Convinced contemporary megayachts are too compartmentalized, especially for the new generation of buyers, ThirtyC came up with Komodo. This 174-footer (53-meter) may seem like just another sleek superyacht. However, she has a sliding roof, among other features, that truly open up a world of possibilities.
ThirtyC is just three years old. But, studio directors Rob Armstrong and Alastair Fletcher each have yachting experience under their belts. Both, for instance, previously worked for Ken Freivokh Design. Armstrong additionally worked for Pascoe International. Fletcher, meanwhile, was additionally part of the Terence Disdale Design team.
In analyzing the megayacht market, ThirtyC saw a lack of designs made for how more people prefer to live today. Komodo’s design started with enhancing that experience. Fletcher explains that “removing tired or formal boundaries associated with compartmentalized living” was important. So, for example, the megayacht has a glass roof, further sliding back. When open, the roof reveals a viewing platform, for day or night enjoyment. In addition, the glass roof panels flow all the way aft along the superstructure. These features spring from a desire to bring in abundant natural light—plus add stylistic sophistication.
More light, and sophistication, await inside. Komodo boasts a two-deck-high atrium within her glass superstructure. Stairs connect the saloon and a bar to the mezzanine level. Up there, close to the viewing platform, formal dining takes place. Given the 28-foot (8.7-meter) beam, the sensation should be dramatic.
Meant for an owner’s party of 10, Komodo can be customized. However, ThirtyC is confident clients will like its ideas for a beach club, a cinema, and multiple balconies. The design also calls for a gym on the lower deck, with a fold-down balcony, too. On a related note, if it’s not in use, the 10-person crew (plus captain) could use the open hatch as a handy provisions-loading area.
ThirtyC says various propulsion options are possible. While it doesn’t specify range or speeds, it does say traditional diesels or battery-reliant arrangements can go aboard. Regardless of selection, you can access relatively shallow waters. Komodo draws 7’5” (2.3 meters). Once at your destination, the crew can launch the toys from the garage—again, offering choice. Equip the yacht with typical tenders, or request a redesign for a personal sub, even a folding biplane.