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Isaac Burrough Design ‘Kiwa’ Yacht Takes Power From the Sky to Give to the Ocean



Isaac Burrough’s 110-meter hybrid-powered explorer yacht concept ‘Kiwa’ reimagines sustainable seafaring.
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The 110m Kiwa megayacht concept. Credit: Isaac Burrough Design

Conceptualized by Kiwi-born, Isaac Burrough, who now works from his design studio in Amsterdam, Kiwa is a giant 110m hybrid yacht concept that is designed to be a gentle giant by being friendly to the environment it exists in.

Isaac Burrough has cleverly incorporated well over 2000 square feet of solar panels, which feed power soaked from the sun into the yacht’s electrical system, offsetting the crew’s daily power usage and hotel load.

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The Kiwa hybrid explorer yacht also features 200sqm of solar panels. Credit: Isaac Burrough Design

Kiwa’s hybrid propulsion system would drive a sleek low volume to length hull through the water, which would be a double-edged sword against fuel consumption. The smart low volume to length ratio design not only maximizes energy-efficiency for today’s technology, but also compliments any future tech advancements as well, such as solar and battery developments.

Additional benefits of a hybrid propulsion system would see owners and guests being able to enjoy the Electric-Only mode to enter remote zones without pollution or to enjoy al fresco dining without any background generator noise.

Isaac Burrough Design 110m hybrid explorer yacht Kiwa in ocean
The hybrid design of Kiwa allows electric-only mode for pollution-free zones. Credit: Isaac Burrough Design

Outdoor living is encouraged with expansive deck areas and 175 square meters of storage space for Kiwa’s 4 tenders and an array of toys.

A helicopter landing pad is featured at the bow, where the deck can extend on each side to satisfy certification for the larger rotor dimensions of helicopters such as an Airbus H145 (a.k.a. Eurocopter EC145).

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The Kiwa hybrid yacht features a helicopter landing pad on the bow. Credit: Isaac Burrough Design
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Modern interior styling compliments Kiwa’s forward-thinking power systems. Credit: Isaac Burrough Design
Combining silent power with incredible views. Credit: Isaac Burrough Design
Isaac Burrough Design Kiwa yacht's expansive decks
Kiwa features expansive deck space to encourage outdoor use. Credit: Isaac Burrough Design

The large main deck is versatile, with sliding doors and diverse lounge areas that create private sanctuaries in shade or sun for up to 14 guests. The elegant terracing to the swim platform is designed to evoke the feeling of a beach sloping toward the sea.

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Glass bottom pool is cantilevered above the swim platform. Credit: Isaac Burrough Design

Above the swim platform, a glass-bottom pool is cantilevered off the main deck and, on the lower deck, in-built sun pads are partially covered by the blue rays emitting from the glass. The sun pads look out to an uninterrupted aft view while, upstairs, the sun deck boasts a jacuzzi with an elevated panoramic view.

Isaac Burrough Design 110m hybrid explorer yacht Kiwa upper deck with jacuzzi
Kiwa’s jacuzzi with panoramic views on the upper deck of the hybrid yacht. Credit: Isaac Burrough Design

But the best view on board can be found in the spa area where semi-submerged pools allow guests to enjoy scenery both above and below the water surface.

Isaac Burrough commenting on his design, remarked, “The intention for Kiwa was to design a yacht that is both modern and elegant. Her sleek silhouette combined with curvaceous surfaces give grace despite her exploration capabilities. A yacht that will look sophisticated whether cruising the Mediterranean or the Arctic.”

Isaac Burrough Design 110m hybrid explorer yacht Kiwa at anchor
Kiwa is designed to suit Mediterranean cruising or Arctic exploring. Credit: Isaac Burrough Design

Motor Yacht Kiwa Specs:

  • Length overall: 110m
  • Beam: 15.5 meters
  • Guests: 14
  • Staff: 2
  • Crew: 27
  • Guest tenders: 2x 12m, 7m
  • Crew tenders: 2x 7m
  • Helicopter capability: Airbus H145

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Design and animation: @isaacburroughdesign
Still images: @kvant.1

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Harrison Eisgaard Reveals New 417ft Expedition Yacht Concept



UK design studio Harrison Eidsgaard has revealed their latest expedition yacht concept – the 417ft “Rex” designed for a client wanting “something different”.
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“Rex” expedition yacht designed by Harrison Eidsgaard. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

UK design studio Harrison Eidsgaard has unveiled their latest design known as “Rex” – a 417ft expedition yacht named for the Latin word for “King” and created specifically for a client looking for “something different.”

Designed with a streamlined white and grey exterior, the sporty expedition yacht concept boasts four terraces with a 46ft pool on the main deck that can be enclosed with glass to create an indoor pool in cold climates, an oversized cinema, a two-story gym, and an Airbus A160 helicopter hangar that converts into a squash court when not in use.

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Pool on the main deck can be enclosed with glass for colder climates. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

Accommodation for 22 guests consists of a master suite and ten guest suites each with their own terrace and direct access to the forward and aft atrium staircases while features like the submerged “Neptune” lounge offers guests an underwater view of their surroundings from below and a “Panorama” observation lounge on the top deck offering 360-degree views from above.

