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Design founded on fabled sea monster

Published on June 20, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

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Multi-award-winning Eduard Gray design, from Sweden, is responsible for some rather striking yacht, automotive and product design.  We’ve written about several of its projects before, including the 75 metre ‘showboating’ Xhibitionist, but here’s the latest in the Gray stable – Kraken.

Inspired by the design team’s extreme supercar concept, the 180mph Vapour GT, Kraken is its water-based big sister and also weighs in at a substantial 75 metres in length.  Named after a legendary mythical tentacled beast that ate whales, and entire ships, it’s clear that Eduard Gray is pulling no punches on the Kraken concept.

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Spanning four decks and catamaran-like in layout, with accommodation spread across both hulls, the first thing that hits you about Kraken is its bold angular design incorporating lots of in-your-face glass and chrome.  The biggest slab of glass is the almost-horizontal windscreen that also acts as a skylight for the large lounge on the owner’s deck.  The pilot house sits nice and high beneath this windscreen to give the skipper good panoramic visibility around Kraken’s entirety.

To the aft a large beach club (standard issue for most superyachts these days) and a reception area with smart spiral staircase to welcome guests.  On the bow is a spot for the helipad (again, standard superyacht issue).  The chopper shouldn’t have too much trouble deciphering which vessel to land on as Kraken is smothered in silver-grey metallic paintwork with bold red accents alongside the aforementioned chrome detailing and dark-stained teak decking.  Let’s hope those delicate wealthy feet can stand the heat.

We don’t know much about Kraken’s propulsion system but reports suggest it’ll hit 35 knots which is rather more than you would expect from a 75 metre superyacht, so one suspects that the engine configuration is rather large and rather well put together.

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There’s no escaping the fact that Kraken is a bit of a monster – the perfect match (in paintwork and in styling) to the aggressive Vapour GT.  But she is also rather glamorous and certainly has been built with speed and comfort in mind.  Let’s hope Kraken makes it into production, as she’ll certainly stir up the whitewashed monotony of your average superyacht marina.

With Kraken signed off, Team Eduard Gray is now turning its hand to developing new conceptual ideas with the design team at Saab, which should be interesting as no car has rolled off the Saab production line since early 2014.

Kraken the movie (well, a 1.5 min vid) – https://youtu.be/vOb7k3gBMWM

More on the E Gray website – http://graydesign.se/5/kraken.html

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