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Megayacht Design ODYSSEUS Treasures the Ancients of the Mediterranean

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With a name like Odysseus and elements of Greek and Roman architecture, Souhaib Rouissi’s megayacht design pays homage to the ancient mighty empires of the Mediterranean.
Roman inspired ODYSSEUS megayacht design by Souhaib Rouissi
Roman inspired ODYSSEUS megayacht design by Souhaib Rouissi. Credit: Souhaib Rouissi

In Ancient Greek mythology, Odysseus was a Greek hero famed for his intellect who devised the cunning plan to take the city of Troy by secretly gaining entry via a giant hollow horse and opening the gates to allow the remainder of the army to storm the city under the cover of darkness. Having come away victorious from the Siege of Troy, his 10 year journey home across the seas is documented in the epic poem “Odyssey”.

It is in the home country of the young yacht designer Souhaib Rouissi, that amongst the collection of the Bardo National Museum in Tunis, Tunisia, lies an Imperial Roman-era mosaic titled “Odysseus and the Sirens” and in many ways offers insight to the design elements of Rouissi’s superyacht concept.

Odysseus and the sirens mosaic
Odysseus and the sirens mosaic from the 2nd century AD held in Tunisia.

In the historic mosaic at Tunisia, Odysseus stands tied to the ship’s mast so he can hear the beautiful Sirens (mermaid-like creatures) without the ability to be drawn in by their call. The ship on which he stands on resembles a Roman Trireme with its naval ram styled bow.

A Roman trireme boat
A typical Roman trireme boat with naval ram bow.

This ram was a naval weapon in the Greek/Roman antiquity fitted to the prows of warships to rupture the hull of the enemy ship. The preferred method of attack was to come in from astern, with the aim not of creating a single hole, but of rupturing as big a length of the enemy vessel as possible.

It’s fitting then, that a young Tunisian yacht designer Souhaib Rouissi, would name his 114m megayacht design ODYSSEUS and give it a prominent and unique ram styled bow. Souhaib states “Roman ships were the base of my inspiration, motifs, symbols and architecturally”.

The ODYSSEUS megayacht design by Souhaib Rouissi
The ram bow is a unique feature of the ODYSSEUS megayacht design. Credit: Souhaib Rouissi

With ODYSSEUS, Roman design influence begins with the provision of space. Historically speaking Roman architecture has often drawn inspiration from Greek design but elaborates further with ornate detailing and expansive use of space. An example of this is ancient Roman housing that made extensive use of patios and air circulation for temperature lowering and it is these influences that Souhaib has chosen to carry through to areas such as the megayacht’s forward deck seating area.

Looking aft, free space also abounds where the patio style seating nearly spans the width of the deck and is only intersected by a waterfall that flows from the deck above. Just past the waterfall, steps lead up to a Roman ended pool with a gentle graded access leading down inside it.

Starboard doors open on ODYSSEUS megayacht design by Souhaib Rouissi
Open spacious areas are big elements of the ODYSSEUS megayacht design. Credit: Souhaib Rouissi
pool detail of ODYSSEUS megayacht design by Souhaib Rouissi
The pool detail of ODYSSEUS megayacht with sunbeds and seating aplenty. Credit: Souhaib Rouissi
aft detail of ODYSSEUS megayacht design by Souhaib Rouissi
aft detail of ODYSSEUS megayacht design. Credit: Souhaib Rouissi
Aft profile of ODYSSEUS megayacht design by Souhaib Rouissi
Steps and pillars create strong Romanesque features of the ODYSSEUS megayacht. Credit: Souhaib Rouissi

Of course a lot could be said about the symbolism of pillars and they were certainly a significant feature of Greek and Roman architecture. It’s little surprise then that Souhaib has also included these into the ODYSSEUS megayacht design. They work particularly well in the patio area giving those relaxing outdoors an air of ancient royalty and support the aft upper deck.

