The British design studios BMT Nigel Gee and Oliver Stacey Design, have revealed a new Viking-inspired superyacht concept measuring 80m.
Named Norse and measuring 80m, the yacht is designed to explore remote destinations around the world on epic voyages. According to Oliver Stacey, inspiration for Norse comes from the Vikings’ adventurous spirit and extensive range and endurance of their long boats.
As Stacey explained, “When we were initially looking for a conceptual thread for the design, I had recently seen the Viking Voyagers exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.”
Norse will be a motoryacht, assisted by sails and with a hybrid propulsion system which will be able to take over when in an area of low winds.
Her sail plan features three identical wing masts, combined with in-boom furling mainsails, designed to maximise reliability and flexibility. Norse also features a low draught for her size, and a long, robust keel allowing access to shallow bays and remote anchorages. Norse is also able to carry a range of tenders and toys, including a seaplane.
James Roy, design director at BMT Nigel Gee commented, “Despite outward appearances, this is not a sailing yacht; at a time when hybrid is a buzzword in our industry, we couldn’t move away from the unmistakeable truth that sail assistance is the ultimate hybrid.”