Project Sonata

Project Sonata Sailing Yacht | Source: Ocean Independence

Project Sonata: Luxury Meets the Thrill of Sailing

Yacht brokerage company Ocean Independence reveals the most progressive superyacht in the world, nicknamed Project Sonata. Years of advancing yacht technology matches with futuristic design to bring a hybrid yacht that’s smarter and more sustainable.

The 351ft concept combines the skills of German shipyard Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven with a stunning design by Valentin Design. The design studio helmed by Valentin Weigand, winner of Young Designer of the Year 2020, will partner with the talents of naval architect Romain Acquaviva.

Project Sonata yacht
Sailing Yacht Project Sonata
Sailing Yacht Project Sonata Exterior Lit Up | Source: Ocean Independence

Weigand Studio told Robb Report, they are looking to blend the versatility and excitement of a sailing yacht with the comfort and convenience of a motor-powered yacht.

Our aim is to create a sailing superyacht that is more accessible to clients than the ones currently in the water. Many clients are scared off by how complicated they perceive sailing yachts to be, requiring large numbers of crew and complicated rigs. We want to offer something that combines the joy of sailing with the ease and comfort of a motoryacht.

Fashioned in a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure, the sailing yacht features multiple exterior platforms and a sizeable interior that emphasises the feeling of spaciousness. The company behind the concept, Ocean Independence says the design is guest-focused.

Strong, confident lines merge with sleek surface transitions. The design prioritises the experience of guests.

Sailing Yacht Project Sanata Exterior Side Detail
Sailing Yacht Project Sonata Exterior Side Detail | Source: Ocean Independence
Sailing Yacht Project Sonata Exterior Side Aft | Source: Ocean Independence

Onboard the yacht will comfortably house 12 guests across six staterooms and space for a crew of 31. The main owner’s stateroom provides stunning views to the outside through floor-to-ceiling windows and includes a dedicated private exterior deck. The remaining suites will each have their own bathroom and dressing room that open out into the main bedroom.

The large vessel will also treat guests to resort-style amenities. A large sundeck with alfresco dining will sit beside a gym with full exercise equipment, a beach club, a swimming pool with a deck jacuzzi and a jet ski.

Sailing Yacht Project Sanata Master Stateroom
Sailing Yacht Project Sonata Master Stateroom | Source: Ocean Independence
Sailing Yacht Project Sanata Aft Deck with Jacuzzi
Sailing Yacht Project Sonata Aft Deck with Jacuzzi | Source: Ocean Independence

The innovative technology is the key to the visionary vessel’s sustainability. As a hybrid, two diesel 1,100 kW electric engines will allow Project Sonata to comfortably cruise at 15 knots (28 kph) and up to a top speed of 17 knots (31 kph). While sailing, energy is recuperated via the propellers saving enough energy to charge the battery packs that provide power for 12 hours of hotel service without the need for generators.

A retractable keel adds to the efficiency, saving draught when required. Altogether the superyacht can travel for up to 3000 nautical miles (5,556 km) at cruising speed.

It could be a while before we see this concept yacht cruising the oceans, the estimated build time is 38 months.

To read more about remarkable superyachts making waves, you will enjoy our coverage of the state-of-the-art $700m nuclear-powered superyacht.

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