The invisible Superyacht.

Plans for an ‘invisible’ superyacht which blends into the sea and makes those on board feel like they are ‘floating on air’ have been unveiled.

The 106-metre Mirage, which could cost as much as £200million, will be completely clad in specially mirrored glass which reflects the image of the sea back to onlookers.

This will make it look as if the 4,200-tonne vessel has ‘vanished’ to people from as little as 50 metres away – though any radar will still detect the yacht with plenty of time to manoeuvre. Meanwhile, the yacht’s own radar can also look out for smaller boats on a collision course, giving the captain time to take any evasive action.

'Invisible' superyacht: Mirage has been designed to 'vanish' into the sea and give its billionaire owner some privacy

 

‘Invisible’ superyacht: Mirage has been designed to ‘vanish’ into the sea and give its billionaire owner some privacy

 

Mirage will be completely clad in specially mirrored glass which reflects the image of the sea back to onlookers, making it invisible from 50 metres away

 

Designed to be the ultimate purchase for privacy-hungry billionaires, Mirage comes fully equipped with a helipad, spa, outdoor theatre and cinema.

The six-decked craft can sleep 14 guests and 29 crew members, and can cruise at a comfortable speed of 19 knots.

It was developed by Italian boatbuilders Fincantieri and Dutch firm Van Geest Designs to ‘disappear between water and sky’ and ‘blend into the horizon’.

Designer Pieter Van Geest said it had taken a year to develop the blueprints and would take another three and a half years to construct.

The six-decked craft can sleep 14 guests and 29 crew members, and can cruise at a comfortable speed of 19 knots

 

The six-decked craft can sleep 14 guests and 29 crew members, and can cruise at a comfortable speed of 19 knots

 

One of the 4,200-tonne vessel's stunning decks with luxurious steps leading between levels and striking glass fittings

One of the 4,200-tonne vessel’s stunning decks with luxurious steps leading between levels and striking glass fittings

 

A dining area on one of the superyacht's spacious decks with room to accommodate dozens of guests for parties

A dining area on one of the superyacht’s spacious decks with room to accommodate dozens of guests for parties

 

Mirage comes fully equipped with a helipad, spa, outdoor theatre and cinema. Pictured: The designers' vision of one of the six decks

Mirage comes fully equipped with a helipad, spa, outdoor theatre and cinema. Pictured: The designers’ vision of one of the six decks

‘The longest part was researching the reflective glass and how it would be built,’ he said.

‘The main reason in designing this yacht was to make something that belonged to its environment.

‘Most yachts nowadays stand out and break the horizon or the landscape, in a way, we have tried to minimise this effect.

A luxurious swimming pool area on the 'invisible' superyacht surrounded by satellites of sun loungers inches from the ocean

A luxurious swimming pool area on the ‘invisible’ superyacht surrounded by satellites of sun loungers inches from the ocean

 

The £200million vessel has steps leading down into the sea so its billionaire owner can take a dip from one of the lower decks

The £200million vessel has steps leading down into the sea so its billionaire owner can take a dip from one of the lower decks

‘The colour variable mirrored glass is developed by a German glass manufacturer, which has never been used on yachts before.

‘All the vertical panels on the yacht will have this finish. If you were on the water it would probably be invisible from over 50 metres away.

‘If you are on the yacht itself the mirror will project the yacht’s surroundings, so in a way, it will give you a floating on air effect when onboard.’

The 106-metre vessel was developed by Italian boatbuilders Fincantieri and Dutch firm Van Geest Designs to 'disappear between water and sky' and 'blend into the horizon'

The 106-metre vessel was developed by Italian boatbuilders Fincantieri and Dutch firm Van Geest Designs to ‘disappear between water and sky’ and ‘blend into the horizon’

 

Designer Pieter Van Geest said it had taken a year to develop the blueprints and would take another three and a half years to construct

Designer Pieter Van Geest said it had taken a year to develop the blueprints and would take another three and a half years to construct

Mr Van Geest declined to put a price on the Mirage, but maritime experts suggested £200million would be reasonable for such a unique, luxury vessel.

If that was an accurate price tag it would place Mirage in the top 10 of the world’s most expensive yachts.

The list is currently topped by the £4billion History Supreme, which is made of solid gold and owned by Malaysia’s richest man, Robert Knok.

