JBQ Design Proposed Hybrid-Powered Supeyacht Project: Seattle-based JQB Design has unveiled a preliminary design for a hybrid-powered 90m megaayacht that is focused on current and emerging technologies. The tri-deck concept, developed by lead designer Michael Givens, has an extended unbroken sheerline for a long and lean look, along with what the studio calls “a sensible superstructure.”
Amenities include floor-to-ceiling in the staterooms, all of which are on the main deck. Placing them there lends an extra level of luxury. Additionally, the project has a nearly 14-meter beam.
The project’s hybrid aspect is receiving as much interest as its style and dimensions. The diesel-electric propulsion system can come with either traditional shafts and propellers or azipods. Azipulls, which are thrusters that have been used aboard commercial vessels for more than a decade, are another possibility. They use a pulling propeller and are more efficient than conventional thrusters.
JQB Design foresees the hybrid-powered yacht cruising long distances. The hull form and overall design will keep sound and vibration to a minimum. The company is also paying close attention to evolving battery storage and distribution technology, so the studio can optimize the so-called hotel load as well as propulsion options if a client commissions the design.
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