Feadship unveils Superyacht concept Project Qi
Feadship's Project Qi concept superyacht
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.
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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Can a 99 percenter buy one?
Nothing at all wrong in relieving the rich from the burden of their wealth, keeps the Dutch in jobs and the bankers poor.
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.
Bill, how many people do you think are employed by the design, construction, and crewing of this sort of luxury?
Oh, that doesn't matter to Bill - anything he can't afford is "gross excess"...
just to answer some of your questions:
superyachts contribute â‚¬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)
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?
Would you prefer they didn't have jobs at all?
The rich already pay a higher percentage of their income to the government than you do, and you want them to pay more?
Here's a hint: You have a computer. This fact makes you part of the 1% in world economic terms.
I think I'll wait a couple years and buy one that's used. =P
Granted there are still some slave states, but inmost of the third world sweatshops have waiting lists for their applicants because they are better jobs than the alternatives.
Paying people to not work leads to disaster.
Confiscatory taxes are not a moral contribution to society.
The consumption by the rich helps the poor, directly by providing jobs, and indirectly by improving technological improvements. my less than ten dollar digital watch provides a stopwatch, as well as time, date, and day of the week but it would not exist if some of the rich did not buy the original pulsar led watch $2100 ($12,100 in 2012 dollars). You can buy a good used car for that. The same is true for color TVs, PCs, home video players, etc.
Good Lord let them have it...........in 15 years the singularity will happen and we will all be equal........flying between the planets on wings of fire.
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