Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Domus trimaran aims to become to first truly zero-emission yacht

Yacht design studios Van Geest Design and Rob Doyle Design have introduced “Domus Trimaran,” an impressive 40-meter-long sailing trimaran with an interior volume that rivals a 60-meter motor yacht. With speed, space, and eco-conscious cruising at the forefront of the design, Domus aims to become the first-ever truly zero-emission yacht of over 750 gross tonnes.

The Domus megayacht has been designed with performance in mind. It would be powered by a uniquely designed combination of hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogeneration technology, and solar energy. This would give the yacht unlimited range with zero emissions.

An optimized system of solar power and battery storage allows the yacht to the motor during daylight hours and then transfer over to the battery system during the nighttime hours. To reduce drag and improve speeds, it will be able to heel at an angle of two degrees. This will also ensure a comfortable cruise with minimal rolling.

Domus superyacht concept underway.
Domus superyacht concept underway. Credit: Boat International

For the Domus, Van Geest Design (VGD) and Rob Doyle Design (RDD) devised a spacious interior of 780 square-meter to have a villa- or bungalow-like onboard experience, with all of the living spaces arranged across one deck without steps. There are six guest cabins in total, with four VIPs and two sizeable owner’s suites, each equipped with its own lounge area. Amenities include two atriums covered by solar-paneled louvers, a cinema room, a gym, and a saloon with a bar. It also hosts a spa area with a swimming pool. In addition, the superyacht features multiple covered exterior areas while also allocating all main guest areas on one deck without steps.

Domus superyacht concept interior.
Domus superyacht concept interior. Credit: Boat International

Domus is a trimaran, which means it has three hulls instead of a catamaran’s two. Additionally, the two companies have designed the vessel to explore how much more efficient this class of boat is by comparison to a catamaran. According to the design studios, the trimaran is also easier to build and moves faster than equivalent-sized catamarans while offering more space and more comfort.

Working together on the project, Rob Doyle and Van Geest Design have done extensive research into the practicalities and safety elements associated with trimarans. “We strongly believe if you want the benefits of multihulls at a 40-meter-plus size, the only practical solution is a trimaran,” the design team added.

Alongside this 40-meter concept, the design duo is working on a larger version of the concept for a shipyard.