A private yacht is, of course, completely under the control of her owners. For cruisers with heightened security concerns, though, this may not be enough. T. Fotiadis Design proposes a solution with Ultra2, a 312-footer (95-meter) containing a safe room and additional physical, cyber, and human security oversight by a global specialist. Ultra2 further incorporates a diesel-electric propulsion system, with methanol fuel cells for feeding the batteries.
The studio, which designed Stormbreaker for contract, believes strongly in shifting to cleaner energy. Notably, methanol doesn’t produce emissions, plus doesn’t adversely react to freezing temperatures. The fuel cells are quiet, too. Additionally, methanol fuel cells are already in the marine industry. The Ultra2 concept will see the methanol fuel cells directly charge the puffer batteries, especially at low cruising speeds or during port maneuvers. All-electric Azipods combine with the Caterpillar diesel-electric system for traditional cruising. T. Fotiadis Design anticipates a maximum 16-knot speed and 14-knot cruising speed.
The safe room, however, may be the bigger attention-getter. The 4,450-gross-ton Ultra2 concept puts it within the master suite, as a secure meeting space. UK-based PDP Projects is taking care of its design and creation. Plus, global-security company Romeo Foxtrot is lined up to monitor security during construction. Furthermore, that firm will train the 26-person crew. Security specialists will tell you that even among well-intentioned professionals, the human element is often the weak point.
Meanwhile, Ultra2 does not overlook the luxury accoutrements. The megayacht features two pools and a hot tub, plus an IMAX cinema. The 14-person owners’ party can enjoy beach-landing tenders, expedition RIBs, SeaBobs, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and more toys, too. Staterooms, saloons, and other relaxation areas amid the 47-foot (14.2-meter) beam are, understandably, entirely custom, with T. Fotiadis Design retaining Dahlgren Duck as the luxury-goods supplier.
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