Basketball courts and 3D cinemas are among the frivolous amenities secreted on superyachts, so after splurging so extravagantly it’s unsurprising some billionaires are happy to forego discretion if it means their status symbol will make a significant impact.
That desire to be noticed is ably met by Moonstone. A new concept developed by the shipbuilders Oceanco and Van Geest Design, the 295ft (90m) ship’s unique feature is a faceted hull that sparkles, diamond-like, as it captures the reflection of the sun shimmering on the sea. It’s when darkness falls, however, that Moonstone fully comes to life.
Solar-powered, innumerable LEDs embedded in the facets activate at dusk to provide a dazzling light display that can be manipulated by an app. Though infinite permutations are possible, the most intriguing option draws from nature – fed to the app by cameras, the colours of a surrounding Caribbean sunset can be displayed on the hull to provide an entirely distinct form of camouflage (while conversely ensuring Moonstone still remains the centre of attention).
The lighting system has been developed in collaboration with Temeloy, an advanced lighting design company, and though this innovation undoubtedly provides Moonstone’s most impressive feature, Van Geest Design promises there will be plenty to preoccupy big-spending guests who will, after all, be spending nights on the yacht rather than admiring it from afar.
Should a future owner have it built to their intended specifications, Moonstone will include a gym and spa, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, cinema and helicopter pad, and would feature a private owner’s deck on one floor. Performance will be impressive too, with the yacht having a projected top speed of 18.5 knots and a PYC classification meaning it would be permitted to carry more than 12 guests.
As yet Moonstone remains a concept and its approximate price is undisclosed, but Van Geest Design has presented their proposal widely and already two separate buyers have expressed strong interest in the concept. Should an order be placed soon, Oceanco estimates it would take approximately three years for the vessel to be built at their facility in the Netherlands. Fanciful though its design may seem, a shimmering Moonstone could set sail before the decade is out.
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