Sinot Yacht Design & Architecture is once again previewing their Monaco Yacht Show presence with a radical new superyacht concept in the form of the 112-metre hydrogen superyacht Aqua. Aqua is developed for the forward-thinking owner with a futuristic design that is matched by a fully-operational liquid hydrogen and fuel cell technology power system, putting it on the cutting edge of what is possible at sea today. Photo: Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design
Inspired by the ocean, Aqua’s curvaceous exterior lines flow from the stern across a 360-degree viewing capsule and wheelhouse and gather at the bow area where a spectacular Aqua room gives guests views never before experienced at sea in ultimate luxury. The bulk of the guest areas are located forward in the ship where the largest volume culminates as the yacht tapers down aft towards the beach club. The aft deck features a grand staircase and central waterfall that creates an immediate wow factor when boarding at the stern.Photo: Sinot Yacht Architecture & DesignPhoto: Sinot Yacht Architecture & DesignPhoto: Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design
Inside, ceiling heights ranging from 2,8 to 3,8 metres create an open living experience with full-height windows lining the main pavillion area for an uninterrupted visual encounter. The private owner’s area comes with a large bathroom, dressing room and private spa section. A naturally-lit VIP suite located at the waterline near the stern is decorated in a detailed minimalist Japanese beach style that matches the interior throughout Aqua. Photo: Sinot Yacht Architecture & DesignPhoto: Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design
With health and wellness at its core, Aqua also carries her own hydro-massage room, yoga space and expansive workout area at water level. Photo: Sinot Yacht Architecture & DesignPhoto: Sinot Yacht Architecture & DesignPhoto: Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design
Powered by hydrogen, Aqua’s naval architecture and engineering aspects were developed by Lateral Naval Architects. The system runs on liquified hydrogen which is converted into electricity and distributed across the ship for use by the propulsion system and hotel services. A power management system stores the electrical power in large batteries to ensure that loads can always be met. This setup, which took the team of designers and engineers five months to develop, creates a near noise-free environment for ultimate guest comfort on board with minimal vibrations. “Our challenge was to implement fully operational liquid hydrogen and fuel cells in a true superyacht that is not only groundbreaking in technology, but also in design and esthetics,” comments designer Sander Sinot.Photo: Sinot Yacht Architecture & DesignPhoto: Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design
In terms of performance, clients can expect to cover a range of 3,750 nm and reach a top speed of 17 knots using PEM fuel cells as the source of power driving a contra-rotating propeller and twin Voith Scheider Prollers. "Reliability and safety are essential in our world,” added Sinot. “That's is why we emphasize that we implemented proven technology in a new appliance.”Photo: Sinot Yacht Architecture & DesignPhoto: Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design
A scale model of the design will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show next week. Photo: Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design
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