Luxury yacht builders are always pushing the envelope, continually innovating, trying to outclass the competition. Sometimes that results in bigger, faster, quieter, or more fuel-efficient yachts. And sometimes it results in a completely new look, something that’s never been seen before, that’s only been conceived in a designer’s brain, until someone green lights the ambitious project.
Of all the current yachts for sale around the world, we searched for and found three of the most futuristic consumer vessels available now. Interested in previewing and sea-trialing any of these boundary-pushers? In the meantime, read on to learn more about these three incredibly unique, powerful, head-turning luxury yachts: the Foiler from Enata Marine; the Lexus 65’ Sports Yacht; and the Mercedes Benz-inspired Arrow460-Granturismo.
Hydro-foiling is fast becoming popular in all types of water sports, such as surfing, kite surfing, wakeboarding, and paddle boarding. While foils have been used in various boating capacities, such as sailboats, large passenger vessels, racing boats, or navy boats, they’re starting to make regular appearances in the luxury yacht world.
Princess Yachts recently launched their R35 Performance Sports Yachts which features their custom Active Foil System. Taking it even further is Enata Marine’s Foiler, dubbed The Flying Yacht. Her innovative design with four foils lifts the boat 1.5 meters out of the water, above the waves, ensuring the smoothest of rides even at 40 knots in choppy seas.
Constructed entirely from carbon fiber, the Foiler effortlessly combines comfort, luxury, efficiency, speed, and striking design. She is also incredibly easy to operate and maneuver, handling like a super car, with the ability to execute fast precise turns.
Switching between Fly Mode (foils out) and Float Mode (foils retracted) is as simple as the push of a button and takes only seconds, as she easily switches from sexy, sleek luxury tender to a flying yacht in seconds. She also features Garage Mode, in which the yacht folds down to fit into almost any superyacht garage.
Lexus 65’ Sport Yacht
Unlike the one-off 42’ concept cruiser Lexus (yes, the car company) unveiled in early 2017 that was never available to the public, the new 65’ ultra-luxury sport yacht announced in early 2018 will be for sale and should be available in the latter half of 2019.
The sleek, powerful 65-footer will have enough entertainment room for 15 guests and will be powered by twin 5.0-litre V8s that can produce 885hp capacity and a top speed of 49 mph.
As you’d expect, the yacht will feature some high-tech Lexus features, such as the Mobility Services Platform that provides smartphone integration, diagnostics, and maintenance (more technical details are expected to be announced soon).
The yacht’s look is expected to borrow heavily from the ultra-modern, sleek 42’ concept. Featuring unabashed Lexus-influenced design, the yacht will be engineered by the Marine Division of Toyota and manufactured by Marquis-Carver Yacht Group out of Wisconsin.
Luxury, high-end auto makers dabbling in boat production is nothing new, with the likes of Porsche, Aston Martin, Bugatti, and the aforementioned Lexus dipping their toes in the water. But one of the most consistent is Mercedes Benz, albeit it’s been on the high-performance racing side via a partnership between Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing Team.
The Arrow460was to be something never before seen or experienced. It comes from collaboration between new shipyard Silver Arrows Marine and Mercedes-Benz Style, with expert input from naval architect Martin Francis, designer Tommaso Spadolini, and Van Oossanen Naval Architects.
Mercedes-Benz Style’s Advanced Design Centre on Italy’s Lake Como led the design; a full-scale prototype of the Med-style day cruiser was built and tested in Turkey.
Some of the innovative marine engineering and design includes built-in sunbeds, walk-round access, open cabin, and rear platform. Mercedes began suggesting innovative features such as electric windows, a disappearing swim platform, and a vanishing bed and table. A pop-up salon roof and other features were added. The engineers and designers made full use of the 14 meters (46’), using advanced R&D to be as creative and efficient with the space as possible.
They also made sure she runs like a high-performance Mercedes, using twin Yanmar Direct Injection Common Rail diesel engines to produce 880hp.
Just the Beginning
Looking ahead, expect to see more innovative futuristic yachts as these as builders continue to push what’s possible and form unique partnership to keep advancing the industry.