Lots of creative concept megayacht projects are being shopped around these days. Some are sleek, others traditional, and some are just plain huge. How huge? The megayacht concepts on the following list are all in the 250-foot and up range.
These six superyachts are the largest concepts actively for sale, for any owner to bring to any shipyard. (While there are larger concept projects, they’re ones that are already attached to a specific shipyard.) “Actively for sale” means the project is listed on the major yacht-sales websites, like YachtWorld.com and YachtCouncil.com. Furthermore, even though some concepts are indeed listed by brokers, they lack detailed specifications. Not the ones showcased here. These concept projects come with plenty of details on layout and performance parameters, making them more likely to attract interest.
1. Unnamed 435-footer. Listed on YachtWorld.com for $295 million, this project (pictured) bears a more-than-remarkable resemblance to the famous yacht Kingdom 5KR. An American commissioned it but later changed his mind. Since the design team retained the rights to the project, the principals hired Killian Yacht & Ship Brokers as the exclusive marketing and sales agent, to attract interested parties. Noteworthy details include an anticipated 23-knot top speed and 20-knot cruising speed, thanks to twin 4,025-hp MTU 20V engines. A crew of 30 and just 12 in the owner’s party are to be accommodated, too, making for an excellent crew-to-guest ratio.
2. 405-foot Mulder Design P967. If a contract is signed today, the earliest this can be built is 2013, at a cost of €159.5 million (about $230 million). Frank Mulder of Mulder Design has designed many megayachts over the years, but none as large as this. She boasts a main-deck master suite that has its own private cinema, saloon, and gym. It also includes a cabin for a personal assistant/bodyguard, or alternately kids. The guests are treated to 10 VIP suites spread over different decks. The anticipated 16,000-nautical-mile range means nowhere on earth is out of reach.
3. Cupid. At 360’11”, Cupid is way more than a cherub. She’s from the drawing boards of Laurent Giles Naval Architects and listed at $195 million. Sixteen crew cabins accommodate 26 crewmembers, and 15 staterooms accommodate 34 in the owner’s party, clearly with some pullmans in the mix. More interesting, though, Cupid calls for 4-meter-high (13-foot-high) public spaces, a three-deck-tall waterfall, and a drive-in tender garage capable of holding a 23-meter (78-foot) “toy.” When that tender is out and about, guests back onboard will still have 10 PWCs at their disposal. A spa, a pool, and a theater are also featured.
4. Miss Tor 270. Miss Tor is Miss Tor Yachts, a line of steel-hulled yachts built at Turkey-based Orucoglu Shipyard. Denison Yacht Sales in the USA is the builder’s worldwide representative. Orucoglu has built five yachts for Miss Tor Yachts thus far. For €42.99 million (about $62 million), this 270-footer can be built, and in 20 to 24 months’ time. An in-house design firm, run by a handful of Italian artisans, is at owners’ disposal, though naturally the yard welcomes outside designers, too. The suggested general arrangement features a two-level master and two-level guest staterooms for 12 people, an unusual approach. The lower level for each includes an office and lounge, while the upper level is the bedroom. There’s also an indoor pool on the lower deck and an infinity pool on the main aft deck.
5. Oculus. Kevin Schöpfer of Schöpfer Yachts conceived Oculus (above) purposely to be different: “I thought, ‘How do we break the mold a little?’” An architect (not naval architect) by training, Schöpfer partnered with Sparkman & Stephens to ensure that his 250-foot concept yacht would be able to be brought to fruition. The curvy styling is inspired by the jaw and eye socket of large oceanic fish and mammals. The rounded theme extends throughout the interior, where you’ll find a cylindrical dining room and curved elevator. Preliminary costs: $95 million.
6. 246-foot Evolution Yachts Global Explorer. Doug Sharp of Sharp Design designed this rugged beauty, which blends what he believes are the best attributes of expedition/shadow boats and luxury yachts. While pricing isn’t available, other details are. Eighteen guests and an equal number of crew are accommodated in “six star comfort” (quite the statement). The full-beam master showcases a saloon adjacent to the sleeping area, separated by a partial wall and illuminated by a large skylight. A mini armada of toys can be toted and stowed in a special tender bay, including a 52-foot sportfisherman and an off-road vehicle.