The Submersible Superyacht with Helipad and Moving Pool
You’re yacht hunting? Why then, bring forth your Superyacht checklist. Let’s see now, Helipad? (Yep!) Pool, bar, gym? (Of course!) Cinema room? (No problem). Submerge button? (What was that last one again?)
The latest concept to emerge from the drawing boards of Austrian-based company MC:B (Motion Code: Blue) is a six-deck, 115-metre, dazzlingly white yacht called Migaloo (a name inspired by the world’s only albino humpback whale, to be spotted, on occasion, roaming up and down the east coast of Australia).
This is not just your average yacht: Migaloo is the first ever fully submersible, submarine-yacht hybrid, which means you can stand out (or hide from) from the crowds at whim. Imagine how much fun you could have keeping the paps guessing.
Genius design features mean that when you click the submerge button, all tenders and toys can be safely stashed away, furniture fits snugly into storage areas beneath the granite decking, and the pool’s base rises up to meet deck level (maximising the floor space underneath). Windows are surrounded with underwater lights so you’ll still have views when you’re exploring the ear-popping depths.
Within the tower is a light-flooded saloon and a wide staircase surrounding the central, round elevator. An enormous aft deck features all manner of lounge areas, sun beds, a bar, an 8×3-metre pool as well as the all-important helipad. Four wide hatches, two on each side, transform into enormous beach terraces for maximum sun exposure.
Migaloo’s major bonus of course is that the yacht offers absolute, total privacy – something that will appeal to all camera-dodging celebrities. Even when you’re above the waterline seclusion is at the heart of the concept – the foredeck has a private bar accessed only from the vast owner’s suite directly underneath, with a telescopically extendible roof to shade you from prying lenses.
At the moment it’s still a concept vessel with no price tag, but because dimensions are near-identical to the U.S. Navy’s latest Virginia-class attack submarines (minus the deadly nuclear missiles, course), this would bring an estimated cost to around $2.3 billion. Better add ‘submersible’ to your checklist, then.