Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

Quakers or not? Swan Design Disrupts

Is this idea quakers?

Is this idea quakers?  An Italian yacht designer has come up with a swan like watercraft design concept that could ruffle a few feathers.

Known as Avanguardia (Vanguard in English) this concept yacht from the drawing board of Pierpaolo Lazzarini at Pierpaolo Lazzarini Designs takes its name from the positioning of the navigation bridge, which also appears like the head of a swan.

The design studio must be very much in love with the look of a swan. They have even used it for their own corporate identity.

the navigation bridge, which also appears like the head of a swan.

The swan head is detachable and once lowered into the water by the neck which is in fact a crane like davit can be used as a separate yacht tender.

If ever there was a bird brained idea for a yacht that guaranteed to ruffle a few feathers then this idea is it.  It is truly Quakers.

If ever there was a bird brained idea for a yacht that guaranteed to ruffle a few feathers then this idea is it.

The Rome-based design office has, in the past churned out any number of disruptive designs, from flying cars to a bullet-shaped hyperyacht, but this 140 metre, five deck waterbird may cause the waters to truly ripple if only by the laughter from onlookers.

Swanning around under power

Powered by twin electric side engines coupled to a central MTU Rolls-Royce diesel driven main engine the yacht could using all three plants attain a maximum cruising speed of about 18 knots.

a marine disaster waiting to happen

The electric engines are themselves housed in detachable water jet driven pods that form part of the yachts tender inventory.

The designers predict she will carry a crew of 60 but fail to say how many guests are to be carried.  If it’s only going to be 12 guests, then we predict that a lot of the crew will be swanning around doing nothing or repairing the extendable neck davit which is a marine disaster waiting to happen.

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