speeds of 16 knots with a possible fuel saving of between 40% and 60%.  This not only means a healthy respect for the environment, but also wipes tens of thousands off refuelling costs and gives the vessel a longer range.  The sail-assisted motoryacht certainly seems to outweigh many of the other green solutions that have been presented to the marketplace so far.

State of the Art sail handling

She may be essentially a sailing yacht, but Project Atlas seeks to achieve the comfort expectations and characteristics of your standard motor-powered megayacht.  Retractive active stabilizers keep her steady under power and at anchor; whilst underway the natural damping of the sails offers an energy-free stabilization of its own.  With multiple sails, individual sizes are kept relatively small and with state-of-the-art sail handling equipment Project Atlas can be crewed with conventional manpower.  She’s also whisper quiet as she makes her way across the waves.

On the power side of things, a diesel electric power plant is designed to be totally flexible and work alongside the sail power.  If used on its own, sails furled, the power plant can alone take Project Atlas to 18 knots with a range 6,000 nautical miles.

Spacious, Graceful and Elegant

Of course no self-respecting m(b)illionaire is going to part with his wealth on environmental credentials alone, which is lucky as Project Atlas is an aesthetic treat.  Arranged across five decks, she has an exterior styling that exudes graceful elegance through a pure and simple design language.  Contemporary yet timeless, the designers have merged crisp edges with soft flowing curves, a theme that is repeated throughout the superstructure to unify the entire concept.

Outside deck space is generous and the main aft deck has an ingenious seven metre infinity swimming pool with a waterfall feature that cascades to the swim platform below.  Twin Jacuzzis, large sunbed areas and a circular cocktail bar are also found at this level.  The deck above provides a stylish lounge environment whilst the substantial open sundeck atop is organised for avid sun worshippers.

Inside Project Atlas is flooded with light thanks to a large sundeck skylight that reaches into the heart of the interior. Every guest cabin has a private balcony and unsightly life rafts are screened out of sight.  A full beam tender garage creates all the space you need for tenders, toys and four wheeled fancies.

Designed to be compliant for up to 20 guests, Project Atlas is ideal for extended cruising and would make an interesting and unique charter prospect – any takers?

www.h2yachtdesign.com and www.laurentgiles.co.uk

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