The industry is slowly – but surely – moving towards more sustainable propulsion and alternative means of reducing the carbon footprint of privately owned vessels, with the goal of creating models that can sail the seven seas without a negative impact on the same. Not all multi-millionaires are selfish or don't care about the environment, but the real push is coming from the shipyards themselves, striving to adapt new tech to decades-old craftsmanship for overall better results.
If we're to dream about an alternative future in which superyachts are greener but don't lose their aesthetic value or, more importantly to the owner, their fancy features, Flame would fit right in. Flame is a new concept by CentrolstileDesign, a 70-meter (230-foot) superyacht that brings together two opposing elements, fire and water, but only in concept, to create a new type of seafaring experience.
In most cases, concept superyachts never leave the page they're drawn on, and that's ok. Features or ideas integrated into them might be picked up at a later date in an actual build or be further explored in another concept that might see the light of day. At worst, they serve as fancy escapism: fleeting glimpses into a future that never happens, but awesome nonetheless.
We couldn't say what the future holds for Flame, but it does make for a nice escape from the daily rut.
By comparison, Flame isn't anchored in the past but is strictly a creation of the future.
It's a striking superyacht that sits very low to the waterline and features a superstructure almost completely closed off, with sharp angles and unexpected curves that create an instantly recognizable silhouette. Safe to say, should Flame be a real vessel, chances of seeing it in motion and not knowing what it was would be nil.
"From the very first sketches, Flame has been perceived with the intention to give up to easy compromises between space and form," the designers say in a statement to one trade publication. "[Flame] allows for clean and decisive lines to flow freely from the bow to the stern volume, where the living areas of this yacht are concentrated."
The striking exterior features an interior to match, favoring open flowing spaces, minimalism, and understated luxury features. The bad news is that the interior hasn't been rendered yet, so we'll just have to use imagination for it. CentrolstileDesign notes that there will be plenty of outdoor and indoor areas for socializing and relaxation.
Other notable features of Flame include the most spectacular (but fictional) beach club, framed on either side by large openings that create vertical spaces that allow for panoramic views, a pool aft, a helipad at the bow, and a flydeck that is almost entirely glass.
Details regarding propulsion, range, performance, or guest capacity are not available as of this writing, but that doesn't mean you should lose hope.
With some concept studies, and solely on the condition that they generate enough interest, the studio might further develop them down to the most minute detail, like the exact layout of the sleeping quarters. If Flame gets the right reaction, it might live to be more than just a silhouette on the virtual page.