New longer, lower, lighter, greener yacht designs

Imaginocean Yacht Design (IYD) has released details of two new models; the 40m GT-40 H and the 55m GT-55 H: Two semi-displacement superyachts, designed with a “longer, lower, lighter, greener” ethos in mind.

Both run hybrid propulsion systems, allowing them to operate at up to twenty knots and travel at up to eight knots for short periods under electric power alone, or for extended periods in diesel-electric mode, with just the gensets running. From maximised waterline lengths, to the LED lighting and Smart Glass glazing to cut down on the air conditioning load: every aspect of the designs were considered from a low impact & efficiency point of view.

Features like reverse bows with titanium cutwaters and cosy forward cockpits, complete with helm stations, are common to both craft.  Will Allison, designer said, “The designs were partly inspired by the styling and efficiency of the original Midnight Lace series, designed by the late Tom Fexas in the early 80’s, partly by the sensible proportions of modern sailing vessels, and partly by the long-held desire to create a new class of relatively compact, stylish yachts that represent the latest in efficiency and technology”.

Innovative layouts which include the split-level main saloons provide a mix of light-filled and intimate living spaces.

The GT-55 boasts a full-beam master suite with an adjoining office; in the GT-40 it is located aft and has direct access to the aft deck. There are four en-suite guest cabins in both yachts and the GT-55 also includes what the designer has called, a “beach resort”, which is a second saloon with folding bulwarks balconies, spa pool and hydraulic swim platform.

The GT-40 H and GT-55 H will be released officially at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show. Located on the Superyacht Australia stand.

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