This 525ft superyacht concept is powered by solar sails when there is no wind


Norwegian superyacht designer Kurt Strand can’t seem to get enough of The Sunshine State. Shortly after writing a menacing 436-footer known as Miami, he unveiled a stunning superyacht concept called Florida.

The futuristic 525-footer is equipped with “space-age technology” that will allow it to sail off the coast of the most southeastern state of the United States and beyond without releasing harmful emissions . This is in large part thanks to the ship’s ingenious sails.

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Florida is fitted with three carbon fiber wing masts that each support a 262 foot retractable sail. A cut above the typical canvas variety, these sails are covered with advanced solar panels that automatically position themselves to catch the sun’s rays. This means that when there is no wind, Florida can go into “solar sail” mode and run in the sun.

Conversely, when the gusts are abundant, the ship sails normally while the solar panels continue to capture clean energy which is then stored in a battery bank on board. To ensure that the sun-absorbing panels are always perfectly shiny, the vessel also has a built-in system that washes and polishes the sails each time they retract.

If there is no wind or sun, Strand says the superyacht can also run on a hydrogen fuel cell system. The vessel is fitted with hydroelectric generators which generate electricity while the yacht is under sail. Again, this energy is stored in the battery bank and can be used to create hydrogen on board the yacht. (There’s also a back-up generator in case all this new technology fails.)

Rear-wheel drive aside, Florida has spacious layouts and endless premium amenities. Fittingly, the interior of the ship was inspired by the Florida Keys and features a palette of pastel colors that are synonymous with Miami. True to the eco-friendly theme, the floors and furniture are made from recycled materials and vegan leather.

In the center of the ship is a circular two-story lobby and a bar where you can enjoy an Old Cuban cocktail. Elsewhere, there are 12 luxury suites that can accommodate a total of 24 people, as well as cabins for 40 crew members. Sailors will also have access to a fitness center, cinema and spa.

Outside, meanwhile, there is a helipad on the foredeck, a large swimming pool at the rear, a beach club and a supercar garage. There’s a huge selection of toys as well, including a 40ft Electric Beach Cruiser, an amphibious limo dinghy that can actually drive all the way to the beach, plus jet skis and all-terrain vehicles, why not?

We only have one request, can we get a Tampa superyacht next?

Check out more renderings from Florida below:

Superyacht sailing in Florida

Superyacht sailing in Florida

Superyacht sailing in Florida

Superyacht sailing in Florida

Superyacht sailing in Florida

Superyacht sailing in Florida

Superyacht sailing in Florida

Superyacht sailing in Florida

Superyacht sailing in Florida

Superyacht sailing in Florida

Superyacht sailing in Florida

Superyacht sailing in Florida

Superyacht sailing in Florida

Superyacht sailing in Florida

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