It seemed as if superyachts were quite expensive and luxurious already. Well, guess again…
Today’s modern vessels do come equipped with cinemas, helipads, swimming pools, gymnasiums, spas and supplementary submarines, but they seem a bit ordinary when put next to the futuristic luxury cruiser that is part of Russian businessman and designer Vasily Klyukin’s vision.
The Monaco 2050 is not only a yacht but a jet plane as well as helicopter that has the ability to take off and land like a F-35 fighter lane or a Harrier Jump Jet.
If a vessel like this can truly become reality, it will enable billionaires to quickly cover the distance between the French Riviera and New York City, while the bartender finishes their cocktail.
“I am a firm believer that we are able to create a future that will give engineers direction to think,” commented Klyukin in his e-mail to CNN.
At the moment, there aren’t any yacht-manufacturers that plan on really constructing the Monaco 2050 vessel. Klyukin, rather, has hopes of sparking a conversation and encouraging his fellow yacht designers to come up with new ideas and think outside the box.
This has not managed to yet kill superyacht fans’s enthusiasm about what the future holds, as they have been blowing up social media with story-related comments and content.
According to initial renderings, the yacht will have a sleek design with a top deck that is able to quickly detach and turn itself into a jet plane that will be able to cover long distances or into a helicopter for shorter airborne travels employing rotors that can easily be moved or adapted depending on the situation.
“The vessel’s upper deck is both part of the yacht and an independent vessel. It can be raised upwards with the help of screws that are embedded in the wings, thus turning it into a helicopter. It isn’t possible to fly to Hong Kong or cross the Atlantic via a helicopter. So after getting up to the necessary altitude and reaching the required level of speed, it is possible to switch on the jet engines and go even overseas,” commented Klyukin.
He’s responsible for the design of quite a list of high-concept yachts.
Some of the previous renderings included gigantic vessels in the shape of a swan, the famous Manhattan skyline and a retro Mississippi steam vessel with an added contemporary luxury twist to its design.
Klyukin is also responsible for designing some buildings that are as spectacular and breathtaking as his other ideas. They can be found on his own personal website.
Last year, it was reported that Klyukin paid USD 1.4 million to purchase a ticket and fly into space with Leonardo Di Caprio along the lines of the first Virgin Galactic flights.
The fact that the technology required to make the Monaco 2050 a reality is still merely a product of our imagination does not seem to discourage Klyukin from commenting that he is going to see the yacht constructed during his lifetime.
“We should not have to wait for the next 35 years to see it become reality. The construction of a yacht like this can be initiated today. Given the development of cutting-edge drone technology and the helicopter industry’s current achievements contribute for an aircraft to be able to reach the desired height, and then, at an altitude of 1,200-2000 meters, switch to its jet engines,” he said.
But until he finds a way to really build his dream yacht, the rich and famous are just going to have to use their uncomfortable and cheap-looking helicopters in order to get from one seaborne pad to another by air.
Images: Vasily Klyukin