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Feadship Reveals Megayacht Concept: Project FG “Freddie Gump”

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Dutch shipyard Feadship has revealed megayacht concept “Project FG – Freddie Gump” inspired by rockstar Freddie Mercury and the fictional character Forrest Gump.
Feadship Project FG Freddie Gump Side View
Project FG “Freddie Gump” by Feadship’s De Voogt Studio. Credit: Feadship

Dutch shipyard Feadship’s newest concept, “Project FG” or as its more affectionately known “Freddie Gump,” is the latest design to be revealed from the “Carte Blanch Exclusives” archives.

Inspired by Freddie Mercury and Forrest Gump. Credit: Feadship
Inspired by Freddie Mercury and Forrest Gump. Credit: Feadship

Designed to inspire the next generation of yacht owners (and even those who had never even considered one), yacht concepts like these from Feadship’s De Voogt Design Studio explore technologically feasible design concepts while incorporating the preferences and requests of the clients.

In conversation with Feadship Sales Director, Marsha van Buitenen, De Voogt senior designer Jan Schaffers explained Project FG “Freddie Gump” concept came to life through a brokers course held at the shipyard that helps brokers understand the design process.

Feadship Project Freddie Gump In Discussion
Marsha Van Buitenen and Jan Schaffers in conversation. Credit: Feadship

Initially, the group was tasked with creating an imaginary client and landed on a character of extremes – someone with a party attitude but very down to earth. The inspiration? Freddie Mercury and the fictional down to earth Forrest Gump played by Tom Hanks.

“The group wanted a character that embodied extremes,” says Feadship sales director Marsha Van Buitenen. “They thought about a client that one hand has a party attitude but on the other is very down to earth as well. They combined a fictional character and a real character to dream up the client – for the down to earth side, it was Forest Gump, and for the wilder side, it was Freddie Mercury. With that, Freddie Gump as born.”

Translated into a client design, Project FG “Freddie Gump” is a 109-meter superyacht that hosts 22 sleeping guests and speaks to both parts of the Freddie Gump personality.

On the aft deck a huge outdoor beach club (four times larger than Feadship designed “Savannah”) accommodates parties of up to 300 people while a panoramic piano lounge on the upper deck acts as the heart of the superyacht and the meeting point of the two personalities – a place that both Freddie Mercury and Forrest Gump could retire to as dusk falls and from where the rest of the yacht design branches out into the individual elements of each character.

The panoramic piano lounge with extensive views. Credit: Feadship
The panoramic piano lounge with extensive views. Credit: Feadship

Other unique design elements of Project FG include a pop-up table tennis court on the tip of the bow that features a glass tube that “pops up” at the push of a button and encloses the table-tennis table so that the players are protected from the effects of the wind.

Feadship Project FG Freddie Gump Pop Up Table Tennis
Pop-up table-tennis to protect players from weather elements. Credit: Feadship

One particular design feature that certainly caters to the rockstar inspirations of Freddie Mercury is the hidden club for where the really crazy parties happen – even crazier than those happening on the aft deck. Guests are not given directions on how to get there but instead have to find a hidden door past an engine in the superyacht’s belly.

There's a VVIP club onboard... if you can find it. Credit: Feadship
There’s a VVIP club onboard… if you can find it. Credit: Feadship

Freddie’s influence also extends to the yacht’s exterior with the golden orange glass reminiscent of the tinted glasses often worn by Mercury.

Feadship Project FG Freddie Gump Running View
Orange exterior elements inspired by Freddie Mercury. Credit: Feadship

While Project FG Freddie Gump has yet to find an owner, the technically feasible Feadship design is still open for the kind of owner with an appreciation for wild nights of partying like Mercury and peaceful days of relaxation.

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Officina Armare Reveals New “BadGal” Superyacht

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Italian superyacht design studio Officina Armare has revealed their latest design, the sleek and sporty 141ft (43m) “BadGal,” which is due to be completed in 2023.
Officina Armare BadGal Aerial Main

Featuring sporty lines and a massive amount of darkened glass, BadGal is as mysterious as she is a showstopper and will undoubtedly turn heads out on the water when she finally launches. In fact, according to the Officina Armare design team, who were tasked with creating the concept, the focus of BadGal was to propose a “show-off” yacht rather than design it specifically around usability.

Officina Armare BadGal Aerial Side View

When looking at the profile view of BadGal’s 141ft (43m) exterior design, the first thing you may notice are the two substantial black windows with a contour line that connects the upper to the lower one, creating a fake intake similar to a side pod of a car, with a high sheer line, running from bow to stern.

