Italian design firm launches its first "mini yacht"
Italian design studio Lazzarini recently presented its first "mini yacht" during the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show. The Jet Capsule is a compact water craft measuring 7.5 m (24.6 ft) long and 3.5 m (11.5ft) wide. The futuristic looking vessel can be customized to suit a myriad of purposes, including a water taxi, emergency water vehicle, patrol boat, scuba diving vessel or recreational cruiser.
The watercraft is made with a fiberglass hull and features a hydro-jet system and can come equipped with one or two (petrol or diesel) engines, offering from 315 to 740 hp. On board, the craft features a protected deck and seating area which accommodates eight passengers, automatic closing doors, rooftop sunbed, rear diving platform, convertible bedroom, toilet and can be customized to include a kitchen.
At night time, the Jet Capsule's interior and exterior lights are designed to give the impression that the vessel is an out of this world spacecraft, hovering over the water.
The Lazzarini studio has also presented several conceptual ideas based around the Jet Capsule, transforming it into a camouflaged and armored military vessel, a water ambulance service, and even a party boat complete with two big subwoofers, a DJ console and fully adapted for wakeboarding and water skiing use.
"Clients may select among several different versions of the Jet Capsule, including a floating boutique or a floating kitchen to offer catering to yachts… actually it has no limits," Fausto Rasini from Jet Capsule Srl tells Gizmag.
Lazzarini is also currently developing a U.F.O. prototype which in this case stands for Unidentified Floating Object. The vessel is actually a futuristic sustainable house boat with multiple levels, spacious living zones and a submerged glass encased lower bedroom. "It's a floating solar powered house with a 12 hp electric engine that is able to move the floating structure for short distances," explains Rasini.
The U.F.O prototype is set to be completed by 2015 and prices for the Jet Capsule are yet to be released.