Hidden Portside actually published the concept in early 2020, and it went on to win several industry accolades, including second place in the Rossinavi Design Challenge and being shortlisted for the Concept Over 40 Meters Award in The International Yacht and Aviation Awards 2020. In May this year, the studio announced that the project was “closer to becoming a reality” thanks to a partnership with Italian shipyard Rossinavi.
So what exactly is this intriguing design that, according to the headline, comes to disrupt all previously held notions of space on board a yacht? “Naboo represents another lifestyle, in which sustainability is a mindset, preserving the beauty and elegance of the past while relying on the innovation of the future,” Hidden Portside says in a statement to Boat International.
Named after the bountiful planet of the same name from the Star Wars universe, Naboo the superyacht is flush with greenery. The idea might seem strange – trees at sea, who needs them?! – but it’s one that’s slowly catching on with yacht designers and which will most likely make the transition to reality soon. Naboo’s three decks are connected by a large vertical garden, which starts at the beach club, inside the 95-square-meter (1,022-square-foot) Inner Patio, and ends two decks above. There is no sundeck here because solar panels take up the space.
Another way in which Naboo disrupts space is by overthrowing expectations. For instance, spaces that should be enclosed, like the mid-ship lounge and beach club, are exposed, and spaces that should be open, like the rear deck, are enclosed. This and the flowing, sinuous lines both inside and out create a most striking silhouette.
Accommodation on board is for ten guests in four VIP suites and the owner’s suite, with a crew of eight housed in quarters below deck. A separate galley is available here for the exclusive use of the crew.
As noted above, Naboo is designed with a focus on sustainability and incredible amenities: we’ve only covered the latter so far. As for the former, it’s achieved through electric propulsion, for one. Despite its size and seemingly ample volume, Naboo can sail without a carbon footprint, since it’s powered by electric motors, with solar panels on the sundeck to top up the batteries while under sail.
Sustainable materials will be used throughout the build, when and if it’s ever undertaken: recycled aluminum and synthetic teak for the hull and superstructure, and the deck. Air conditioning use will be mitigated through PCM (Phase Change Materials), smart materials in the interior walls that emit or absorb heat epending on the atmosphere temperature. Ultra-reflective metallic paint on the superstructure will also help reflect heat, regulating interior temperature.