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The Salt Superyacht – a Fusion of Traditional and Futuristic

Published on April 13, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

American designer and architecture graduate, Lujac Desautel, has topped his award-nominated ‘GLASS’ concept yacht with another beautiful transparent design – ‘SALT’.


Born in 1991, Lujac was raised on the Pacific coast in northwest America – Cannon Beach, Oregon to be precise.

Surrounded by all things marine from an early age, his first word was “boat”, which turns out to have been quite prescient as he is now making a name for himself as an up-and-coming yacht designer.


Lujac was nominated in 2014 for Boat International’s Young Designer of the Year Award for his transparent concept GLASS – a three-storey yacht built on a SWATH (Small Water-plane Area Twin Hull – read more on the concept here.  Inspired by LEGO (yes, that stuff that destroys bare feet when stepped upon) the yacht consists of three chunky glass blocks stacked vertically, taking advantage of the unusually wide beam of the SWATH layout to create a fantastic sized living space.

With his second concept yacht, 55-metre superyacht SALT, Lujac has continued to design using transparent materials.

By breaking down the barriers between the interior and the exterior, he is able create an environment where you feel like you are almost living in the sea, not apart from it.

In the words of Desautel, “SALT is designed to be a framework where life aboard is flexible, transparent and honest.

The exploited connection to the sea is tangible; like the steps that fold down to the water or the glass façade that slides away like a curtain to welcome the fresh salt air.

SALT is an environment of overlapping and transparent spaces, creating a playful and engaging relationship with the sea.”



The flybridge with its panoramic views is a suntrap and hosts two enormous six-person sunbeds, and if you’re feeling a bit peckish there’s also space to dine on the top.


The main deck has been cut away to bring the stunning central living area closer to the water line.  The main accommodation is housed in a central glass structure and the sides can slide back creating a cabana feel.

Both sides of the yacht have retractable stairways that lead down to the waterline.  There is also an aft bathing platform that opens out from the luxurious master cabin.  Finally, if the ocean’s not enough for you, the main deck also has a large swimming pool.


Moving below, the lower deck has accommodation for ten guests in five en-suite cabins.


The huge master cabin encompasses the whole stern, with two VIP and two twin cabins amidships.  The lower deck also houses the gym and sauna, as well as accommodation for nine-crew.



Above all, however, this is a sailboat.  As such SALT sports two unique square-rigged sails, a nod to traditional ship design, on two masts which sit at either end of the central glass living area.


With these two beautiful concepts under Lujac’s belt, it is as clear as his transparent materials that the young designer has a great future ahead of him.8_5






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