While they often represent the height of opulence, wealth, and luxury, super yachts have traditionally been absolutely terrible for the environment, with these behemoth vessels often emitting an estimated 7,000+ tonnes of carbon dioxide a year — a figure that’s over 1,500 times that of your average family car. This reality is currently changing, as more and more super yacht designs have begun adopting fully electric propulsion systems. Unsatisfied with merely producing a zero emissions super yacht, Milan-based firm Jozeph Forakis Design has conjured up an 88-meter yacht concept that it’s touting as being “invisible both in design and environmental impact.”
Dreamed up by Jozeph Forakis while on a beach on Koufonissi island, Greece, this super yacht has been christened the Pegasus 88m (288’). Manufactured through the use of robotic 3D printing, the vessel is constructed around a mesh framework that sees both the ship’s hull and superstructure integrated into the design. Covering the mesh is a linear hull with a plumb bow that sits low in the water. The entire yacht is draped in multi-tiered, ephemeral glass wings that reflect the sea, clouds, and the sky — enabling the Pegasus to disappear into its environment on the waves. In addition to being equipped with solar panels and a Li-Ion battery-powered short-term energy system, the boat also sports a fully electric propulsion system that’s fed via electrolyzers that extract H2 from sea-water and then stores it in a pressurized hydrogen fuel cell tank that converts H2 into electricity.
Inside this luxurious floating mirror, Jozeph Forakis and the team at JFD have treated the super yacht to a thoroughly modern interior. The ship’s centerpiece consists of a multi-story tree that extends up from a reflecting pool through all four main levels of the Pegasus while being wrapped in a spiral staircase and surrounded by a hanging hydroponic garden. The top level of the yacht has been capped off with a forward-facing owner’s suite complete with a large private terrace. Armed with Azimuth pod and bow thruster, the ship also features a front-end with a forward pool club with an aquarium-style lap pool and expansive horizontal windows that can transform into open balconies on both sides of the vessel. The stern of the Pegasus boasts an open beach club, with fold-down balconies that can be converted into an enclosed solarium with sliding glass panels.
While thus far merely a render — courtesy of Italy’s Strutturaleggera Srl — we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see actual shipbuilders adopt a similar “invisible” design to the Jozeph Forakis Design Pegasus 88m Super Yacht Concept.