Feadship has revealed its latest design concept for an Eco-Explorer. The Dutch builders have teamed up with Merveille Yachting in order to design the eco-friendly sailing yacht concept, which features an automated wing propulsion system, a spacious interior, a beach club aft and a 15-metre swimming pool. Photo: FeadshipThe impressive new plans include self-generation via wind and underwater turbines as well as solar panels. The yacht features a mast system with wings, said to be twice as powerful as a regular sailing yacht rig. These wings are automatically operated by computers that take all conditions into account when sailing.Photo: FeadshipFeadship say the wind component as well as her engines makes Eco-Explorer the perfect superyacht for owners who love to sail but don’t like the heeling of a sailing boat and their modest speeds. The Eco-Explorer is built to reach up to 18 knots on wind power alone and hit top speeds of over 20 knots.Photo: Feadship The lightweight yacht will require less fuel because of her wings and underwater turbines which help generate kinetic energy along with power from her wind turbines on top of the masts and swatches of solar panels.Photo: FeadshipShe also provides guests with the reduced need for air conditioning thanks to her tubular structures in her design to allow for better air circulation. Fresh air coming in through the bow and stern lowers any required air conditioning by up to four degrees. Photo: FeadshipIn sum, this saves around one-third of her total energy. With a beam of 17 metres, the hull shape has been calculated on the yard’s ideals learnt from offshore racing yachts. The builders say their design will result in fast, safe and comfortable journeys, almost unaffected by the waves. Feadship estimates that their new Eco-Explorer concept would use between 50 and 70 percent less fossil fuel than an equivalent boat. It plans to also have at least three times the range and even more when the wind allows.
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