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Future of Travel Vessels: Sustainable Superyacht and Aircraft Designs

Promisingly sustainable superyacht and aircraft designs that provide a glimpse of the future of travel and leisure.

Some may argue that half the thrill of travel is in the way you get there.  Or in the case of a superyacht, being on the luxury craft is the whole thrill.  Especially in the midst of a travel-halting pandemic, demand for boats and yachts have risen.  

This rise in demand and the pandemic itself has forced companies to look inward and have different emphases in their designs.  Quality over quantity is the familiar buzz phrase, especially with safety and sustainable prioritization.  

Some of the most inventive and unique designs has come out of not just the pandemic, but also these few years of sustainable innovation following the Paris agreement.   The futuristic designs of these commercial travel crafts not only look utopian, but they also likely reflect what travel technology will, and should look like.

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    Kurt Strand Florida Concept Yacht

    At approximately 161 metres long, this superyacht designed by Norwegian, Kurt Strand, will be among the top five longest superyachts in the world.  This is of course, the least of its feats – or should I say feet – as the sailing vessel will also be largely self-sufficient in energy.  

    This is possible due to the high-tech 80 metre tall wing sails of the Florida, which are retractable and made up of carbon fibre.  Covering the sails will be the latest state of the art solar panels that in the case of the lack of wind, help the superyacht produce electric power to fuel the vessel.  You would think that that is sufficient, but as a back-up to the lack of both wind and sun, are hydrogen fuel cells that run on hydrogen produced by the ship itself. The energy for hydrogen production will be from stored solar energy in the ship’s 5MW battery bank.  The ability for the ship to not only run on hydrogen propulsion, but also produced its own hydrogen is quite a leap in technology of the vast majority of superyachts.

    Besides the forward-looking technology, the Florida also has the luxury amenities that come with a projected to be $81million dollar Superyacht.  A helipad, large swimming pool, fitness center, spa, supercar garage, cinema, and beach club with a huge selection of tender boats, off-road vehicles, jet skis and water toys.  The interior is in coastal Florida Keys style, floors and carpentry are made of reclaimed wood, furniture out of recycled plastics and vegan leather.  A relatively guilt free luxury superyacht it would be once it is manufactured by 2026.  

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