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The menacing looking superyacht ‘Black Swan

 

The’Black Swan’ boat features hidden balconies, an arrow-shaped tip and a pool that fades towards the sea

  • Called Black Swan, the concept yacht would be a floating palace for any billionaire who is bold enough to build it 
  • Stunning vessel features a multi-level pool, spacious sun deck, helipad and hidden balconies with sunloungers 
  • A helicopter platform on the top deck is accessed via a concealed lift, providing quick access to an airport or villa
The Sinister and Sleek Black Swan superyacht is said to be one of the most innovative designers of his generation, Timur Bozca has created a yacht concept made for the Bond villain in you.

The exterior includes a helicopter platform on the top deck, an extensive beach club and a pool. For the interior, a master suite and six guest suites accommodate up to 12 guests.The helicopter platform includes a concealed elevator that will bring guests to the aft deck where they can enjoy the extended beach club.

Two forward balconies are protected by glass railings, offering unobstructed views of the sea or sights in places such as the French Riviera or Caribbean.

A helicopter platform on the top deck is accessed via a concealed lift, allowing the owner and his or her guests to travel between the yacht and the airport or their villa without getting stuck in traffic.

Inside, a master suite and six guest cabins can accommodate 12 people.

Four engines give this superyacht an impressive horsepower rating of 23,172, and allow Black Swan to reach speeds up to 28 knots. At over 200 feet long, this eye-catching vessel is sure to make a statement on the open ocean.

Luxury Car Companies Building Yachts

There are some people who want to take their sports car with them on their yacht, and there others who want their yacht to be like their sports car. If you’re the latter, this list is for you.

Luxury car builders from Aston Martin to Bugatti, are venturing into the world of yachts, and with a clientele that can afford cars like the Bugatti Chiron at $2.9 million, sport yachts seem like a natural progression for these luxury brands.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin 37

Aston Martin 37

Carlo Borlenghi

Love cars? Love boats? Of course you do. The Aston Martin 37 should have any number of suitors who are looking for something sporty and a little bit different.

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Bugatti

Bugatti Niniette 66

Bugatti Niniette 66

Courtesy Palmer Johnson

Bugatti’s venture into the yacht industry was first announced with renderings of the Niniette in 2015. Now, we have the first yacht in the Niniette line, a 66-footer to look forward to.

offtheclothboff.com The Matching pair Bugatti Chiron Supercar and Super Yatcht.

Mercedes-Benz

Arrow 460 Granturismo

Arrow 460 Granturismo

Courtesy Mercedes-Benz

Named for the fabled Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows racing cars of the 1930s, the Arrow 460 Granturismofollowed the same design process that Mercedes-Benz Style uses to create its luxury automobiles.

Jaguar

Concept Speedboat by Jaguar Cars

Concept Speedboat by Jaguar Cars

Courtesy Jaguar

This concept sport yacht is described at “Seductive Design” by Jaguar Cars. She was designed to complement the Jaguar XF Sportbrake and she has a carbon fiber fin inspired by the Jaguar D-Type. Jaguar collaborated with Ivan Erdevicki Naval Architecture & Yacht Design Inc. and Seventy Seven Design to draw up the concept. Now, we wait to see if she comes to fruition.

Lexus

Lexus, Lexus Sport Yacht, Motoryacht

Lexus Sport Yacht

Courtesy Lexus

Lexus stepped into the yacht-design world with its 42-foot Lexus Sport Yacht concept. A sleek, speedy, carbon-fiber vessel, this design takes Lexus luxury into new waters.

The Ferretti Yachts 920 is Living Large

Ferretti Yachts 920

The foredeck’s 172 square feet, which can be shaded, allow for two coffee tables, four sofas, and a sun pad for four or more.

Courtesy Ferretti Yachts

Ferretti Yachts ’ 920 expands the builder’s line to 11 models, from 45 feet to 96 feet, including both owner-operator vessels and fully crewed craft.

The 920 has a wide-body superstructure, allowing the interior to take ­advantage of the yacht’s 22-foot-2-inch girth with a full-beam, main-deck master that has a walk-in closet and en suite head. The space also allows for either four or five staterooms. The four-stateroom layout has two portside VIPs belowdecks with double berths and en suite heads; the fourth stateroom is across from the VIPs with twin berths. In the five-stateroom setup, the aftermost VIP’s berth changes position from fore and aft to athwartships, and the head moves from starboard to port, opening up real estate for another stateroom with twin berths.

Ferretti Yachts 920

Modern Classic

The 920’s salon, including the formal dining area for eight, measures a roomy 320 square feet. Note how the recessed lighting, textured veneers and low-slung furniture give the space a thoroughly contemporary feel, without sacrificing a certain elegant Italian ambience.

Courtesy Ferretti Yachts

The design’s space also allows for a transom garage that folds out to form a teak beach, submerges to create a swim platform or acts as a slipway for the ­optional 13-foot Williams jet tender.

