A 443-foot (135-meter) private yacht may have been the stuff of fantasies for decades. Although super-size superyachts are more common these days, a challenge remains. How can designers ensure that clients feel a connection to the sea, given the vast deck areas? Roberto Curtò Yacht & Design believes the answer is in its latest proposal, Project Sunrise.
Simply put, Project Sunrise is a long, low, and lean yacht. In fact, the studio purposely keeps the superstructure low-profile not only for aesthetics. It does so for performance, too. Quite unexpectedly, the yacht should be capable of speeds to 24 knots, according to the studio and SuperYachtsMonaco, which has been showing the proposal to clients. (Always expect the unexpected from the studio, which previously presented the avant-garde Hynosquid.) Besides the design having low wind resistance, it incorporates a wave-piercing hull, further aiding performance. Cruising speed should be 18 knots, and best range should be 6,000 nautical miles.
Featuring a massive beam of 62 feet (19 meters), Project Sunrise easily could feel disconnected from the natural surroundings. However, Roberto Curtò takes advantage of structural glass and large non-structural glass panes to make spaces airy. Additionally, he incorporates Japanese-inspired design elements, like slatted screens, to enhance the feeling. Cleverly, he further designed a water drop statue “dripping” down to the main-deck bar from a hole just above it. Notably, Curtò uses what’s known as the Kintsugi technique. It’s a centuries-old craft using lacquer and metal to repair broken ceramics, leaving a seam where the cracks were for a new, refined look.
Outside, meanwhile, Project Sunrise encourages feeling more connected to the sea in a few ways. For instance, both the bow and stern slope down toward the water. Each yields direct access to and from the sea, too. In fact, guests can drive PWCs right back in to their docking bay in the bow. Finally, a walking path rims the entire yacht, on each deck. This should be appealing regardless of whether the yacht has her full capacity of 22 guests (and 49 crew).
SuperYachtsMonaco continues to represent the project. Much of the design work is already done, including two alfresco pools and an indoor-outdoor pool. Curtò additionally has designed a private gym in the owners’ suite and a second gym for guests. Of course, the studio is seeking customers’ input to make Project Sunrise a reality.
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