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Peace at Last

Published on November 18, 2013 by   ·   No Comments

What’s not to love about an outrageous superyacht concept, something that makes every other boat on the water pale into obscurity, such as MarinaLive!’s recent find ‘Maluhia’ – a futuristic but believable ecoyacht.

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‘Maluhia’ means ‘peacefulness’ in Hawaiian – it follows therefore that it has been conceived by Jonathan Peace, a Transportation Design student in his fourth year at Art Center College of Design in Southern California.

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Standing at 95 metres in length (which would immediately place it amongst the world’s top 35 superyachts) Maluhia is anything but ordinary.  Her most striking feature is a large blue casing wrapping around the hull.  Aside from aesthetics, this blue structure is a hexagonal patterned solar cell which is gathering energy to help power the diesel hybrid ecoyacht by recharging the onboard batteries.

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The second feature which makes Maluhia what she is, is the internal open-air courtyard.  Instead of the decks opening to the exterior, this inside-facing area is designed for protected relaxation.  Trees, grass and a water feature help to achieve Jonathan’s aims of connecting land-based verdant nature with the freedom of the open ocean.  You could imagine it being the perfect space for practicing some yoga or typing the next thousand words to a novel.

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Moving to the aft, the nature motif appears once more.  Surrounding the swimming pool on this large sunny deck are more trees to provide natural shade and a cooler atmosphere during the hottest hours of the day.  Meanwhile, instead of teak, the pool is flanked by grass laid between a theme-continuing hexagonal pattern made of silica-infused concrete.  This material is far lighter than traditional concrete and also translucent to light – giving the ability to glow from below by night with the aid of LED lighting.

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Like many of these concepts, we are somewhat left in the dark as to the interior – it’s all about what’s on show on the outside, which is a bit of a shame.  All we hope is that some of these concepts become commissions and we see these crazy creations knocking about at sea.  And, please don’t ask what the projected price of a 95 metre Maluhia would be, as JP Morgan once said “You have no right to own a yacht if you ask that question”.

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