Andy Waugh unveils 175m superyacht concept Acionna

British yacht designer Andy Waugh has revealed his largest superyacht concept to date – the 175-metre (574-foot) Acionna.

A world-cruising superyacht inspired by Norwegian ferries and cruise liners, Acionna has been designed to dispel the myth that larger yachts are old-fashioned and bound by convention. She boasts contemporary styling inside and out, and her vast size has allowed Waugh to implement elegant lines and proportions.

The interior space on board is plentiful and can potentially accommodate a full-size squash court, helicopter hangar and a 20-metre indoor pool. Arranged over eight decks, a double-height main saloon would be equipped with panoramic curved glass, overlooking the main aft deck pool.

Waugh says the concept will be powered by hydrogen using a similar system currently being trialled in ferries and cruise ships. If the power used to manufacture the hydrogen is acquired from renewable energy sources, he suggests the yacht could be considered ‘zero impact’.

“Hydrogen propulsion currently makes the most sense with larger vessels requiring long range capability, however at present there are only a few marine hydrogen facilities in the planning stage,” Waugh commented.

“Until vessels like this one are built there will be no way to increase demand for hydrogen thereby breaking the chicken and egg stalemate of supply and demand. Building hydrogen facilities is not economic without the demand from numerous hydrogen powered vessels."

One of the unique features of Acionna is her stern pool, comprising a central ‘island’ of communal areas completely surrounded by the pool and accessed via a tunnel aft and a bridge forward. The pool flows constantly down the sloped transom, which can be used as a slide, and into a lower pool on the swim platform.

"The Acionna concept is for those who see themselves as trend setters and game changers - those who appreciate the zenith of luxury but also want to have a positive impact," Waugh added. 

For more information, visit Andy Waugh.

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