With the Project Sea Hawk superyacht concept, the London-based design firm Hawk Yachts aims to create a superyacht that is not only big in size, but substance as well. The 338-foot yacht concept has been engineered as a true luxury expedition craft—equally comfortable cruising near the polar ice caps or on the Amazon River. Its massive interior could accommodate as many as 36 guests and 62 crew.
Designed from what the company calls the “ocean up,” the Sea Hawk will feature an efficiently hydrodynamic hull with belted reinforcement, large bilge keels, retractable fin stabilizers, and oversize propellers. But its real beauty is in the bow. Approximately 1.5 decks higher than standard designs, the unique Hawk bow elevates the gunwale (top edge), and its shape helps deflect and dampen the force of large waves. Thanks to this geometry, as well as its construction materials, the yacht will be ready for Polar Ice Class 6 certification and will be able to cut through ice up to 2.5 feet thick.
In polar opposite conditions, Sea Hawk will take the heat in stride thanks to engine-cooling systems, powerful air-conditioning, insect and pollen filters, and heat exchangers capable of handling the high silt content of many tropical rivers. Adding to the yacht’s versatility is the planned use of a hybrid propulsion system that will allow cruising at speeds of up to 12 knots using only electricity.
In for the long haul, the lavish exploratory vessel will have a range of 12,000 nautical miles, enough storage for voyages lasting more than three months, and a helipad for any necessary ship-to-shore sojourns. An onboard incinerator along with sewage and grey-water treatment processes will minimize environmental impact.
Form, however, is not lost amidst all of Sea Hawk’s functionality. Its vast, fully customizable interiors could feature a spa, an indoor pool, an open galley, and an ample bar and lounge surrounded by windows. For the ultimate view, the asymmetrically shaped bridge will have room for guests to relax and observe the journey from the captain’s perspective.
Hawk Yachts, which is ready to begin construction upon purchase, will preview Project Sea Hawk (price available upon request) at the Monaco Yacht Show, September 23 through 26. (hawkyachts.com)