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115-metre concept Tuhara

Magomed Khamatkhanov
February 28, 2018

Dutch yard Oceanco yesterday has revealed its latest concept on DIBS 2018 - 115-metre Tuhara superyacht concept, inspired from Polynesian canoes and Maori explorers.

Lobanov Design is responsible for unique exterior design, who also designed 110-metre Jubilee, while the interior is created by Achille Salvagni. The hybrid propulsion system was developed in collaboration with BMT Nigel Gee Naval Architects.

The reverse angle bow and transom continue the use of symmetry in Lobanov’s conceptual work, previously seen in the 132 metre Star. Oceanco adds that the concept could be adapted to suit any length from 80 metres to 120 metres.

This ancient canoe shape conceals a multitude of modern technology — for example the horizontal hull windows are made up of a series of dots that stop prying eyes from looking in, but still allow guests on board to enjoy a seamless view out to sea, as if through a normal pane of glass.

The Salvagni interior is every bit as impressive as the exterior, with the Pacific islands and East Asia providing the influence for the decor, which features brushed teak, tatami floors and bronze metalwork.

The skylounge is a great example of these themes with teak stalactites and stalagmites dividing the central fireplace from the intimate dining area.

The task of designing the propulsion system for such an avante-garde yacht fell to British naval architects BMT Nigel Gee, who chose a hybrid, contra-rotating Azipod system from ABB that should achieve a top speed of 18 knots.

The studio’s yacht design director James Roy says that this drivetrain has proven its efficiency in the commercial sector. “There is a synergy between the efficiency of the hull form, and that of the propulsion system,” he adds.

The system developed on board would be able to monitor on-board behaviour and automatically adjust the music and temperature accordingly. Other highlights on board include a 360-degree cinema room, a foredeck hammock and a superyacht spa pool on the sundeck.