Amplitude: Power, Luxury, and Green Innovation in Superyacht Design

June 30, 2023
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Source: m51yachts, Instagram

Hong-Kong-based design house M51 Concepts has recently unveiled the renderings for its groundbreaking superyacht concept, Amplitude. This exceptional vessel, measuring 95 meters and constructed from a combination of aluminum and composite materials, showcases cutting-edge technologies, including two inflatable wing sails. The inspiration for Amplitude stems from another concept by designer Anthony Glasson, Pendulum, which originated from a simple doodle of the bow design and went on to shape the entire exterior.

Amplitude represents a remarkable fusion of the comfort and power of a motor yacht with the eco-friendly features of a sailboat. Its inflatable sail wings serve as the primary innovation, significantly reducing fuel consumption by harnessing wind power. The wings can be easily inflated or deflated as required, eliminating the need for complex deck equipment such as winches and halyards. While currently used alongside a hybrid solar-electric propulsion system, Glasson envisions a future where the wings alone could power a vessel of this magnitude.

The interior of Amplitude showcases a modern design with a futuristic Sci-Fi aesthetic, tastefully incorporating traditional yacht materials like wood and marble as highlights. The bridge deck features a central living and entertainment space adorned with vaulted ceilings and skylights, creating an airy and well-lit ambiance. The forward wall is almost entirely covered with screens, providing an immersive cinematic experience. The full-beam owner’s suite shares a similar wall design and includes a striking in-room bathtub enclosed by glass walls. There are two additional VIP cabins, four twin cabins for guests, and two crew cabins. Amplitude boasts nearly 2,900 square feet of solar panels, generating clean and sustainable energy for its battery banks. With an estimated range of over 5,000 nautical miles, the vessel’s carbon footprint falls below that of similar-sized aluminum vessels.

Penned both inside and out by M51 Concepts, Amplitude captivates with its visually stunning design. The interior expertly blends a futuristic aesthetic with traditional elements like wood and marble. The bridge deck houses a spacious living and entertainment area with vaulted ceilings, skylights, and a lounge bar wrapping around the inflatable mast. A distinguishing feature of this space is the forward wall, comprised mostly of LED screens, providing a captivating front view from the bow or allows guests to watch movies together. The yacht’s exterior showcases a large swimming pool, a 12-seat dining table, and a lounge on the aft deck. The bridge deck offers a hot tub, sunbeds, and additional alfresco seating. A dining area, a lounge, and a bar encircling the base of the inflatable mast are the various other amenities onboard. A swim platform and fully stocked tender garage complete the package.

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Amplitude comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests in its spacious cabins, including two VIP staterooms, four twin cabins, and two staff staterooms. The bridge deck replaces the typical sun deck layout with a forward hot tub and seating area, while the aft deck offers ample lounge space with built-in sunbeds. The main deck aft provides a semi-enclosed seating area for alfresco dining in any weather condition, and the aft deck houses a large swimming pool, additional alfresco dining space, and planter boxes with beach grasses. For propulsion, Amplitude utilizes a hybrid-electric system consisting of HVO generators and an electric motor drive with battery banks. These batteries can be charged by both the generators and the vessel’s impressive 266 square meters of solar panels.

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