There is 564 square feet of flybridge entertainment space with four layout options that can include an L-shaped wet bar, C-shaped sofa with teak table, chaise-style lounges for tanning and a retractable hardtop for cooling off.

Ferretti Yachts 920

Sanctuary

The main-deck master’s berth appears to float. Recessing its base creates this illusion. The design enhances the room’s sense of volume and increases floor space. Low-profile furniture and hullside windows augment the perception of space too. Headroom is 6 feet 7 inches.

Courtesy Ferretti Yachts

The 920 is also designed for summer-long cruises with its warped-hull form. Three diesel options (twin 1,948, 2,217 or 2,435 hp MTUs) allow a cruise speed from 23 to 26 knots with a top-end from 26.5 to 30 knots, according to Ferretti Yachts. The 920’s range at cruising speed varies between 340 and 360 nautical miles.

In other words, owners have ­plenty of space to move on the water too.

The Aston Martin…Submarine ?

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Aston Martin is proud to announce a creative collaboration with Triton Submarines, the acclaimed manufacturer of state–of-the-art submersibles.

Codenamed Project Neptune, the venture marries Triton’s diving and operational expertise with Aston Martin’s design, materials, and craftsmanship. Overseen by Aston Martin Consulting, the partnership has shaped a unique concept that will lead to an exclusive, strictly-limited edition vehicle.

28 September 2017, Monaco: Aston Martin is proud to announce a creative collaboration with Triton Submarines LLC, the acclaimed manufacturer of state–of-the-art submersibles. Codenamed Project Neptune, the venture enables Aston Martin to further enhance and grow the brand into new aspects of the luxury world, with all the performance, beauty and elegance one has come to expect from the British marque.

Triton has unparalleled expertise in the design, manufacture and operation of submersibles for researchers, explorers and superyacht owners. Founded in Florida by L. Bruce Jones and Patrick Lahey, the team at Triton are committed to producing the safest and best performing, deep-diving submersibles in the world.

Project Neptune marries Triton’s diving and operational expertise with Aston Martin’s design, materials, and craftsmanship. Overseen by Aston Martin Consulting, the partnership has shaped a unique concept that will lead to an exclusive, strictly-limited edition vehicle. Project Neptune takes Triton’s acclaimed Low Profile (LP) three-person platform as a basis upon which to explore a new iteration of Aston Martin’s progressive design language.

Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and his team have transformed Triton’s compact LP platform, creating a vehicle with inherently beautiful proportions. ‘Project Neptune is defined by its sleek, elegant exterior,’ says Reichman, ‘we have used forms and proportions that express the same devotion to design, engineering and beauty that shape our cars, such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar project.’

Patrick Lahey, President of Triton Submarines LLC said: “We have always admired Aston Martin. The marque represents a deeply held passion for technology, engineering and timeless, elegant design. From our first interaction, it was apparent that Triton and Aston Martin were natural partners and our complimentary values will be realised in this truly exciting project.”

Aston Martin Consulting provides design, engineering and manufacturing services to select industries, distilling the brand’s essence into exciting new projects without compromising Aston Martin’s fundamental qualities. Aston Martin Consulting draws upon the exceptional skills of Aston Martin’s design and engineering teams, creating credible partnerships that go beyond the automotive sector and yet still demonstrate the love of innovation, beauty and craftsmanship.

Aston Martin Consulting Managing Director, Bradley Yorke-Biggs said: ‘Project Neptune is a flagship project for Aston Martin Consulting. It is a clear and engaging demonstration of how Aston Martin’s expertise in sports car design and craftsmanship can be extended into new aspects of the luxury world.”

ENQUIRE: www.astonmartin.com/projectneptune

Flying Flipper’s Superfly GT 42

Flying Flipper, a Scandinavian boatbuilder with a memorable name, launched its Superfly GT 42 recently at the Cannes Yachting Festival.

The 42-foot-8-inch, high-performance vessel has power options ranging from twin 400 hp Mercury outboards up to triple 627 hp Seven Marines that should have this boat absolutely well, flying, through the water.

Superfly GT 42, Flying Flipper, RED Yacht Design

The boat’s cockpit has a table for alfresco dining that rises and lowers at the push of a button.

Courtesy Flying Flipper

Flying Flipper collaborated with Turkey-based RED Yacht Design and boat racer Sigurd Isaacson to create a sleek vessel with an air-step racing hull, for extra cushioning and control when she really gets up and goes.

