Superyacht Concepts that Wow’ed Us in 2022

By George Bains

Every year there is always an array of staggering, and often quite outrageous, superyacht concepts released that test then boundaries of possibility. Always excited by new interpretations of the yachting experience, we pick out some of our favourite concepts to have covered in 2022…

Vitruvius Yachts’ Ultimate Explorer Concept

Philippe Briand’s Vitruvius Yachts revealed its new 80-metre, go-anywhere superyacht concept.

With the design following closely in the footsteps of Vitruvius’ 54.9-metre Shinkai – built by Feadship in the Netherlands and delivered in 2021 – this new explorer is notable for its long aft deck which is ideal for storing a generous toy collection or even a helipad.

Designed to satisfy the most active and adventurous of owners, the explorer boasts a vast beach club and health centre below deck, enabling direct and convenient access to the sea for water sports.

With performance and onboard comfort key to the new explorer vessel – she is expected to reach a top speed of 19 knots and cruise with ease at 14 knots – special care has also been given to controlling any rolling motions on board – a trait which is also key for ease of launching her onboard toys such as submarines. Furthermore, the addition of gyro/fin stabilisers is also in consideration for the vessel.

Finally, owners can also decide to choose an observatory option for the expedition superyacht, which would provide a 22-square metre space to bring those on board even closer to the beauties of the night sky, wherever they might find themselves in the world.

Feadship Unveils 85m SLICE at MYS 22

During the Monaco Yacht Show, Feadship unveiled 85m superyacht concept – SLICE.

In an attempt to reflect the desires of the current superyacht clientele, combined with the innovative design flair of Studio De Voogt, Feadship's new 85m concept has been described by the Dutch yard as, ‘reimagining ways to bring natural light into a yacht’s interior’, alongside, ‘integrating the interior and exterior in bold new ways’.

Soon to become Feadship’s 11th innovative superyacht concept, 85m Slice takes inspiration from her predecessors. With a ‘sculptural exterior philosophy’ from the yard’s 2021 81.75m concept ‘Pure’, Slice’s exterior profile goes further: lengthening and wrapping around a brand-new interior to create an array of unique spaces for guests onboard. A previous and ‘predictable’ flow of space has been long-forgotten, with the yard now focusing on a fresh approach to the yachting lifestyle, evidenced through Slice’s 110m2 multilevel pool deck aft.

Nobiskrug and Tillberg’s 77m LYCKA

Nobiskrug teamed up with Tillberg Design of Sweden to release 77m “happiness” concept LYCKA. Unveiled at Palm Beach International Boat Show, this unique vessel aims to create a true “home from home” experience for all on-board.

Lycka has been thoughtfully designed and engineered to embrace the latest ground-breaking technologies, whilst also offering a simplistic, luxurious, customisable interior, equipped for active, adventurous owners.

Its spacious, open plan design is complimented by large high windows and folding balconies, allowing a seamless blend of both the interior and exterior, creating a sense of indoor living – outdoors. The perfect space for a warm, open salon and a formal dining area.

Bhushan Powar Shares 110m ZION

One concept with unconventional at its core is 110m ZION, released by award-winning Indian yacht design studio Bhushan Powar.

Zion's design takes inspiration from the vastness and phenomenon of the universe, with our attention immediately drawn to her main highlight, the "glass eye" viewing dome that can be likened to a black hole, allowing guests an uninterrupted 360 degree of the water.

"Nature is the guiding principle for the design of everything that surrounds us," said Powar. "We look for something in it that allows us to define ourselves."

Zion can host a maximum of 20 guests across the span of 10 elegant staterooms, accompanied by a dedicated luxurious master suite on the Main Deck. Guests within the master suite can indulge in electronically operated sky lounge balconies on either side for private use, allowing for an intimate space and alternative viewing platform. In terms of crew, she can accommodate up to 20 members onboard.

Lazzarini’s €500million concept SOVRANO

From unconventional to wild, Lazzarini’s 169m concept SOVRANO certainly reimagines life on the water.

 Sovrano has been likened to a hybrid of sorts; a mixture of both a private venture and a cruise ship. Spanning 5 decks and defined by a three-storey well cut into the foredeck, this magnificent space acts as an atrium from within the vessel, beckoning guests to lounge in its enormous swimming pool and garden area beneath.

Her twin helipads sit either side of the wheelhouse, almost resembling wings as they extend her beam from 22 to 33 metres; in turn making her the widest superyacht in the world. The space is also perfect to act as a platform for a pool, and can be winched to water level.

Sovrano also has an area designed specifically to load and unload vehicles, with a garage that can house 6 supercars and a wide range of tenders, all of which can be launched directly from the garage. Built from a combination of steel and carbon fibre composites, Sovrano is also powered by a fully-electric propulsion system delivering a top speed of 31 knots.

Although a buyer has not yet been found, a Lazzarini spokesperson Cinzia Rugerri revealed: "We estimate a €500million budget and four years for the construction."

By George Bains
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