She’s not a motoryacht, and she’s not a sailing yacht. She can use both sails and engine power simultaneously, rather than just one or the other, for propulsion.
Permitting Project Atlas to use engine power—specifically, a single diesel-electric motor—and sails combined means lower fuel consumption, of course. And at 361 feet (110 meters) LOA, this means a significant fuel capacity that can be preserved. The teams from H2 and Laurent Giles state that, employing both the engine and sails, Project Atlas should consume 40 to 60 percent less fuel at 14 knots than a similarly sized megayacht operating solely under diesel power.
Fuel savings further translates to increased range. Even under just the diesel-electric motor, Project Atlas should see an 8,000-nautical-mile range and achieve 18 knots.
Rising five decks high, Project Atlas naturally will be left to an owner to decide the general arrangement. Regardless, the more motoryacht-like body style permits voluminous spaces both inside and out. H2 and Laurent Giles have incorporated typically appealing features like hot tubs (a handful, at that), spacious sunning decks, and alfresco dining and relaxation spaces that a client certainly would want to preserve.
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