JQB Design Proposes Hybrid-Powered Project

While the design is still preliminary, this hybrid-powered superyacht from the JQB Design studio could come to an ocean near you.

The Seattle-based studio has recently publicized a few concept designs via social media. All, including this 295-footer (90-meter), can become real yachts, according to general manager Chris Barnett. “JQB Design is focused on developing ‘buildable’ designs based on current and emerging technology,” he explains.

Lead designer Michael Givens is responsible for the concept. The trideck has an extended, unbroken sheerline, looking long and lean. Aiding in this regard is the “sensible superstructure,” in the studio’s words, too.

Though the styling may stand the test of time, the amenities are very much modern. Floor-to-ceiling windows characterize the staterooms. They’re all on the main deck as well. Putting them here lends an extra level of luxury, the studio says. In addition, this hybrid-powered project can boast a nearly 46-foot (14-meter) beam. That should indulge the senses of the owners and guests just as much.

However, the hybrid aspect of the proposal is getting as much interest as the looks and dimensions. The diesel-electric propulsion system can come with either traditional shafts and propellers or azipods. Azipulls are yet another possibility. Azipulls are azimuthing thrusters well proven aboard commercial vessels for more than a decade. They employ a pulling propeller (versus a pushing one) and are more efficient than conventional azimuthing thrusters.

Regardless of propeller setup, JQB Design forsees the hybrid-powered yacht cruising long distances. Naturally, the hull form and overall design will keep sound and vibration as low as possible. Furthermore, JQB Design is paying close attention to evolving battery-storage and distribution technology. This way, the studio can optimize the so-called hotel load as well as propulsion options if a client commissions the design.

JQB Design will share more details about the 13-foot-draft (4-meter-draft) concept as it progresses.

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