2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

Marine

The Platypus prototype takes passengers beneath the waves

Vehicles such as the EGO semi-submarine boat and Adventure-Doo are designed to bring the underwater action within reach of those without the time or inclination to put in the training required to get behind the controls of personal submarines like the offerings from U-boat Worx. But the Platypus underwater exploration vehicle from François-Alexandre Bertrand ditches the waterproof hull while giving users a taste of life beneath the waves. We first looked at the Platypus in concept form in 2011 and a prototype has now hit the water as it navigates the often-treacherous waters to commercial availability.  Read More

Italian design studio Lazzarini recently presented its first 'mini yacht' during the 2013 ...

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 meters (24.6 ft) long and 3.5 meters (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.  Read More

Picchio Boat is a luxury catamaran concept which boasts a glass-bottom master bedroom

Dubbed Picchio Boat (Woodpecker Boat), this luxury catamaran concept from yacht designer Christian Grande boasts large living zones, luxury furnishings and a stunning glass-bottom master bedroom.  Read More

The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPrize aims at combating ocean acidification (Image: NOAA)

Since 1995, XPrize has been promoting science and technology by setting “Grand Challenges” with cash incentive prizes. On Monday, the organization announced the launch of three new competitions by 2020 as part of its XPrize Ocean Initiative, which is aimed at improving the health and understanding of the world’s oceans.  Read More

Zaha Hadid's master concept

Her work may have its critics, but you can't fault the consistency of her design language. Even those with the most fleeting of interests in architecture and design cannot fail to recognize that this yacht design for Blohm+Voss has Zaha Hadid written all over it.  Read More

The Lamborghini Riva Aquarama is the fastest Aquarama built

When you hear the word “Lamborghini,” you tend to think of land, not water, yet the car maker has a page in one of the most famous chapters of boat design. After a three-year effort, Dutch Riva has announced the successful restoration of a piece of maritime history: Ferrucio Lamborghini's Riva Aquarama speedboat.  Read More

Fabien Cousteau in the porch of the Aquarius Reef Base (Image: Mission 31)

Fabien Cousteau, filmmaker, explorer, and grandson of pioneering oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, is set to take a page out of his grandfather’s book by conducting a month-long scientific research mission in the world's only underwater habitat and laboratory. Mission 31 beings on November 12 at the Aquarius Reef Base off the coast of the Florida Keys, marking the 50th anniversary of his the elder Cousteau's historic Conshelf II habitat experiment.  Read More

BayCycle's water-bike (Photo: BayCycle Project)

The BayCycle Project is fast gathering attention for its crowd-funding campaign to bring a fully-fledged water-bike to the masses. BayCycle has released a number of eye-catching videos, including one of project founder Judah Schiller crossing San Francisco Bay on one (which is apparently a first). The project appears to be using off-the-shelf kits from Italian outfit SBK-KIT, whose Shuttle Bike we first featured back in 2005.  Read More

Profile of the scale model of Feadship Royale (Photo: Gizmag)

Earlier this month, Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards released a teaser video promising a “sovereign surprise” at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. On Wednesday, the company took the wraps off in Monaco as it unveiled a scale model of its 2013 Feadship Future Concept. Dubbed the Feadship Royale, the concept is designed to mark this year’s ascension to throne of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.  Read More

The Tender Toy concept on display at the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show (Photo: Gizmag)

Spare a thought for the super rich. Not only do they have to worry about whether their luxury yacht is up to snuff, but they also have to make sure their tender can ferry guests to it in style, their day boat is well equipped for a day away, and their shadow boat has enough room for all the watertoys. French company EAMS believes it has the answer with its Tender Toy concept that it says is "3 tenders in 1."  Read More

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