Pieter Van Geest of Van Geest Design is a yacht designer with broad practical experience in design, construction, engineering and planning of a wide range of production and custom yachts.
And Rob Doyle and his team of naval architects at Rob Doyle Design have been designing yachts in the superyacht sector for the last 30 years.
So, it’s no surprise to see these two firms collaborating on a new yacht concept. But I am surprised. In fact, I’m totally blown away by the radical new sailing trimaran concept they’ve unveiled.
Measuring 130-feet long and 114-feet-WIDE, their DOMUS trimaran concept looks unlike any other concept to be unveiled recently. And when you add the fact that DOMUS is also designed to utilize sail and solar power along with hydrogen fuel cells to be capable of unlimited range with zero emissions, this concept could revolutionize sustainable yachting as we know it today.
“The approach in DOMUS has been from the start ‘Why Not?’ the design team says. “Just because superyachts are what they are now does not mean they should stay this way. New, never done before, seem impossible or too complicated when first suggested, are no reasons to rule it out.
“We were constantly looking at every aspect of the design and saying, ‘I know we do it this way normally but is there a better way?’ “If we did not have to worry about any financial, practical, or technological limitations what would we do, then is that better than what we have and can we now make it work within the context of the limitations of the project. Therefore, we truly believe that this project will redefine what a multihull sailing Superyacht can be, and we also know where we want to and can go next in this development.
“We studied what would be the smallest size vessel we could design with the 1 floor layout without making it look too bulky. While RDD has been focusing on the naval architecture, performance, and structural feasibilities VGD developed the styling and layouts. DOMUS is an amalgamation of ideas we discussed daily over the development period.”
Of course, coming up with some cool renderings and saying “sail and solar power along with hydrogen fuel cells will make this yacht capable of unlimited range with zero emissions” is way easier to do than actually building a revolutionary yacht like this. But nothing, Van Gees and Doyle (and every other designer in the world) know that absolutely nothing can happen without the spark of an idea.
And I’ll go on record today and say, I love this idea. The world needs sustainable soloutions in every aspect of life. So, if this radical new yacht can transform the way people can enjoy all the benefits of the superyacht life—spending quality time with family and friends, exploring places that few others get to see, and being able to marvel at the wonder of the ocean—without impacting the environment with carbon emissions—I’m all for it. And even if this yacht never gets built, who knows what other ideas it could inspire that might will help us all live more sustainably?
Stay tuned for much more on all the sustainable yachting ideas that smart people around the world are working on now. The future is not as dark as it may seem sometimes.