Officina Armare BadGal Aerial Side Front View

Another outstanding feature is the vast glass dome-shaped upper deck that enhances the yacht’s sporty look by keeping an ordinary bow shape, giving the vessel a feel of speed and quickness.

Officina Armare BadGal Glass Deck

With living spaces laid out over three decks, BadGal’s huge master cabin is located at the main deck’s bow with the remaining four luxury staterooms, each with their own private bathroom, located on the lower deck.

Three crew cabins suitable for six crew members are also found on the lower deck; however, they are divided by a watertight bulkhead to enable the separate flow of crew and guest traffic.

Officina Armare BadGal Lounge

For living and entertaining purposes, the dining and open bar are situated on the main deck with an additional living area and music studio/lounge found on the upper deck under the giant canopy of glass, offering incredibly unobstructed views for the guests to enjoy.

Officina Amare BadGal Outdoor Dining
Officina Armare BadGal Deck Lounge

Officina Armare’s BadGal superyacht is of course, not just about pretty looks. Powered by twin MTU 12V 4000CM93L engines, she can easily reach speeds of up to 29 knots thanks to a planning hull, which allows her to fly across the top of the water (compared to a displacement hull) and cruises at around 25 knots.

Currently being built on spec, BadGal is expected to be completed in 2023 and is now available for sale through Worth Avenue Yachts with price listed as “on request.”

Officina Armare BadGal Night View
Officina Armare BadGal Aerial Left View

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Conor McGregor Orders Special Edition #12 “Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63” Yacht

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MMA champion Conor McGregor places order for special “McGregor Edition #12″ Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63” super sports motor yacht.
Tecnomar Lamborghini 63 Conor McGregor 12

Conor McGregor has been shopping for the family and placed an order for the new “Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63” super sports motor yacht released by The Italian Sea Group.

Inspired by the hybrid Lamborghini Siàn FKP 37, the $3.5 million “Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63” has the same sporty lines as the futuristic supercar and references the year of Lamborghini’s beginnings – 1963.

Taking the family to the Italian Sea Group headquarters, Conor McGregor was taken through the Ad Personam Program before placing an order for the “McGregor Edition #12”.

Tecnomar Lamborghini 63 Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor at The Italian Sea Group/Tecnomar Headquarters with Vice Chairman Guiseppe Taranto. Credit: Tecnomar

With the number 12 holding special significance to Conor McGregor (his whisky brand Proper No. Twelve pays homage to his hometown neighborhood of Crumlin, Dublin 12), McGregor specifically requested the 12th build of the 63 models that will be built in total.

In McGregor’s words ““The No.12 “McGregor edition” @tecnomaryachts @lamborghini. Lamborghini’s first entry into the Sport Yacht World comes in the form of this 63foot, 4000bhp, duel engine, twin-turbo, rocket ship! Titled the “Supercar of the Sea” I am honored to secure the Number 12 edition of just 63 to be made. 1963 being the year Lamborghini first began, and 12 being, well you know Twelve! Proper F***ing Twelve baby!”

Blending the yachting and sports car worlds together, the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63″ originally started as a joint design analysis between Tecnomar and Lamborghini Style Center and shares the same Lamborghini style steering wheel with its iconic fighter jet style “start” button, and a signature Lamborghini “racing style” seat for the captain.

Inspired by the futuristic concept cars of Lamborghini. Credit: Lamborghini & Tecnomar
Conor McGregor’s #12 Tecnomar for Lamborghini will be bright green. Credit: Lamborghini & Tecnomar
Sports styled steering wheel and control panel. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini
Sports styled steering wheel and control panel. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini

Sporting two MAN V12-2000HP engines for a total 4000CV, the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 motor yacht can reach 60 knots of speed and will be the fastest boat in the Tecnomar fleet of The Italian Sea Group.

See here for more information and photos of the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 super sports yacht.

Design styling reminiscent of the exterior styling of modern Lamborghini's. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini
Design styling reminiscent of the exterior styling of modern Lamborghini’s. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini
Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 Sports Yacht Interior
Plenty of space at the helm of the Tecnomar by Lamborghini 63. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini

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Echo Yachts x Misha Merzliakov Unveil New Customizable SP30 Catamaran Concept

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In collaboration with Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design, Australian superyacht builder Echo Yachts have unveiled the SP30 concept, a fully customizable 101ft catamaran.
The Echo Yachts SP30 Catamaran designed by Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design. Credit: MMYD
The Echo Yachts SP30 Catamaran designed by Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design. Credit: MMYD

A year ago, Australian superyacht builder Echo Yachts and yacht designer Misha Merzliakov revealed a new range of fast 27-meter catamaran motor yachts and shadow vessels.

