However, this could become one of the main selling points in the future, as customers seem to be more interested in supporting eco-friendly options when they charter a yacht. It will no longer be just about the luxury, but also about how green that luxury is.
One of the yachts that are ready to set an example in this sense is Lammouche. A 2010 Sanlorenzo yacht, the 144-footer (44 meters) is a popular charter vessel in the Croatian coast. It welcomes up to ten guests and spoils them with luxuries such as a generous jacuzzi on the sun deck, an ultra-modern beach club with gym equipment, and elegant cabins.
Starting now, Lammouche comes with an extra perk. Instead of conventional diesel, it will run on HVO Cristal Power XTL 100, an alternative fuel produced by Fioul 83. This biofuel is made of used cooking oil, which is then treated and mixed with fresh cooking oil, resulting in a drop-in fuel, meaning that it can be used without any modification in current diesel engines.
Although switching to HVO means that Lammouche will be even more expensive to refuel, its owner agreed with this decision, Superyacht Times reports. It’s not surprising, considering that the alleged owner happens to be a billionaire – Ayman Asfari is the founder of a large service provider in the oil and gas industry.
This change will make Lammouche eco-friendlier, at around $200,000 per week for charter customers. Soon, many other luxury yachts could follow the example.