Filed under: Yachts & Sailing
Superyacht Times has a piece on this wild design, a new 246-foot concept developed by Humphreys Yacht Design for Devonport Yachts. The yacht has a fully glazed atrium that spans the entire width of the yacht and creates a passive heating/cooling system. The atrium is surrounded by automatically operated louvers. The atrium space allows the sun's rays to enter the yacht in cool climates and traps the heat behind thermally efficient glass. In warmer climates a solar chimney effect works to draw in cool air at sea level. The warm air escapes from the top of the superstructure. The owner's stateroom features viewing wings at the bow creating a unique sea view. The yacht is also being developed to use the SkySails wind power system, a method of using kite propulsion to tow the boat.