Superyacht concepts aren't just a way to idly pass the time. Whenever a major studio design does one, it's usually because they're exploring new possibilities in terms of general design, layout, or propulsion or because they're trying to think of new ways to force innovation. Most of these concepts never make it past the design stage, it's true, but features explored in them can – and occasionally do – make their way into other projects that get turned into real builds.
Conceptual yacht design, whether subversive innovation or exploration of unexpected possibilities, does have a very specific purpose. In the case of the Decadence study, revealed to the public earlier this week, it's that of showing the potential of a new type of hull Waugh calls SWATH.
Decadence looks like the love child of a vintage racer with a modern airplane, transposed into an alternate future, and that's not a bad thing. But the best thing about it, according to the designer, is that this new type of twin hull would bring enhanced comfort under operation and in docking, improved safety, and better efficiency, which would translate into a reduced carbon footprint. Decadence would still be a luxury superyacht worthy of the name, but it would have better green credentials and reduced running costs. Even those who swim in money must love the idea of saving some cash!
Because of the unique twin hulls and the way they connect to the body, Waugh estimates a 70% reduction in pitch and roll movements as compared to a typical monohull. As a standard, cats are far more stable and comfy than monohull counterparts, but Decadence would be doubly so. A "radical” but unspecified propulsion system, combined with the hull design, would increase efficiency, reducing the refueling frequency by 30%. The inflatable wing sails shown in some renders would also work to enhance efficiency while under operation and cut down reliance on fossil fuels.
The technical areas and the crew would be located in the outer hulls and the sponsons, leaving the main hull exclusively for the use of the guests. This clear separation would create a sense of privacy onboard, which is the number one thing multi-millionaires are looking for when shopping for a boat this size.
Two 14-meter (46-foot) chase boat tenders from Skyline Yachts, one enclosed and the other an open-deck, would offer shuttle services for guests, extra entertainment options, or double as resupply vessels. Thanks to its draft, Decadence would be able to get closer to the shore than other vessels, while docking in bad weather wouldn't be an issue because all decks would come with a fully enclosable exterior area. In bad weather, Decadence would go inside its protective shell, weathering whatever Mother Nature would throw at it.