Feadship Is Gearing Up To Take the Wraps Off New Sustainable Yacht Concept 'Dunes'

Yacht builders are making significant progress in their quest to lessen the industry's ecological footprint through innovative new technologies and green initiatives that help reduce fuel consumption. Netherlands-based shipbuilder Feadship is also making strides in its carbon offsetting efforts by striving to design and build yachts in the most eco-friendly way possible.
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The upcoming 2023 Monaco Yacht Show, which is set to take place between September 27 - 30, is a great place to reveal innovative designs and cutting-edge technology, and Feadship plans to do just that. The renowned shipyard will showcase its latest concept design called "Dunes” at the highly anticipated event, showcasing how clever exterior design can be leveraged to significantly reduce a yacht's energy needs and capture wind and solar energy almost invisibly.

Dunes is the twelfth concept design developed by Feadship in its ambitious roadmap towards carbon neutrality. Just like the previous designs revealed by the company, this new conceptual yacht is not only futuristic but also feasible and ready for construction discussions today.

Sustainability was the designers' main concern when creating this vessel, which is envisioned with a "low impact" steel hull and aluminum and wood superstructure, reducing carbon emissions by 50-70%. In terms of propulsion, Dunes would be equipped with a highly efficient electric propulsion system by ABB called Dynafin. It will also use groundbreaking solid oxide fuel cells powered by green methanol, which offer a low-pollution technology to generate electricity onboard.

The exterior design was signed off by Studio De Voogt, and in terms of styling, the new yacht is said to be defined by flowing lines reminiscent of sand dunes, hence its name.

"Studio De Voogt was inspired by the shapes sculpted by the forces of nature; drifting snow, water, and sand. Noticing how sand dunes are timeless, yet ever changing gave the designers new ideas about line, flow, and adaptability," Feadship explained.

Various factors were taken into account when designing this conceptual yacht, such as large overhangs to shade windows and minimize cooling requirements, next-generation storage batteries, and the elimination of teak decks. Instead of the teak decking, Feadship envisions Dunes with decks crafted from millions of tiny glass or stone chips, sealed in a transparent aliphatic polyurethane resin to give the topsides their usual glimmer. Alfresco spaces are also imagined as islands, clad in eco-conscious materials like maple wood.

In terms of accommodation, Dunes will feature a six-stateroom configuration, ready to welcome up to twelve guests. All the guest cabins are situated in closer vicinity to guest amenities such as the pool deck, dining spaces, and spa areas, the regularly enjoyed leisure areas. Like most of today's luxury yachts, the owner will benefit from a private deck, while guests will be able to take in spectacular views of the surrounding seascape on the Pavilion deck.

A standout feature of this concept design is the walk-around decks that offer unique circulation routes around the superyacht. The designers' exquisite attention to detail is also noticeable in the inclusion of special features like pop-up seating areas, surprise small pools and recessed bow seating.

Designers Thijs Orth and Tanno Weeda will be present on-site at the Monaco Yacht Show and, together with specialist Bram Jongepier, will offer more details about the fresh concept and explain the technologies incorporated into its design.

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Editor's note: The image gallery includes photos of Feadship's previous concept design Pure

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