on 1 Mar 2023
Italian design studio Lazzarini has unveiled an impressive hydrofoil concept, The Plectrum, with a top speed of 75 knots.
Measuring 243-feet, the yacht concept’s dimensions would make it the world’s largest hydrofoil and one capable of virtually flying above the water, whipped along by a trip of hydrogen-powered motors rated at 5,000hp each, and lifted partially out of the water by a pair of ‘wings’.
Hydrofoils are nothing new, as the design agency likes to point out: “We like to remember that in 1964, shipbuilding was already capable of similar vessel construction,” the studio, which has lent is creative streak to everything from aerospace concepts to consumer products, said in a statement. “This different superyacht configuration will allow much faster travel than conventional ships of a similar size.”
With a sleep, futuristic design inspired by Prada’s 2023 America’s Cup foiling monohull yacht, considered among the fastest vessels to ever enter the race, The Plectrum would feature a lightweight carbon and composite body. Within, the yacht would cater to 14 guests with six bedrooms and an owner’s cabin as well as sleek interiors.
Beyond, guests would be able to enjoy an expansive main deck with a pool and lounge area, while the yacht would also boast a bow helipad, a sizeable beach club, and ample space for a duo of tenders and a stable of toys, including cars that can be stored in a rear garage.
Add in an equally striking colour scheme and you have a yacht that just might be worth every one of the approximately US$87 million dollars The Plectrum is priced at.
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