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One of the two helicopter hangars on the Rex expedition yacht. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

The Rex Expedition yacht is also designed with a full-beam garage with room for a 49-foot expedition vessel, two 30-foot tenders, and a large crane to assist with moving the toys in and out of the water.

Regarding performance, Harrison Eidsgaard has utilized a significant hull chine and sharp bow design for improved fuel efficiency and a hybrid propulsion package that could be converted to a hydrogen system in the future for zero-emissions cruising.

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Neptune lounge with underwater viewing. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

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Alia Yachts Launches 180ft Al Waab II Superyacht



Alia Yachts has launched the 180ft Al Waab II superyacht at its shipyard in Antalya, Turkey, ahead of its final delivery in September.
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Alia Yachts built Al Waab II being transported for launch. Credit: Alia Yachts

Alia Yachts has launched the 180ft Al Waab II superyacht at its shipyard in Antalya, Turkey, ahead of its final delivery in September which coincides with the Monaco Yacht Show later this year.

After two years in construction amongst the ongoing pandemic, the production schedule was surprisingly only delayed by two weeks, with Alia Yachts President Gökhan Çelik noting, “the last two years have been difficult, but we took a lot of health and safety measures, and, to offset delays experienced by our European suppliers, we worked around the problem and found ways to recreate lost time.

Launched at Alia Yacht's shipyard in Antalya, Turkey. Credit: Ali Yachts
Launched at Alia Yacht’s shipyard in Antalya, Turkey. Credit: Ali Yachts

“The fact we’ve done it in just over two years despite everything is a credit to the determination of the men and women who work here.”

Designed by Dutch design studio Vripack, Al Waab II accommodates up to 12 guests and features a modern design with a neutral color palette across the five staterooms and the master suite split across the upper and main decks.

Designed by Dutch design firm Vripack. Credit: Alia Yachts
Designed by Dutch design firm Vripack. Credit: Alia Yachts

“For many owners, the concept of enjoying a ‘home at sea’ is what drives their passion for yachting,” says Bart Bouwhuis, Co-creative Director at Vripack. “The owner of Al Waab II had the explicit desire to use his boat as a family apartment. That desire became the founding principle of the entire design. The result is the very essence of living on the water.”

Early render of the Alia Yachts built Al Waab II. Credit: Alia Yachts
Early render of the Alia Yachts built Al Waab II. Credit: Alia Yachts

“We’re very proud of Al Waab II,” says Alia President, Gökhan Çelik, adding, “Yachts are getting longer and wider, but owners still want to stay below the 500 GT mark. We’ve seen increasing interest in this kind of yacht and so to be one of the first with such an impressive project is an important milestone for Alia.”

The Al Waab II will now undergo sea trials and final outfitting ahead of delivery to her owner.

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Heesen’s Project Altea Launches As MY ELA



Heesen Yachts 164ft Project Altea has officially been launched as MY ELA and is on her way to the Mediterranean for the summer.

Heesen Yachts 164ft MY ELA (formerly known as Project Altea) has officially launched in the Netherlands and is currently on her way to the Mediterranean for the summer.

Purchased only three months before delivery, the lightweight, aluminum fast-displacement hull built on Heesen’s sub-500GT Nova Plus engineering platform and interiors had already been completed when she caught the eye of the new owners.

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MY ELA on her way to the Mediterranean for the summer. Credit: Heesen

Featuring large floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious light-filled living areas designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects and warm and inviting interior designed by Italian interior designer Cristiano Gatto, all that remained for the new owners of MY ELA was to customize the final details to make it their own.

With only three months from the purchase date until delivery, Cristiano Gatto worked alongside the team at Heesen to fully customize the interiors in time for delivery.

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Original interior concept of Project Altea/MY ELA. Credit: Heesen

“Together with the client, we revisited all the loose furniture, inside and out, selecting new materials for all the upholstery and the key items from Paola Lenti, B&B Italia, Poltrona Frau, and Promemoria,” said Cristiano. “But more importantly, we designed bespoke pieces, such as tables, sofas, and lamps, all beautifully crafted by Italian ateliers, who delivered them in record time.”

Built to accommodate twelve guests in six staterooms, MY ELA is not only luxurious inside but is an elegant fast-displacement design that allows shipyards to stay below the 500GT limit to avoid the additional certification required of larger superyachts.

Heesen Project Altea YN19550 Superyacht Skylounge by Cristano Gatto Design
Interior Skylounge concept by Cristiano Gatto. Credit: Heesen

Powered by two powerful MTU 12V 2000 diesel engines for a maximum speed of 19 knots, MY ELA is also the first Heesen to feature a peak-shaving battery system that offers a seamless storage of energy by allowing excess generator power to be stored when the yacht’s load fluctuates and used during peak periods when power demand exceeds generator output.

While primarily intended for family use, MY ELA will also be available for charter with Zarpo Yachts for select clients.

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Render of Heesen’s 164ft fast-displacement hull Project Altea. Credit: Heesen

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