The future of superyachts and how they may develop over imminent years, keeps superyacht commentators, like me, amused for hours.
It seems as soon as I have written about one concept, at least six more get pushed across my desk by designers eager to express (and get publicity for) their ideas. Most won’t even float, let alone get built, but each fantastic design seems set on striving hard to outshine the other. Most concepts never see the light, but once in a while a notion so extraordinary makes it way to the top of my pile, and here is the latest.
Inspired by the US Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyers, Migaloo is a range of completely customisable superyachts that just happens to be submarines.
The brainchild of Christian Gumpold, Managing Director of Motion Code Blue, an Austrian company specialising in luxury yacht concept design, the Migaloos are available in lengths starting at 72 metres going up to supersubs of 282 metres.
Given that the Astute Class submarines of the British Royal Navy are 97 metres overall, that’s quite some size for a private underwater craft. Using the specifications for the 7,900 tonne, US Navy’s Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarines as a jumping off point for the design, Motion Code Blue claims their submarine yachts can stay submerged for several weeks, despite the fact they rely on diesel power rather than nuclear fusion.