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Japanese inspired winged Superyacht concept

Published on December 11, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

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Things are moving fast in the yachting world.  Where once a single hull did for any millionaire, recent years have seen twin-hull superyachts grow in popularity and now trimarans are the next big thing.  Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) has just released its latest concept megayacht, Komorebi, which benefits from the efficiency and stability of a trimaran platform and adds ocean-crossing range while still keeping a shallow enough draft to allow cove hopping.

Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prévost who first met as students of Yacht and Powercraft Design at Southampton College in the early 80s founded VPLP.  The Company designed its first cruising catamaran in 1984, the Lagoon 55, and since then they have designed more than 240 cruising catamarans.

Their Company is now the leading French multihull design firm and is responsible for creating some of the fastest racing yachts in the world.  Their most famous designs include the winner of the 33rd America’s Cup in 2010, USA 17 (previously BOR90), Macif which won the Vendee Globe in 2013 and, more recently, they were involved with the design of the 100 foot Super Maxi Comanche which debuted at the 2014 Sydney-Hobart race.

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Komorebi dials things back a bit from the breakneck pace of their usual designs and instead takes a more stately and comfortable approach.  At 282 feet long, the design has enough room for 18 guests and 20 crew, three tenders including a ten metre limousine tender, a swimming pool, two pool bars, Spa, Japanese patio, gym, sauna, cinema and, of course, a helipad

Named for the Japanese concept of nature being enhanced by the sun’s rays, Komorebi is designed with elegance and openness in mind.  Seemingly using as much glass as a small skyscraper, the main and upper decks are wrapped entirely in floor-to-ceiling windows for breathtaking views from just about anywhere on the boat.  The impressive guest accommodation is located amidships on the main deck, with the wheelhouse and crew cabins in the front.  To the rear, the saloon wraps around a Japanese garden and infinity pool located just above the beach club at the rear of the lower deck.  Finally, the front of the lower deck houses more crew cabins and work areas.

The owner’s suite, or rather suites, sit above on the upperdeck, and feature not only an impressive 172m² of living space, but also two reconfigurable bedrooms and a private bar and pantry.  The upper deck also boasts its own additional Japanese garden and Jacuzzi.

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With all this roomy opulence it’s easy to forget that this is not really a motorboat; while the Komorebi design does indeed have two 3,300hp engines at its disposal, it also has two striking masts rising 50 metres into the air, each carrying 380m² wings.  These can be used in conjunction with the engines to lower fuel usage, pollution and noise by an estimated 30% during crossings and, under the right conditions, the fully-automated wings can even be used on their own to provide an estimated 15 knots of speed in 20 knot winds.

The maximum range at a comfortable and efficient 16 knots is in excess of 6,000nm, plenty to get across the Atlantic.  The trimaran design ensures a smooth trip and the 2.8 metre draft means that there shouldn’t be any problem getting close to shore upon arrival.

All in all, this is an excellent design for a globetrotting, yet eco-conscious, millionaire who enjoys entertaining and unrivalled vistas without giving up any of the luxuries you’d expect from a modern megayacht.

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http://www.vplp.fr/

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