Sails aren't necessarily an inferior propulsion method, especially when combined with dual 1,000-horsepower diesel engines.
Such is the case aboard the Ice Kite, aka ICE Project—a 211-foot catamaran born of a collaboration between Turkey's Red Yacht Design studio and the Netherlands' Dykstra Naval Architects. The sail measures 1,700 square feet and flies 600 feet above the superyacht, according to Robb Report.
There are other clever engineering bits at work as well, including a sliding "daggerboard" centerboard and round low-resistance hull, which is designed to be efficient at all speeds up to 20 mph.
Then there's the abundance of cleanly decorated living and entertainment areas, much of which is decorated with glass in an attempt to "create a yacht that feels like she already belongs to the sea," according to Red Yacht Design's website.
The Ice Kite boasts an impressive 5,100 square-feet of open-air spaces, including a sunbathing area at the aft part of the main deck, a pool and a huge lounge area, a dining area for 12, two full-size bars, a touch-and-go helipad at the bow, and another private sundeck outfitted with a barbecue and Jacuzzi at the flybridge deck.
Inside is a main saloon with two visually interconnected sections: the main lounge and the Kite lounge, which can be transformed into an indoor dining area that's designed to provide an unimpeded view of the ocean, thanks to a glass surround.
A round staircase at the aft entrance allows provides natural light for the lower deck lobby. Four spacious guest cabins can accommodate up to 10 people, but the pinnacle of the interior is a full-beam owner cabin, which features his-and-her bathrooms and closets, an office, a lounge area and a spa. Meanwhile, crew quarters are located at the forepart of the lower deck. Also, with separate access from the main deck, crew quarters are located at the forepart of the lower deck.
The Ice Kite is still just a concept, but bids are currently being taken from shipyards to bring this eye-catching seafarer to fruition.