Now coinciding with this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), Echo Yachts and Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design (MMYD) have once again collaborated to reveal an even larger 31m catamaran concept known as the “SP30”.

Echo Yachts, who have already won several prizes for build’s like their 84m M/Y White Rabbit Trimaran, are Australia’s largest builder of custom superyachts and yacht support vessels. They originally first reached out to Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design to design a 45m catamaran for a confidential client.

Impressed with the results, Echo Yachts enlisted Misha to create a range of 27m catamarans for their “Design Collection” and decided to follow up on the back of the two previous successful projects with the 31m “SP30” Catamaran.

“With this latest project I was given ‘carte blanche.’ It was a case of do whatever you like and I thought, Wow, let’s do a catamaran that looks very cool and slender”, shared Misha Merzliakov. “When I say slender though, you have to have a bit of restraint because there’s the temptation to pack it full of things just because you can do that with a catamaran, whereas I wanted to show some restraint and make it look sexier. Think sports car, supercar and hypercar; there’s a lot of lines in there that you’ll go ‘ok it looks like it means business.'”

“This design came out of COVID creativity. I have drawn a lot of boats in the last six months because of lockdown, and my creative headspace was probably in the best it has ever been”

The Echo Yachts SP30 certainly hits the balance between cool, sexy, supercar and business. Credit: MMYD

When considering the initial concept for the SP30 Catamaran, Misha Merzliakov was adamant the layout be kept simple and functional, ensuring it would be possible to keep crewing requirements to a minimum and operational costs minimized for the owners regardless of the layout.

While intended to be foremost functional, the SP30 Catamaran is also designed to be fully customizable, allowing owners the flexibility of a layout to best suit their use of the vessel. This could range from a weekend entertainer configured with wide-open spaces for hosting guests onboard, through to an explorer catamaran requiring more storage space and crew accommodation.

“The entertainer layout is designed with more open spaces for larger groups of people,” explains Misha Merzliakov. “Rather than a small intimate group, you’re catering for groups of people in the lounge, guests gathering through the main deck and standing up near the bar, including a few more over at the dining table. Guest numbers can swell quickly and it could easily cater for that.”

Echo SP30 Catamaran Misha Merzliakov Design Interior Main Deck
The SP30 interior and layout can be fully customized for use as an entertainer through to an explorer. Credit: MMYD

“For exploration use, I would probably change the layout because it’s more likely going to be used by a smaller group (even only just the owner sometimes) and they’re going for longer journeys so there is more emphasis on storage. An explorer client might need more workspace or an office space. The cabins also could take on a different persona, especially with explorers, because the crew tends to be with you longer. Regarding the galley side of things, you would consider increasing the refrigeration and freezers capacity. The catamaran can be built fit for purpose, it can go either way.”

In terms of exterior design, Misha experimented with four different profile designs before settling on a reverse bow profile for the SP30 Catamaran. Featuring a masculine automotive-inspired exterior, the reverse bow gives a sleek profile appearance and maximizes the waterline length for optimal performance.

Internally, the catamarans wide 13.3m beam is more closely associated with superyachts in the 60m+ range, allowing for extremely spacious open living and dining areas, which designer Misha Merzliakov has enhanced through the deliberate use of a casual yet elegant interior.

Placing a specific emphasis on the above deck areas for living and entertaining, Misha Merzliakov’s signature use of clever ambient lighting creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere throughout the living areas as guests experience the transition of day into night aboard the yacht.

Echo SP30 Catamaran Misha Merzliakov Design Aerial View
A hydraulically lowered swim platform is located aft on the centerline. Credit: MMYD

Created with an expansive aft deck, the SP30 Catamaran also allows for a range of water toys, including two jet skis and an Extender EXT640 6.4m IDRO tender to be stored aboard. A hydraulically lowering swim platform located on the centerline also doubles to effortlessly launch and retrieve the tender and provide guests with safe access to the water for swimming, diving, and other water sport activities.

When asked about his favorite feature of the SP30 design, Misha shared, “I like the look of the distant profile and exterior of this catamaran on the horizon. If I judge that I’ve done the right thing with a design, then I look forward to seeing it skating along the horizon. The irony is it’s a very small object in the landscape from a photo composition point of view, yet it still captures your attention.”

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