There have been rumours circulating that billionaire Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, has bought the 112-metre (370-foot) superyacht, Aqua. However, these articles are ‘factually incorrect’ and the superyacht is still available for purchase. Dutch superyacht designer Sinot states it is not in business with Gates, and the hydrogen concept is ‘not linked to Mr Gates or his representatives in any form or matter.’
The magnificent vessel, powered by liquid hydrogen, is nothing shy of £500 million (€589m) and meets expectations to be the most luxurious eco-conscious superyacht to grace the seas. She is a concept that is under development, and was revealed at the Monaco yacht show 2019.
Sinot is the brains behind the architectural design of the sustainable superyacht Aqua. It is to illustrate how technology can work hand in hand with sustainable luxury, by featuring a beautifully futuristic wheelhouse, a valiant central staircase with water feature and two entertainment areas, as well as a spa centre with a yoga studio, gym, beauty room and a massage parlour.
The exterior has been designed to sit with closest proximity to the water, so swimming in the infinity pool allows cruisers to enjoy the optical illusion experience of accessing the water at sea level. Aqua provides accommodation for 14 guests and 31 crew members, and even keeps vacationers warm on the sun deck with gel-based fire bowls instead of the usual burning of coal or wood.
Aqua will have a 17-knot (19.6mph) top speed meaning she is not the swiftest superyacht, but boasts a 3,750-mile range, so crossing oceans will not be a problem. The power behind the superyacht is sourced from two 1MW motors fuelled by super-cooled hydrogen tanks, however because dockside hydrogen filling stations are rare, Aqua has a diesel engine for back up to help reach each port. Hopefully, by the time the superyacht has been finished in 2024, the world of hydrogen fuelled vessels will be habitual.