Italian design firm launches its first "mini yacht"


November 8, 2013

Italian design studio Lazzarini recently presented its first "mini yacht" during the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show

Italian design studio Lazzarini recently presented its first "mini yacht" during the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show

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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.

Source: Lazzarini Design via Designboom

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315-740 hp seems abit overkill for this small of craft dont you think? I'v seen similar sized boats where the large option engine is 75HP and that makes it go plenty fast..... this amount is enough for a very fast speed boat... im almost feeling like it could be a typo.


Very awesome! Love the concept.

But why included a military propaganda rendering? (in hopes of war-profiteering?)...

A luxury war-vehicle. oh yeah. "kill in comfort".


This is not a yacht. Yachts have masts and sails


I love it. Boats of similar configuration are known as trailerable houseboats in the USA. Usualy intended for inland waterways.

Dave B13

Anything above force 4 on the Beaufort scale and I think you would have to keep it headed into wind if you wanted to keep the lower bedroom from becoming a penthouse.

Mel Tisdale

Interesting design but such an impractical use of space. Years ago I had a 2450 Bayliner flybridge on a trailer. Same length as this boat but only eight feet wide. It was laid out so well that we used it as a travel trailer crossing the U.S. When we got to the Great Lakes, a river or the ocean, we would put it in the water and stay at the marinas at night while we went out fishing or diving during the day. We had plenty of room for four adults with all the comforts of home. Surprisingly, it was much cheaper to rent a slip for the week than to stay at an RV park. The boat in this article looks like it would handle a larger group of people short term but would not be trailerable. A little more sunbathing space would have been nice as well. Water taxi, yes, recreational cruiser, no.



masts and sails are usually found on sailboats and catamarans and other wind class vessels.

Many motor powered yachts have neither...

Frank Fain

I'm with Nutcase in that yachts definitely must have masts and sails, and may I add that yachts must also have a closed cabin of some sort and 'closed' would include rear doors, which this one does not have. So this one could maybe be a motor boat. A pretty nice one, in fact.


The lighting does not conform to US standards either. The white "headlights" can not be below the side/running lights (red/green). Also, the side lights should only be veiwable to 112.5 degrees, and in the photos it looks that at 145 they are still viewable. An interesting concept. However, getting boarded by the Coast Guard at regular intervals and failing inspections is not in the best interest of the 'mini luxury' owner. Looks like an egg on the water, almost reminiscent of a AMD Pacer or Isetta. They were great sellers - not And as noted - at that size and weight you would want it to be trailerable. 11 width is going to require permits thru every state


I think this is way cool. I think it has a futuristic design.

It does have an option of a rear door and one can customize it. I don't believe a yacht would have to have a mast to be a yacht but it does have to be a certain size.

They even have a smaller sized one that is similar in shape.


So your saying its a mini Yacht, isn't that what you call a boat? If it looks like a boat it must be a boat...

Andrew Keim
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