Dominator Yachts Debuts Its 87-Foot Hybrid Ilumen

Several innovative elements made the new yacht design a highlight of the recent Cannes Yachting Festival…

In September at the annual Cannes Yachting Festival, Dominator Yachts introduced the D26 Ilumen, an 87-foot semicustom model that uses hybrid propulsion. Though it has not yet been built, the yacht—which took two years to develop—presents specifications that are indeed promising, both in terms of design and performance.

Its four power modes range from pure electric, which engages the electric engines and enables the yacht to travel silently at speeds up to 6 knots, to diesel and electric, which engages both the diesel and electric engines and enables a top speed of 26 knots. At a long-range cruise speed of 8 knots, the yacht can travel more than 3,400 miles before refueling—a range more often delivered by yachts twice its size. The Ilumen’s hull is made from carbon composite, which reduces weight while increasing rigidity, to help it cut through waves and maintain a comfortable ride. The multilayer hull is reinforced to reduce onboard noise.

Much like its performance, the yacht’s design—by Alberto Mancini, a young Italian designer who has been responsible for a number of innovative yachts launched in the last few years—gives it the feel of a much larger vessel. The full-beam master suite, for example, measures more than 320 square feet. It is situated on the main deck toward the bow and is highlighted by a forward panel of floor-to-ceiling windows, which slide open to a private terrace at the bow. The suite also features a large sliding sunroof that allows occupants to sleep beneath the stars.

The flybridge is huge for a yacht this size, complete with a hot tub, bar, dining table, padded lounge area, helm station, and retractable sunroof. In an effort to create the illusion of extra space and provide ample light, the yacht’s saloon has floor-to-ceiling windows aft and at the sides. At water level, the stern door folds down to create a swim platform and interior lounge area. Beach clubs like this one have become popular amenities aboard megayachts, but they are rarely seen on sub-100-foot boats. Below deck, the Ilumen can be equipped with two guest cabins and either two larger cabins or one full-beam VIP suite.


Like all Dominator yachts, the Ilumen can be customized with virtually any materials and furnishings to suit the taste of its owner. This initial design calls for backlit onyx, zebrano, and silk, among other materials. The Vienna-based Italian shipyard has not yet announced pricing for the Ilumen or an expected launch date for the first example. (dominatoryachts.com)

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