Strand Craft Design unveils 160m ‘superyacht of the future’


Norwegian studio Strand Craft Design, based in Florida, has unveiled its latest concept; the 160m sailing superyacht Florida.

Strand, which places renewable energy sources at the center of the design, called the concept the “superyacht of the future”. The key to this is the “space age technology” wing masts.

Constructed of carbon fiber, these three masts deploy 80m high wing sails covered with solar panels, which automatically tilt to catch the sun and allow the yacht to operate in “solar sail” mode in conditions of weak wind.

In windier conditions, the yacht takes full advantage of its sails while producing electrical power from solar panels which are stored in the battery bank and used for the production of hydrogen on board.

The yacht is also fitted with hydroelectric generators, which generate electricity when the yacht is under sail. In wind and sunless conditions the yacht can run on hydrogen fuel cells and is also equipped with a backup Genset system.

According to the designer, the yacht will produce more power than it consumes under ideal weather conditions.

Elsewhere, Florida is packed with high-end superyacht features, including a helipad on the foredeck, a pool in the back, and a beach club on the lower deck. The garage is large enough to store a selection of dinghies, including an amphibious and submersible dinghy, and a selection of all-terrain vehicles, jet skis and water toys.

The “Florida Keys style” interior design continues the eco-design theme, with interior floors and carpentry constructed from reclaimed wood, vegan leather, and furniture made from recycled plastics.

It comes after Strand Craft Design revealed the 135m superyacht California concept and 122m exploration yacht Aurora Borealis.

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