This 525-Foot Superyacht With Solar Sails Doesn’t Require Any Wind – Interesting Engineering

Last week, we brought you Steven Kozloff’s futuristic yacht that housed countless amenities and over 200 guests. Now, we have another impressive yacht to share with you.

Florida-based Norwegian designer Kurt Strand has revealed a 525-foot (160-meter) superyacht concept called “Florida” and it is a beauty! Better yet, it comes with some advanced futuristic sailing technology.

This 525-Foot Superyacht With Solar Sails Doesn't Require Any Wind
Source: Kurtstrand

“When we are talking about sails, most people probably think about white sails, made from sail cloth. This Yacht however is different. It has space-age technology wing masts made from carbon fiber. Three 80 meter tall wing sails are electro-hydraulic telescopic retractable,” writes a press release acquired by IE.

“If that alone isn’t beyond spectacular, the wing sails are even covered with the latest state of art solar panels. In case of no wind, this superyacht can transform into “solar sail” mode.”

This 525-Foot Superyacht With Solar Sails Doesn't Require Any Wind
Source: Kurtstrand

You might be wondering: what happens when it’s windy and the yacht can sail on its own? During that time, the boat can produce electric power from its solar panels. There’s also a built-in system that washes and polishes the wing mast every time it retracts, ensuring it can produce maximum solar power.

Power is stored in the battery bank and can be used for Hydrogen production. The yacht is also equipped with fitted hydro generators, which also produce electric power.

This 525-Foot Superyacht With Solar Sails Doesn't Require Any Wind
Source: Kurtstrand

“Compared to a traditional yacht in the same size, the fuel reduction is about 90%, but under ideal weather conditions, this yacht will produce more power than it will be using,” reads the press release.

In terms of amenities, the yacht is the very definition of luxury. Florida boasts a superyacht helipad at the fore deck with an elevator that takes you to the hangar below the deck.

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It offers a large swimming pool at the aft deck and a beach club complete with a huge selection of tender boats, off-road vehicles, jet skis, and water toys. Talk about fun!

“In the center of the yacht is the circular two-story-high lobby/bar located, with stunning, undisturbed views from both sides of the yacht,” writes the press release.

But perhaps more impressive is the 40 feet (12 meters) electric-powered Beach Cruiser, an amphibious and submersible limousine tender that can drive all the way up the beach. Florida also includes a fitness center, a spa, a supercar garage (cause everything about Florida is super), and a cinema.

This 525-Foot Superyacht With Solar Sails Doesn't Require Any Wind
Source: Kurtstrand

Well, there you have it, folks! We are officially impressed. Though, finding someone who can afford to buy this yacht is a whole another story.

Source: https://interestingengineering.com/solar-sail-powered-525-foot-superyacht-concept-needs-no-wind

June 5, 2021 sally Wood