A new cutting-edge superyacht boasts a silent mode in a bid to offer guests the ultimate luxury – peace and quiet.
The 164ft-long aluminium-constructed Home, built by Dutch shipyard Heesen, is decked out with a hybrid diesel electric propulsion system, which minimizes noise pollution and fuel consumption without sacrificing speed.
London-based professor Barry Smith, who founded the Centre for the Study of the Senses, helped guide the boat’s development and he said that Home runs at ‘a sound of around 46 decibels – the level of softly falling rain’.
The 164ft-long aluminium-constructed Home, built by Dutch shipyard Heesen, is decked out with a hybrid diesel electric propulsion system, which minimizes noise pollution and fuel consumption without sacrificing speed
London-based professor Barry Smith, who founded the Centre for the Study of the Senses, helped guide the boat’s development and he said that Home runs at ‘a sound of around 46 decibels – the level of softly falling rain’. Above, one of the yacht’s luxurious bedrooms
Along with space for sunbathing, the yacht’s top deck features a slick bar and lounge area for entertaining
Professor Smith says this unique feature will help high-flying passengers get greater enjoyment from the yacht’s on-board amenities – especially when it comes to food.
He explains: ‘Our research has shown that the brain’s processing of taste is affected by noise, which reduces the tongue’s ability to detect salt, sweet and sour.
‘The beauty of Home is that it enables those on board to enjoy food and drink to the full with no diminution of taste.’
Heesen designers said they found many of the activities at sea involve enjoying good food and wine, so they wanted to cut out any distractions.
Home’s hybrid and mechanical power sources can be used simultaneously or independently.
In silent cruise mode, her fuel consumption reduces to a staggering 45 litres per hour – an astonishing feat for a yacht displacing 295 tons and a gross tonnage of 499.
At night time the yacht comes alive, thanks to dozens of spotlights on the outside decks
The yacht has an aerodynamic design, allowing it to cut through the water at speed (left) and there is plenty of space on the outside decks to entertain or enjoy the sea air (right)
Home was sold to a passionate yacht enthusiast in July 2016 but there is no word on who the purchaser was or how much the vessel went for
Thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, guests can enjoy sweeping ocean views from the comfort of their room
The yacht’s kitchen is decked out with top-of-the-range appliances, so decadent feasts can be rustled up by the in-house chef
The yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests and the bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms and ample wardrobe space
In this setting, the yacht can reach up to nine knots, while in normal mode it can hit a top speed of 16.3 knots.
On the design front, Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, was responsible for crafting Home’s exteriors.
He opted for a vertical bow, with other striking features including a swimming platform and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
Inside, the yacht’s two-tone palette with jewel-like burgundy details, was the vision of Italian interior designer Cristiano Gatto.
The yacht can sleep up to 12 guests and the owner’s apartment includes a private study, large bathroom and spacious bedroom.
There is a spacious sundeck on the yacht, so guests can sit back and soak up the sun
On the lower deck there are five luxurious staterooms, with two doubles, two twins and one VIP suite.
Other rooms around the watercraft include two lounges, a dining room, gym, spa area and lobby.
The main outdoor deck centres around the theme of ‘relaxed living’, with sun loungers dotted around and a sweeping open-air bar.
At night, the yacht takes on a different guise, with spotlights and coloured lighting transforming its appearance.
Home was sold to a passionate yacht enthusiast in July 2016 but there is no word on who the purchaser was and how much the vessel went for, though it is known that her sister ship, Project Electra, currently under construction, would cost approximately 33.8 million euros.
Home’s finished design was unveiled in 2017 and this January it won Best Naval Architecture Displacement and Best Ecological Design & Operation Innovation at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards in Kitzbühel.
Judges praised Home’s designers for addressing ways to reduce environmental impact.
The yacht’s two-tone palette with jewel-like burgundy details was the vision of Italian interior designer Cristiano Gatto
The bar on the yacht lights up, creating quite the party atmosphere
Guests on the yacht can keep in shape while at sea thanks to a small gym area