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Lithe yacht has diesel-kite hybrid power and toy-hauling support boat

Lithe yacht has diesel-kite hy...
Dynamic duo: Ice Kite and Ice Ghost
Dynamic duo: Ice Kite and Ice Ghost
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Many a superyacht has space for toys, but the Ice Kite has its own Ice Ghost toy support yacht
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Many a superyacht has space for toys, but the Ice Kite has its own Ice Ghost toy support yacht
The Ice Ghost allows Ice Kite passengers to explore the sea and air
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The Ice Ghost allows Ice Kite passengers to explore the sea and air
The kite drive helps to improve the overall efficiency of the Ice Kite
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The kite drive helps to improve the overall efficiency of the Ice Kite
The Ice Kite's aft deck and beach area is a particular highlight with a waterfall pool and generous lounge space
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The Ice Kite's aft deck and beach area is a particular highlight with a waterfall pool and generous lounge space
The Ice Kite includes a touch-and-go helipad
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The Ice Kite includes a touch-and-go helipad
Dynamic duo: Ice Kite and Ice Ghost
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Dynamic duo: Ice Kite and Ice Ghost
The Ice Kite is still in the design phase
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The Ice Kite is still in the design phase
That distinctive central shell of glass creates huge views
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That distinctive central shell of glass creates huge views
Flybridge deck with hot tub
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Flybridge deck with hot tub
Sipping, swimming and relaxing on the aft deck
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Sipping, swimming and relaxing on the aft deck
The Ice Kite has a thin, graceful form, its hull designed for low resistance and efficient performance across the speed range
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The Ice Kite has a thin, graceful form, its hull designed for low resistance and efficient performance across the speed range
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Looking to go a little greener than average with their latest superyacht project, Red Yacht Design and Dykstra Naval Architects skip the diesel-electric drive for a more natural hybrid power source. The diesel engines still handle a bulk of the work, but a kite drive grabs hold of the wind to add efficiency. Still in the design phase, the impressive 210-foot (64-m) Ice Kite also includes a heap of glass for unmatched views, a touch-and-go helipad, a large beach area with waterfall pool, and a style-matched tender to carry toys of air, sea and subsea.

Kites don't have the long, illustrious nautical history that sails do, but they've been gaining some attention as a power source in recent years, especially as tastes turn toward greener watercraft. The Kitetender is a small vessel that makes use of kite power, while the SkySails system finds use on larger vessels like commercial ships and private yachts. SkySails equipment is even helping the "Race for Water" zero-emissions hybrid catamaran circumnavigate the world.

So, in looking for a greener form of propulsion, the Ice Kite's German entrepreneur owner who commissioned it in 2018, and its designers and architects, sought to explore this new trend in wind, designing a superyacht around the concept of a deployable kite that supplements a 2,000-hp dual-engine diesel drive. A low-resistance hull helps ensure efficient movement for the best overall performance, with top speed estimated around 17 knots (32 km/h).

The kite drive helps to improve the overall efficiency of the Ice Kite
The kite drive helps to improve the overall efficiency of the Ice Kite

If it's not fully clear from the "Ice" name and the hybrid propulsion, an environmental theme twists its way through the DNA of the aluminum-hull, carbon-superstructure Ice Kite. The brief for the exterior design was to create something that looks as natural in the water as a sea animal – or at least as organic as a monstrous 200-foot superyacht being pulled by a kite can look atop the otherwise uninterrupted blue serenity of sparkling ocean.

The designers start by stripping away the heavy, stacked forms that permeate modern yacht design, placing a large touch-and-go helipad at the fore and an open beach area at the aft. Between, extensive tinted glasswork fosters continuity in the clean flow of the design. The vessel takes on a thin, stretched form, helped along by staircases that flow subtly rather than dropping drastically.

The Ice Kite has a thin, graceful form, its hull designed for low resistance and efficient performance across the speed range
The Ice Kite has a thin, graceful form, its hull designed for low resistance and efficient performance across the speed range

The aft beach area centers around a waterfall-fed pool and includes a 12-person dining area, bar and numerous sun beds. A second, less conspicuous sundeck occupies a bulk of the flybridge deck, offering a hot tub, sun beds, full-size bar and BBQ area.

All the glass amidships not only adds to the clean simplicity of the Ice Kite's exterior design but erases the divide between inside and out. The lower lounge of the main saloon provides views from virtually every angle, and a few steps up, the "kite lounge" gives passengers an expansive spherical view of the kite at work. This upper lounge also converts into a dining area.

That distinctive central shell of glass creates huge views
That distinctive central shell of glass creates huge views

Down on the lower deck, the full-beam owner's cabin has his and her bathrooms, an office, lounge area, and direct access to the adjacent spa. The owner can choose whether to reserve spa use for him/herself or open it up to up to 10 passengers staying in the four guest cabins. Crew quarters are located at the forepart of the lower deck.

The Ice Kite's thin, efficiency-optimized hull isn't designed to carry toys or tenders, a task left to the vessel's partner-in-crime: the 85-foot (26-m) Ice Ghost, a support vessel for hauling a full array of Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift-grade toys. On its deck, it can carry an Icon A5 amphibious airplane, U-Boat Worx submarine, 60-knot custom performance RIB and two jet skis. Below deck, the storage garage houses a maintenance area, dive equipment, SeaBobs and a Chilli Island electric lounge craft. A 6-ton marine crane does the heavy lifting.

The Ice Ghost allows Ice Kite passengers to explore the sea and air
The Ice Ghost allows Ice Kite passengers to explore the sea and air

After all those toys find their way into water, the Ice Ghost's main deck provides an auxiliary party area complete with galley, while the lower deck houses two twin cabins for four guests or crew members. Power comes from a 1,600-hp dual-engine system.

We weren't buying into the spiel about this massive superyacht being as eco-friendly as a kite-flying sea animal to begin with, but tack on an 85-foot toy-hauler satellite boat and our skepticism enjoys the backing of physical evidence. However, in a world that still celebrates massive superyachts of all styles, the Ice duo does set itself apart from the norm with its sleek looks and diesel-kite hybrid power.

Source: Red Yacht Design via Boat International

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4 comments
Douglas Rogers
I was hoping the kite would have a fishing reel mechanism and generate electricity.
Pete Kratsch
Ahhhhahaha I just gotta laugh... That kite is the worlds biggest virtue signal and the best part is that the yacht owner gets kick back on his couch, sip his cognac, smoke his cuban and look out of the front window and what does he see? His big giant kite showing the world how environmentally conscious he is. I'm not even going to mention the toy hauler support ship LOL.
BlueOak
Faux-Green-chest-beating in the grandest sense... far grander than any Tesla Model S or X owner.. or Future Faraday dreamer could ever hope. (“No really, I have a 35,000 watt solar panel array on my 8,500 sq ft beach house roof.”)
BlueOak
Edit: *Faraday Future. (Although, perhaps it matters not since the FF91 seems to be date-stamped permanently somewhere in the “future”.)