There’s a new boat in town: Lexus has revealed it’s no longer just a luxury automaker. The move is part of the company’s larger vision to be a full-service purveyor of the luxurious lifestyle, one that doesn’t stop at owning nice cars. The original concept for the flagship boat, the Lexus Sport Yacht, was announced in 2017 as a concept vessel.
The majestic 13-metre (42-feet) fibre-glass body boasted two V8 engines and a 49-mph top speed, with room to charter up to eight guests. The concept won an award at the Japan International Boat Show last week where Toyota Motor Corp. took the opportunity to make an even greater splash by announcing that the Sport Yacht would receive also major upgrade.
Japanese automaker Lexus is diving into the boating sector with a new sporting yacht concept, alluding to a future in new lifestyle markets.
Manufacturers are branching out into new areas that cater to overlapping audiences, and that is what Lexus is referring to with its new yacht. The automaker’s metaphorical jump into boating starts with a sport yacht design with high-performance twin engines, not intended to be put into production.
“This allowed us to explore how Lexus design language could be applied to a maritime idea,” said Yoshihiro Sawa, vice president of Lexus International.
Lexus yacht Lexus’ one-off design project was created by The Toyota Marine Department, inspired by its latest fleet of premium Ponam yachts launching in Japan. Marquis-Carver Yacht Group was selected to design the project.
The idea was to build a recreational sporting yacht with twin high-performance Lexus V8 engines that accommodates six to eight people.
Side view of Lexus’ yacht
Hoping to inspire creative thinking and ideas for the future, Lexus’ idea will not be put into production and is just a concept design.
The mockup makes it clear that the yacht is indeed a Lexus, with a gold accent exterior. The upper deck and outer hull are designed with hand-laid Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic, which is used in race cars.
Lexus’ sport yacht is fitted with twin 5.0-litre V8 petrol engines, featured in the Lexus RC F coupe, GS F sport saloon and the new LC 500 luxury coupe. The boat will be able to reach up to 43 knots or 49 mph.
A touchscreen panel will give the captain control over the boat with features such as GPS navigation, digital charts, surface radar, underwater sonar, lighting and entertainment systems.
Back view of Lexus
The passenger cabin is also highly indicative of a Lexus vehicle with a leather finish, wood accents and glass details. The yacht is fitted with a two-burner stove, sink, under-counter refrigerator and shower as well as audio and video entertainment system featuring 4G, WiFi and WAN.
Lexus innovation Toyota Corp.’s Lexus recently debuted its most innovative design yet at Paris Motor Show, inviting at-home fans to see with an online live stream.
The luxury automotive brand crafted its new crossover vehicle with its iconic look in mind, but with a focus on digital innovation to appeal to the modern urban driver. Lexus revealed its new UX Concept model at Paris, along with a quality live stream that heightened anticipation for the new vehicle.
Lexus also revealed its fifth-generation LS flagship sedan, which was designed to embody Japanese culture and the new generation of the automotive industry.
The new longer and lower vehicle design was unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 9. With a coupe-like silhouette, Lexus hopes to convey a rebirth of its flagship as if it is re-launching its entire brand.
“For the Lexus Design Centre this project has been very exciting,” Mr. Sawa said. “The effort is valuable to us as it stirs our creative energies and pushes our imagination to design and lifestyle possibilities outside of the automotive realm we know so well.”
Designer Jonathan Schwinge has created a conceptual super yacht named Tetra with a pyramid-shaped body that’s designed to lift itself above the water at high speeds. This futuristic yacht gets its name Tetra from its unconventional tetrahedron shape, making its appearance unlike any other yacht concept thus far.
The yachts hovering like presence would be formed by a “hydrofoil small waterplane area ship” a (HYSWAS) hull. Hydrofoil vessels have hulls fitted with shaped vanes (commonly called foils) underneath, which brings the hull out of the water at travelling speed, allowing the vessel to move faster by reducing drag on the waters surface. Jonathan Schwinge said “The design is instigated by the re-thinking of the form, superstructure and propulsion of the modern superyacht into a radically simple enclosure and an elevated mode of travel above the water line.”
Utilizing the same fundamentals, the Tetra would travel using three hulls on its underside at low speeds. Once it picks up momentum, a torpedo-shaped strut would expand downwards – to help in bringing the yacht out of the water using its rotating side-mounted adjustable foils. “The concept design of this HYSWAS craft is based upon an existing hull design that has been developed by several companies, notably the Maritime Applied Physics Corporation in America, and has been proven by their technology demonstrator – The Quest – in 1995,” said Schwinge.
The yacht could provide a smoother ride in stormy ocean conditions when its out of the water, according to the designer. When docked, portions of Tetra’s three sides would fold down to become enlarged deck areas and the horizontal panels could emerge overhead to provide sun shades.
The yacht would use Carbon Fibre and stainless steel for the superstructure making it lighter and giving it more strength compared to most traditional yachts, which have heavy and difficult to maneuver bodies. The concept would be able to accommodate six passengers and four crew members. Presently we are not sure whether the design would be realized or not, but it is a very interesting concept to say the least.
Source: The Extravagant
Megayacht owners will soon have a new port of call in Bermuda thanks to Marinetek, a Finnish marina designer.
Marintek is currently working on a marina complex that will be large and deep enough to dock 21 visiting megayachts near King’s Point Marina resort. Amid Marintek’s progress, the resort property is also being redeveloped to make way for a SB Architects-designed luxury residential community.
“We are very grateful to the Ministry of Public Works for their tireless efforts in completing this job so that we can begin to construct a world-class resort that is sure to enhance our tourism offerings and put Bermuda back on the map as a luxury destination,” said Craig Christensen, president/CEO of the developer Morgan’s Point Ltd., in a statement.
Bermuda is the home of the 2017 America’s Cup
King’s Point’s redevelopment is spearheaded by the new Morgan’s Point residential community. The low to mid-rise waterfront homes, as well as a 79-room Ritz-Carlton hotel and spa will be designed in a “contemporary interpretation of British Colonial architecture.”
The on-site Ritz-Carlton will manage the King’s Point Marina, a former U.S. naval base, to ensure passengers onboard the visiting megayachts are treated to a high level of service.
For docking megayachts the marina offers a total of 2,070 feet of outer pontoon space to accommodate vessels up to 250 feet, either alongside or stern-to positions. The breakwaters can also moor vessels of 40 to 80 feet via Marinetek’s aluminum pontoon system.
Above: SB Architects rendering of Morgan’s Point, Bermuda
“It is always a privilege to build marinas that will play a part in prestigious race events, and Marinetek rises to the challenge of the tight time frames that are often a place for such events,” said Ilkka Seppälä, group chairman and CEO of Marinetek in a statement. “Our multi-local supply chain and project execution capabilities are the keys to a smooth delivery in a remote location.”
Many waterfront destinations are building up facilities to accommodate mega- and super-sized yachts.
For example, Miami has recently seen an influx of luxury brands opening boutiques as the city rebrands itself as a true luxury hub.
Now, Miami is continuing its development to cater to affluent residents and guests with the upcoming opening of the Deep Harbour at Island Gardens marina. Opened as of December 2015, the marina will help Miami to position itself as the newest super yachting capital in the world (see story).
Source: Luxury Daily, October 11, 2016