If you’re attending next week’s Monaco Yacht Show, stop by Icon Yachts to get a look at the model for Britannia, this 85-meter (279-foot) megayacht concept. She’s the result of Icon Yachts collaborating with H2 Yacht Design for styling and interior design and Laurent Giles Naval Architects for engineering input.
In examining Britannia’s lines, you’ll see a blend of thoroughly modern elements and classic ones. The swath of superstructure that flows from the megayacht’s top deck to the main deck lends drama, as does the vertical bow. “Our aim was to produce a design with wide market appeal and character to make it individual and be recognizable as an Icon product,” explains Jonny Horsfield, H2 Yacht Design’s founder.
Icon Yachts and H2 Yacht Design are leaving interior decor and the general arrangement to the owner’s choice. Given the 14.5-meter (nearly 48-foot) beam, lounges, lobbies, staterooms, and more should benefit from plenty of elbowroom. Among the suggested features that Icon Yachts and H2 Yacht Design are recommending are a glass-enclosed elevator and circular dining area, the latter surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. Another feature owners may wish to keep: a glass-bottom Jacuzzi tub, which filters light down to the bridge deck. An extra Jacuzzi tub is in the beach club, which further can contain a traditional sauna and a hamam (Turkish sauna).
Accommodations are available for upwards of 18 to 20 guests, depending on needs, for a maximum capacity of 24, including the owner. Alternately, they’re offering a scaled-down, 12-person arrangement, which no doubt will translate to capacious cabins, particularly for the owner. Either way, the VIP stateroom is recommended to be on the main deck, with balconies, and the master suite is located up one level, complete with a skylight. A crew complement of 25 is also suggested. They’ll appreciate a dedicated supply-loading area on the lower deck, with a shell door.
Icon Yachts further suggests employing diesel-electric propulsion, which it says should result in a 19-knot top speed and 16-knot cruise speed. At the latter speed, range should be 6,000 nautical miles, putting any shore within reach. When anchored out, two limousine tenders will shuttle guests back and forth, and an array of watertoys will be at their disposal. Icon Yachts envisions the typical PWCs plus inflatable kayaks, windsurfers, scuba gear, and kitesurfers.