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Feadship unveils Superyacht concept Project Qi

Feadship unveils Superyacht co...
Feadship's Project Qi concept superyacht
Feadship's Project Qi concept superyacht
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Midship doors open onto Qi's large spa space
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Midship doors open onto Qi's large spa space
Steps at Qi's stern provide easy water access
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Steps at Qi's stern provide easy water access
The Qi will feature its own movie theater with 180° screen
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The Qi will feature its own movie theater with 180° screen
Sliding glass doors will protect Qi's deck during cold weather
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Sliding glass doors will protect Qi's deck during cold weather
Qi's main propeller and stern thruster
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Qi's main propeller and stern thruster
Qi's stern features a wraparound swim platform
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Qi's stern features a wraparound swim platform
Qi's futuristic energy tower passes through each deck
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Qi's futuristic energy tower passes through each deck
Qi's energy tower at night
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Qi's energy tower at night
The Qi's foredeck will offer ample space for dancing
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The Qi's foredeck will offer ample space for dancing
Extendable balcony on Qi's foredeck
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Extendable balcony on Qi's foredeck
The Qi's foredeck can be configured for a number of activities
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The Qi's foredeck can be configured for a number of activities
Dining is another option on Qi's foredeck
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Dining is another option on Qi's foredeck
Guests in Qi's port side gym will enjoy expansive views
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Guests in Qi's port side gym will enjoy expansive views
The Qi's topside jacuzzi will surround a fire pit
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The Qi's topside jacuzzi will surround a fire pit
Some of the Qi's specifications
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Some of the Qi's specifications
Schematic of the Qi's deck layout
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Schematic of the Qi's deck layout
Feadship's Project Qi concept superyacht
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Feadship's Project Qi concept superyacht
Qi propulsion system schematic
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Qi propulsion system schematic
Feadship's Project Qi concept superyacht
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Feadship's Project Qi concept superyacht
Feadship's Project Qi concept superyacht
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Feadship Royal Dutch shipyards will offer a glimpse into the rarefied world of superyachts at the Dubai International Boat Show later this month (March 13-17). The luxury watercraft manufacturer's 56 meter (183.75 ft) Future Concept vessel Qi (say "chee") will be showcased (scale model only) along with a few of Feadship's real-world 70 meter-plus (229 ft+) multimillion dollar models, the 81 meter (266 ft) Air, and the 77.7 meter (252 ft) Tango. Built for a realm where just turning the engines on at the dock for ten minutes will set the owner back hundreds of dollars, these are designs that are sure to impress.

Named after the Asian concept for the life force that's presumed to surround and flow through all creation, the luxurious, yet-to-be-built Qi will, with a combination of main engine and diesel electric generators, have a top speed of 16 knots and a 5500 nautical mile maximum range (at 14 knots).

A team of designers and naval architects from Feadship collaborator De Voogt spent ten months on the project and brought numerous innovations to the mix. To boost fuel efficiency by eliminating drag, they gave Qi's wedge-shaped hull (11.4 m/37.5 ft at its widest) just one main propeller. Directly aft of that, they added a separately-powered, contra-rotating and orientable stern thruster capable of driving the ship at 12 knots in the event of main engine malfunction.

Feadship's Project Qi concept superyacht
Feadship's Project Qi concept superyacht

The combination of large interior spaces, including a gym/spa, movie theater, even a topside fire-pit in the jacuzzi, promises to make the Qi a party boat par excellence, but all that potential opulence will come with a substantial cash outlay. No price point was available, but a smaller Feadship yacht, the 44.65 m (146.5 ft) Helix, recently sold for around US$45 million, so the Qi is likely to go for an appreciably higher sum. If you have to ask the price, it's probably not the yacht for you. Given that the average superyacht owner only spends a handful of weeks on the water, but must maintain a full-time crew, it helps explain why fully 80 percent of such pricey craft end up as charters within four years of launch.

Check out the video below for a taste of what Feadship claims the Qi will offer:

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12 comments
Bill Bennett
GROSS EXCESS
Mark A
Can a 99 percenter buy one?
L1ma
Nothing at all wrong in relieving the rich from the burden of their wealth, keeps the Dutch in jobs and the bankers poor.
Ct
L1ma- Absolutely correct. This is a growing industry that creates jobs on many levels. Yes, it does flow down hill. Fedship is always a design and techonolgy leader in the industry.
Decimator
Bill, how many people do you think are employed by the design, construction, and crewing of this sort of luxury?
Keith Reeder
Oh, that doesn't matter to Bill - anything he can't afford is "gross excess"...
Superyacht Jobs
just to answer some of your questions:
superyachts contribute €24bn to the global economy (2010) >6,000 companies operate in the industry >130,000 land based jobs c.100,000 day-work/contract jobs c.33,000 crew are currently employed
Source: Economic Analysis of the Superyacht Industry by The Superyachtyacht Report (published in their 2012 Annual Report: http://www.superyachtnews.com/thesuperyachtreport/library.html)
JPAR
How many thousands of people in the third world have lived below the poverty line and worked in sweatshops so that a single individual can buy such a 'toy'?
How many government services have been cut back because the grossly rich employ off-shore tax techniques to allow them to avoid making a moral contribution to society?
and why should such few individuals consume such a vast amount of the world's scarce resources?
Decimator
JPAR:
1. Would you prefer they didn't have jobs at all?
2. The rich already pay a higher percentage of their income to the government than you do, and you want them to pay more?
3. Here's a hint: You have a computer. This fact makes you part of the 1% in world economic terms.
GeoMoon5
I think I'll wait a couple years and buy one that's used. =P