The company also managed to incorporate lots of carbon fiber into the build to maximize strength while keeping weight down. Two cabins, forward and aft, down below make this boat able to handle overnights, but where we think she will really succeed is as a fast, sporty dayboat perfect for making a run to your favorite sandbar.

Superfly GT 42, Flying Flipper, RED Yacht Design

The dayboat’s salon and galley area has a carbon fiber countertop and table.

Courtesy Flying Flipper

Superfly GT 42, Flying Flipper, RED Yacht Design

The Superfly GT 42 has a double-berth master stateroom aft and a guest stateroom with two twin berths forward.

Courtesy Flying Flipper

World’s Largest Yachts

There are big yachts, and then there are megayachts. Check out the top 10 largest luxury yachts in the world.

10. Rising Sun

Rising Sun

Rising Sun: 452′ LOA

Courtesy Lürssen

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Everyone loves a good rivalry story. In the case of the 452-foot Rising Sun, launched in 2004, her story is about Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. These guys have been competing for years. When Allen ordered the 416-foot superyacht Octopus from the Lürsson yard in Germany, Ellison then placed an order for the 452-foot Rising Sun, which became the second-largest private yacht when he extended the hull from 387 feet during construction.

9. Al Salamah

Al Salamah

Al Salamah: 457′ LOA

Courtesy Lürssen

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Coming in at number 9 is another Lürssen build, the 457-foot Al SalamahAl Salamah was delivered in 1999 and then returned to Lürssen in 2007 for a refit. She is reportedly owned by Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia.

8. Yas

Yas

Yas: 462’7″ LOA

Courtesy Royal Netherlands Navy

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Yas was launched by the shipyard Abu Dhabi MAR in 2011 and measures 462 feet, 7 inches. Yas is a complete rebuild of a 1978 steel-hulled navy frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy.

7. El Horriya

El Horriya

El Horriya: 478′ LOA

Frederick K. Larkin via Flikr

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The oldest yacht in our top 10 list by far, the 478-foot El Horriya was originally built in 1865 as a royal yacht for the Khedive of Egypt. In her many years El Horriyahas had a number of refits, including two extensions. She is now under the care of the Egyptian Navy but seldom sailed in her role as Presidential Yacht.

6. Prince Abdulaziz

Prince Abdulaziz

Prince Abdulaziz: 482’4″

Courtesy Helsingør Værft

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Danish yard Helsingør Værft built Prince Abdulaziz in 1984 for the Saudi royal family. At 482 feet 4 inches, Prince Abdulaziz comes in as the 6th largest luxury yacht in the world and reportedly includes a mosque, movie theater and a fully equipped hospital.

5. Topaz

Topaz

Topaz: 483’2″ LOA

Courtesy Lürssen

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Lürssen sure keeps busy building massive superyachts. Just 10 inches longer than Prince AbdulazizTopaz comes in at number 5 with a length overall of 483 feet 2 inches.

4. Al Said

Al Said

Al Said: 508’6″ LOA

Courtesy Lürssen

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In case you didn’t notice, she has a helipad. And what you can’t see? Accommodations for 65 guests (plus a reported crew of 150), a movie theater and a concert hall for when your favorite orchestra swings by for a visit. Number 4 on the list of world’s largest luxury yachts is Al Saïd, yet another build by Lürssen. Al Saïd measures 508 feet 6 inches and was launched in 2008.

3. Dubai

Dubai

Dubai: 531’6″ LOA

Courtesy Blohm + Voss

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Dubai comes in at number three with a length overall of 531 feet 6 inches. Dubai, which has also gone by the names Platinum, Panhandle and Golden Star, got off to a slow start. Originally commissioned in 1996, the yacht was started by a partnership between Blohm + Voss and Lürssen but production was stalled for a number of years. She was finished in 2006 by Platinum Yachts after being bought by the government of Dubai, hence the new name. Among her many water toys, Dubai reportedly carries her own submarine.

2. Eclipse

Eclipse

Eclipse: 536′ LOA

Moshi Anahory via Flikr

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Blohm + Voss build Eclipse held the title of world’s largest luxury yacht from her launch in 2010 until April of 2013. She is 536 feet in length and has a top speed of 22 knots.

1. Azzam

Azzam

Azzam: 590’7″ LOA

Courtesy Lürssen

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At an astounding 590 feet 7 inches, Azzam overtook Eclipse as the world’s largest superyacht in April of 2013. With a total horsepower of 94,000, Azzam reportedly hit over 31 knots on her sea trials in the North Sea. The main salon alone is 95 feet long by 59 feet wide, with an open layout and no pillars. Azzam was built by Lürssen Yachts for an estimated 600 million dollars. The owner is believed to be Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates.