This Sleek 84-Metre Superyacht Is Powered By Biofuel
The first superyacht from Feadship to utilise alternative fuels, the hybrid emits 90 percent less carbon than conventionally fuelled vessels.
Marking the Dutch yard’s first creation in a new generation of carbon reduction-focused superyachts, Obsidian unites a unique design aesthetic with environmental consciousness. Fitting the brief of being more energy efficient than Feadship’s first hybrid yacht Savannah, launched in 2015, Obsidian was created with the Yacht Environmental Transparency Index (YETI) in mind.
Developed by Feadship in collaboration with De Voogt Naval Architects, the YETI can determine a yacht’s carbon profile and environmental impact based on all of its components and operations, taking into account both emissions and the long-term effects of various construction materials.
Building on the learnings of the award-winning Savannah, Obsidian features over four times the electrical storage capacity and is built without drive shafts or rudders, resulting in less drag. Hulls are optimised at cruising speed rather than top speed, while weight-saving measures are taken where possible. It’s powered by a 4.5 MWh battery bank that is charged by four generators, providing power to the yacht through a 1,000-volt system.
Interior and exterior design was executed by RWD in collaboration with MONK Design. Taking on a sculpted aesthetic, the exterior combines aluminium, wood, and lightweight carbon fibre. Opting for a single-level engine room for the first time in several years allows Feadship to give the design duo more freedom with the layout. Under the generous use of smoked glass, the interiors are laden with unexpected twists. A hidden staircase leads to a study and sunken lounge on the main deck, while the choice not to orient corridors and rooms to a fore or aft ensures the element of surprise at every turn.
Notably, the use of submarine anchors eliminates the necessity for a mooring deck, allowing Obsidian to feature a luxurious bow observation lounge with double curved glass floor-to-ceiling windows.
The launch of Obsidian places the Dutch yard a step closer to its goal of producing carbon-neutral superyachts by 2030.
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