Roman pillar detail of ODYSSEUS megayacht design by Souhaib Rouissi
Roman pillar detail of the ODYSSEUS megayacht design. Credit: Souhaib Rouissi

A meander (Greek: Μαίανδρος) is a decorative border constructed from one continuous line, shaped into a repeated motif. Meanders were common decorative elements in Greek and Roman art and so we find one in rose gold tastefully detailing the length of ODYSSEUS on each side of the yacht. Marble was also a material that the Romans were responsible for beginning to heavily incorporate into architecture and so Souhaib has made sure to feature this and other Romanesque substances throughout ODYSSEUS as well.

side profile of ODYSSEUS megayacht design by Souhaib Rouissi
The Roman style meander runs the full length of ODYSSEUS. Credit: Souhaib Rouissi

These days the history and legacy of the Mediterranean can still be found throughout the region’s landmass but with a megayacht like ODYSSEUS, reflections of empires that once were could be found on the sea as well.

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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.
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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”.

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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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Swedish J Craft’s New Torpedo Boat: M/Y Acheron

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Each J Craft Torpedo heritage boat takes over 8000 hours to hand-build and now the latest design has been revealed as the elegant M/Y Acheron.
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J Craft Torpedo 42′ M/Y Acheron on the water. Credit: J Craft

For over 20 years, Swedish-based J Craft has created some of the world’s most beautifully crafted classic wooden boats and have now revealed their latest hand-built Torpedo model, the 42′ M/Y Acheron.

Described as a “runabout fit for a king, with the style of Brigitte Bardot and the technological sophistication of James Bond,” J Craft’s latest Torpedo features a rich lacquered wood exterior with contrasting white leather upholstery. It is also the first Torpedo to boast the new generation twin Volvo Punta IPS 650 engines, marking the introduction of the first-ever Torpedo RS.

J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Boat
The first to include the new generation twin Volvo Punta IPS 650 engines. Credit: J Craft

Built on Sweden’s island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, J Craft draws on the island’s strong seafaring heritage spanning over 1,000 years and leans on the presence of skilled artisans to construct robust, maneuverable boats like M/Y Acheron that can withstand the extreme elements of the far north.

A favorite amongst billionaires (they own 5 of the 26 J Craft’s built to date), the Torpedo’s are equipped with the most up-to-date technology, but design-wise harken back to the stylish wooden boats of the 50’s and 60’s, each built by hand and requiring over 8000 work hours each to complete over approximately one year.

J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Wooden Aerial
The J Craft Torpedo 42′ has a range of 350 nautical miles. Credit: J Craft

With a range of 350 nautical miles (648 kilometers) and a top speed of 50 knots (90 km/h), the J Craft Torpedo is designed to handle the high-seas and rough conditions of Europe’s northernmost waters and is just as much at home bracing the Baltic seas during extensive sea-trials as it is on the lakes and inshore waters of the Hamptons or cruising the coastal waters of the Amalfi coast.

It is also said to be one of the most stable boats on the market, ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride for passengers. Much of this can be attributed to the Volvo IPS drives. Designed in conjunction with the Torpedo, the pod-mounted, forward-facing propellers can move through 360 degrees, making cornering easy, safe, and comfortable.

J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Boat Aft
Each boat takes over 8000 hours to build. Credit: J Craft

At low speed, when maneuvering in tighter spaces, the Torpedo is controlled by the IPS joystick, allowing the boat to move backwards, forwards, sideways, and even turn in its own length, all with delicate, finger-tip control.

While it may not look like it, there’s room aboard for 4 guests + the captain to sleep overnight. Credit: J Craft

In terms of entertaining, M/Y Acheron is well equipped with a fridge, ice-maker, sink, and induction hob while below deck, an internal lounge area, wet room, and sleeping quarters for four guests + the captain means guests can stay overnight in comfort.

Authentic Nardi steering wheel like that used on the Ferrari 250 GTO. Credit: J Craft

As bespoke builds with no two J Craft’s the same, the options are almost limitless when it comes to designing a new boat, whether it be adding an extended Bimini over the aft for more shade over the sunpad, an additional sprayhood and full cabrio for bad weather or opting for the cutlery package designed by His Majesty Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte of Sweden himself.

Bespoke build means all elements can be fully customized as per the customers desires. Credit: J Craft

For those looking to order their own J Craft Torpedo boat, prices start at €1.2 million (depending on customization requests), although J Craft have revealed their order book is already filled for 2021, so you might have to put your “la dolce vita” plans on hold for at least another year or so until you can call one your own.

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