Kairos by Oceanco and Pininfarina – stunning and timeless superyachting

Phil Draper reports on Kairos a 90m concept from Oceanco and Pininfarina which debuted at the Monaco Yacht Show, designed to operate much of the time with zero environmental impact.Oceanco’s latest concept Kairos takes ‘sustainable yachting’ to a whole new level. This 90m what-could-be vision debuted at the Monaco Yacht Show earlier this week. The design reimagines how space aboard can be utilised and how sustainable yachting can be and how it can develop into the future for right-minded owners. Kairos is the result […] This article Kairos by Oceanco and Pininfarina – stunning and timeless superyachting appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

Kairos by Oceanco and Pininfarina – stunning and timeless superyachting

Phil Draper reports on Kairos a 90m concept from Oceanco and Pininfarina which debuted at the Monaco Yacht Show, designed to operate much of the time with zero environmental impact.

Oceanco’s latest concept Kairos takes ‘sustainable yachting’ to a whole new level. This 90m what-could-be vision debuted at the Monaco Yacht Show earlier this week. The design reimagines how space aboard can be utilised and how sustainable yachting can be and how it can develop into the future for right-minded owners.

Kairos is the result of a creative huddle between the Dutch superyacht builder’s ‘NXT’ think tank, the naval architects at Lateral in the UK, and that Italian design and engineering giant Pininfarina, which has not only been responsible for some of the world’s most iconic car creations of the past nine decades, but has also been regularly making waves in the marine industry, not least recently working with Princess on its foiling R35 and more radically styled X Series motor yachts.

In terms of onboard spaces, Kairos proposes an alternative interaction between guests and crew, especially less segregation. All the usual features will be there, of course – everything from palatial cabins, lounges and dining areas inside and out, not to mention balconies and beach clubs, helicopter capabilities and garages packed with tenders and toys – but at the heart of the yacht think Italian ‘piazza’, an open meeting space with views to the sky.

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Everywhere else the use of glass opens up share spaces in fabulous new ways. Think walking down a sidewalk in New York and looking up at the skyscrapers and sky, says Kevin Rice, Pinifarina’s chief creative officer.

Walk through this boat, he says, and you will look up and see the decks above and the mast towering above. Then look to one side and you see the sea and to the other family space or a restaurant. This is the special thinking behind the very special Kairos experience.

An important starting point in the creative process was to not think about boats, says Rice, because boats are about moving from somewhere to somewhere.

A key goal with this project was to pause the conventional passage of time, to create a timeless environment, where various aspects of life can co-exist – work, family and play – and regardless of where the yacht happens to be in the world.

Is this just another whacky concept? Oceanco is emphatic it represents an authentic step forward, meaning what is proposed could actually be built today with present technologies.

Instead of suggesting an infeasible net zero environmental impact all of the time, which is not possible presently, the Kairos ‘E-Hybrid’ solution could realistically operate for 70% of the day with zero impact, says James Roy, managing director at Lateral.

Perhaps more important still is this design’s ability to adapt as technology and expectations evolve, especially as regards developments in battery technology. Such things will become increasingly important now as cruising grounds begin to restrict access for polluting vessels. Roy says, while they aspire to “total zero” which isn’t yet possible, they can already deliver “local zero”.

Although capable of becoming a reality, Kairos has not been developed with any one client in mind. Rather it is intended to appeal to more people and probably more younger people than Oceanco’s traditional gigayacht clientele, and especially those with a genuine interest in sustainability and perhaps that coming to yachting without the usual preconceptions. It is about fostering the right sort of conversations.

Kairos incidentally is a Greek word and effectively translates as ‘timely’.

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Prestige is launching a smaller sibling to its X70 crossover yacht. The new Prestige X60 sports a similar profile to its big sister, complete with raked-forward windscreen and larger than usual aft deck and beach club.Asymmetric main deck layout leaves room for a sidedeck to port but not to starboardHowever, it offers a slightly different take on the Prestige X70’s unusual full-beam main saloon that pushes the sidedecks up onto the flybridge. Instead of running across the entire width of the main deck, the Prestige X60’s saloon occupies the full-beam to starboard but stops short to port, leaving room for a deeply bulwarked side […] This article Prestige X60 first look: Asymmetric deck design offers the best of both worlds appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

Prestige X60 first look: Asymmetric deck design offers the best of both worlds

Prestige is launching a smaller sibling to its X70 crossover yacht. The new Prestige X60 sports a similar profile to its big sister, complete with raked-forward windscreen and larger than usual aft deck and beach club.

Asymmetric main deck layout leaves room for a sidedeck to port but not to starboard

However, it offers a slightly different take on the Prestige X70’s unusual full-beam main saloon that pushes the sidedecks up onto the flybridge.

Instead of running across the entire width of the main deck, the Prestige X60’s saloon occupies the full-beam to starboard but stops short to port, leaving room for a deeply bulwarked side deck on this side of the boat.

A sliding section of glass towards the aft end of the saloon opens up onto this sidedeck, acting as an oversized side door as well as providing a cooling flow of air through the interior.

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Another smaller side door next to the helm gives Prestige X60 owners easy access to the foredeck on the starboard side too.

This new solution helps counter criticism that the X70’s lack of side decks makes it harder to rig fenders and take a lazy line forward when berthing stern to in the Mediterranean. The galley is amidships and wraps round the two-seat helm console.

A spacious foredeck lounge with multi-purpose seats/sunpads on either side of an octagonal table make the most of its squared off bow, while a fold out aft-facing bench on the transom gives credence to its beach club status.

The lower-deck comprises a full-beam owners’ suite amidships with its own private staircase, a VIP suite in the bow and a twin guest cabin in-between.

Propulsion for the Prestige X60 comes from twin 600hp Cummins QSC8.3 diesels, but buyers can choose between either V-drive shafts or Zeus pods.

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