[imagesource: Baran Akalin]
If you’re wealthy and you really want to flex, you buy a superyacht.
It’s a status symbol and a way to enjoy the sea in the utmost luxury. The average superyacht would put a penthouse to shame.
They’re fully staffed and kitted out with everything you would need to sail, without having to deal with all the hassle that comes with actually tackling the open seas.
In this sense, superyachts are big business, and the creators thereof put a lot of time, energy, and creativity into creating the perfect vessel.
The latest concept to come out of that world is being hailed as a “game-changer” by the team behind it, according to CNN.
Yacht designer Baran Akalin has revealed a 25-metre Trimonoran yacht concept named Escalade 25.
…the unique vessel is said to be the first of its kind to feature a Trimonoran hull, a combination of a monohull and a trimaran hull.
I’ve been on a yacht maybe once in my life, and it wasn’t a very impressive one, so I had to look those up to fully understand what they’re talking about.
The hull is the main body of a ship or other vessel, including the bottom and sides. Monohulled boats have only one hull, whereas a trimaran is a multihull boat that comprises a main hull and two smaller outrigger hulls, attached to the main hull with lateral beams.
Most modern trimarans are sailing yachts designed for recreation or racing.
Here’s why the combination of the two is important:
According to Akalın, the Trimonoran, made up of three slim hulls, provides Escalade with at least 30% more space than a similar vessel with a monohull, along with greater stability and less water resistance.
As for pace, Escalade, which is fueled by a hydraulic propulsion system, will have an estimated top speed of around 42 knots.
“The hull provides top speed and stability with less power/energy because of the hull shape and hydrofoils under the body,” explains Akalın.
“Her body also allows [for] smoother sailing than standard hulls. The hull cuts the waves very politely.”
The outside of the yacht is pretty impressive, but the inside, if recent renderings are anything to go, could give it a run for its money.
Described as the “superstar area of the yacht,” Escalade’s huge saloon, which holds a mirrored ceiling, is split into two sections, with a kitchen on one side, and a lavish lounge area and a raised dining area on the other.
Conceived by British interior designer Celia Sawyer, the décor also includes marble floors and custom-made cabinets.
In addition, the yacht has four en suite cabins, a large cinema screen, various sunbathing areas, an onboard garage with room for a tender boat and two jet skis, and a glass bottomed hot tub.
It’s basically a floating mansion that can move significantly faster than your average yacht.
The design has taken 20 years to perfect and while the concept hasn’t been picked up by a shipyard yet, Akalin says that they’ve received plenty of interest.
“She is the design that meets the needs of the modern world,” he adds, explaining the project would take between six to 10 months to complete “with the right planning” once funding is secured.
Trimonoran, which is available for both sailing and motor yachts, has received support from both the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Foundation Coordination Maritime Research.
The newly conceptualised hull has passed water tests in a test pool and is ready to go into production.
I’m sure she’ll be produced and snapped up by a billionaire in the near future.
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