If you’re the kind of person who likes to follow celebrities on Instagram (there’s no shame in it, I am as guilty as anyone), you’ve undoubtedly seen a lot of them cruising the high seas in some truly epic yachts of late. Because while celebs may be just like us when they take out their garbage or fill up at the gas station, they most definitely are not like us when they vacation. LeBron James took full advantage of the new Instagram Stories to show the superyacht he’s cruising on in Italy, complete with a full gym and a glass-sided pool. Mega movie producer Brian Grazer and mega music producer Rick Rubin are also yachting around the Italian coast in Capri. Then there’s Orlando Bloom. While Legolas’s seagoing craft of choice is a simple stand-up paddleboard. He has been doing his paddling naked with Katy Perry on the bow.
But as awesome as the yachts of the 1% are, they still pale in comparison to the concept vessels envisioned by some of the world’s best shipbuilders. Much like concept cars, these concept superyachts may never feel the gentle lap of sea waves or get to be christened the “Flying Wasp” but that doesn’t stop us from wanting it to be so.
Sure, even if these 6 concept yachts were real, there’s no way in hell that we could afford them (a LaFerrari seems cheap in comparison to the projected price tag on these ships), but that’s a problem for another day.
1. MIGALOO SUBMERSIBLE YACHT
Rich folks with yachts like to be around other rich folks with yachts, whether that’s in St. Tropez or Cannes or Capri. So it can get kind of tight in those harbors. With the Migaloo yachts, you wouldn’t have to worry about any of that because you aren’t confined to spaces above water. The submarines combine all the luxuries of a yacht (helipads, elevator, pool, storage for mini submarines) with the ability to go underwater and stay there for several weeks.
2. JFA YACHTS POWER CATAMARAN
Created as part of a collaboration between JFA Yachts and the Peugeot Design Lab, this 115-foot catamaran concept looks like an open alligator mouth in profile. You can take in everything around you from the comfort of the sky dome that covers the forward cabin. And the stern of the yacht is shaped in such a way that a tender can easily dock inside of it for easy loading and unloading.
3. SALT SAILING YACHT
For those that prefer yachts that are powered by the wind, there is the Salt sailing concept. Designed by Lujac Desautel, it seeks to blur the lines behind ship and water. A glass house sits in the center of the deck creating an interior that feels boundless while glass sides transform into stairs that descend to the water’s edge when the ship is docked.
4. X-KID STUFF
Designed for the super-rich person who doesn’t want to just sit on his yacht and have members of the crew constantly refill his or her champagne glass, the X-Kid Stuff is a 90-meter yacht that will keep everyone onboard busy. There is a rock climbing wall and a fireman’s pole to turn something as simple as moving from deck to deck into an adventurous activity. There is even an jetty that can deploy from the stern to the beach so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of waiting for a tender (heaven forbid!).
Most concept yachts maintain at least a loose tie to traditional boat design. The Star is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Created to look like, you guessed it, a star, the concept has more levels than you’d know what to do with and is a massive 435 feet long, with room for 36 overnight guests and the ability to hold more than 200 guests at a time. If someone does end up comissioning this yacht, we sure hope they have a lot of friends. Although if you’ve got a yacht like this, it wouldn’t be hard to make new ones.
6. SCHWINGE TETRAHEDRON
For starters, this looks like the Imperial Star Destroyer, which, regardless of which side of the Force you are on, is awesome. Then there’s the way the Schwinge moves along the water. The pyramid-shaped vessel behaves like a hydrofoil causing it to look like it’s floating above the water at high speeds. But when the superyacht is moored, it rests comfortably in the water like all other boats (except for the fact that this one looks like the friggin’ Imperial Star Destroyer).