SHOGUN was conceived by Liebowitz & Pritchard expressly to demonstrate how yacht owners and builders may benefit from innovative vessel configurations. As a 40 metre schooner (132ft), the yacht takes traditional construction elements - hull, deckhouse, gunwale windscreen, sail rig - and transforms them into an advanced geometry offering an unprecedented lifestyle aboard. The aim: Environments both inside and out will result in an unforgettable architectural experience. Performance is planned to match.

 Unlike traditional vessels with limited natural light, SHOGUN features enormous structural glass shell elements on the deckhouse in particular, which illuminate a loft-like, multi-level home at sea. The LP partnership have drawn a tectonic, Miesian-style interior intended to lift to eye to the limits of the space, versus a focus on superficially embellished surface decoration. As with all LP designs, special attention was given to subtle, yet critical “intangible” factors such as room orientation, circulation, sightlines, and both natural and indirect lighting.

Exterior features include a beamy, stable hullform; expansive deck spaces segregated from sailing gear; a hydraulically operated “sea terrace” opening from the topsides; a leisure deck aft stowing a 6.4m (21ft) yacht tender; prominent wing-steering stations organically integrated into the curved deckhouse; and finally the wave-breaking windscreen, constructed of bullet-proof laminated glass panels. This monolithic aperture permits striking sightlines forward from both the Mezzanine level and interior steering station above.

Technical features of this 280 tonne vessel include; high strength-to-weight Alustar aluminium construction; auto-furling carbon rig with battened sails and; fractional furling foresail set on fixed forestay; split machinery layout (major noise producers aft, other items amidships); feathering propeller; twin carbon rudders; and retractable roll stabilizers.

The accommodation for the Owner’s party lies in four ensuite luxury staterooms, with a crew compliment of 6-7 persons. Ability for the crew to circulate throughout the vessel unobtrusively is provided via secure, watertight egress points strategically planned.