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Zaha Hadid Superyachts for Blohm + Voss

Stumbling across this Yacht on the World Wide Web certainly struck a certain note. I feel that I lack the eloquence to properly describe the appearance of this extraterrestrial craft.
The design is signed Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi-British architect with the design of structures like the Guangzhou Opera House on her resumé.The idea is to design a new concept of super yachts, initially with a 128-meter prototype and later on, 5 fully-engineered 90-meter yachts.

“The exoskeleton structure of the upper section is an interwoven network of supports that vary in thickness and lend a natural aesthetic to the yacht’s external appearance; evoking the organic structural systems of natural marine formations and connecting the various levels and decks of the ship seamlessly via expressive diagonals.”

 

Being nothing but a layman I ask myself if all that “architecture” structuring is superfluous and contributes to unnecessary weight, drag, noise, and added maintenance.  I am however very sure that the vessels will fill the purpose intended by their owners.

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Wally Hermès Yacht

This Yacht is so special that it deserves a repost.  In 2009 Wally announced a joint project with legendary French fashion house Hermès which they named WHY (Wally Hermès Yacht). The hull, which was tested in a secret facility in Gothenburg, Sweden, measures 58 x 38 meter and is driven by a diesel electrical engine. The construction of the hull allows for the boat to create a totally flat surface of calm water behind it, like an Olympic size pool, where you can swim in total peace. A surface of photovoltaic panels provides a substantial amount of the  energy needed to power the ship.
The teak deck that surrounds the vessel serves as a coastal-path-inspired jogging track and in the forward end there’s a 25-meter long swimming pool.

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Sunseeker Predator 130

Sunseeker is a brand known for its serious yachting. From Dorset, England, they have been making boats since 1979 and they currently have dealers in 61 countries around the world. In 2008 they were featured in The Sunday Times list of Britain’s fastest growing private companies.

With a workforce of 2,100 employees and a next level factory they are able to maintain a decent delivery period and offer a huge range of different yachts. Most epic of them all is the Sunseeker Predator 130.

The ship, which requires some 180,000 components to build, weighs in at a massive 180 ton. If you’d go for the biggest engine option (twin V12’s) your Predator would be pulled by almost 8000 raging horses and every time you’d fill her up the gauge would stop at 22,200 liters. In this setup, cruising at 12 knots, the Predator 130 would be able to cover 1500 nautical miles. Should you opt for Kamewa Water-jets the Predator will top 30 knots, a very serious machine indeed.

Wood grains, walnut, wenge, granite and glass are just some of the materials offered when it comes to interior. Almost all things on the ship are customizable, you could for example get a gym, a complete one-off sky deck saloon, saunas and hydraulic-controlled wide balconies.

Its onboard garage holds two jet skis and a 190hp tender, which should suffice for you average day of water sports. I personally feel that Sunseeker has done incredible well with the design of the Predator 130; aggressive, beautiful and majestic. It’s no wonder Sunseeker ships have been featured in the four last bond movies.

A Predator 130 will set you back at least 13 million dollars though you can legitimately call yourself “The Boss” for as long as you keep it.

Author: Olle Elander Wistén