When you think of a yacht, what comes to mind? How about an explorer yacht? Whatever you’re envisioning, chances are it looks nothing like Time. This 216-foot (66-meter) concept project from Henry Ward Design incorporates exceptionally different notions of what’s possible.
“Possible” is the key word. BMT Nigel Gee, collaborating with Henry Ward Design, confirms that Time can indeed be a reality. It also confirms she’s capable of trans-Pacific voyages. At 12 knots, Time should see a range of more than 5,000 nautical miles. The propulsion package (no brand specified) employs azimuthing drives and a total horsepower output of 4,023. That should also ensure a 15-knot cruise.
What sets Time apart is her flexibility in letting owners and guests enjoy their travels. A 59-foot-long (18-meter-long) “floating lodge” that forms part of the aft profile can actually detach. (See the shuttle-like craft heading back to the mothership in the image above. It’s in better detail below.) It can then transport you to waters too shallow for the mothership. The lodge can stay independent for several days due to a galley and two staterooms, plus a combination saloon and dining area. And lest we forget watersports, the lodge yields direct access for swimmers thanks to a fold-down aft section.
Watersports can be a big part of life aboard Time as a mothership, too. As the illustration at top shows, a significant-size pool forms when the floating lodge floats off. Fold-down bulwarks maximize usable space, to 2,045 square feet (190 square meters). Grab a cocktail from the bar just forward, or climb aboard one of the toys. The crew can bring around either of the two 28-foot (8.5-meter) tenders from the bow garage. Yes, Time situates the toys fully forward, due to the ample aft relaxation space.
Among the toys stowed there: a drone. Not the type for photos or videos, but a people-carrying one. (While passenger-drone regulations are not yet in place in most popular cruising areas, the technology to build these craft is already proven.) Henry Ward Design says four people can climb aboard the drone. Press a destination on the touchscreen display, and off you go; it operates autonomously.
Time doesn’t relegate all the excitement to her toys, of course. The uppermost deck of the seven in total is a “sky deck,” a viewing platform. Take in the sights day or night, soaking in the hot tub while you’re at it. You can treat yourself to a massage or thorough workout inside, too. Speaking of workouts, the support for the sky deck is a rock-climbing wall. Be sure to deliberately let go, splashing down into the 26-foot-long (8-meter-long) pool on the sundeck.
That pool, by the way, can double as a dance floor or other party area thanks to a cover. For cruising, though, Time accommodates eight in the owners’ party, in three VIPs plus the master suite all on the main deck.