Oceanco used the first day of the 2018 Dubai International Boat Show to unveil a 115-metre superyacht concept, Tuhara.
Unveiled on the opening day of the show by His Excellency Saeed Hareb, security general of Dubai Sports Council and Mina Seyahi, vice president and chairman of Dubai International Marine Club, the radical design was reportedly inspired by Polynesian canoes and Maori explorers. Her name is derived from the Maori word for ‘discover’.
Salvagni undertook Tuhara’s interior design, which features influences from the Pacific Islands and East Asia, with brushed teak, tatami floors and bronze metalworld. He said, “Tuhara is a megayacht conceived for a dynamic owner, nevertheless the timeless sense of peace and calmness are the main characterises. This softness and dynamicity are reflected in the humble elegance and sensuality of the primitive organic shapes echoed throughout.”
British naval architects BMT Nigel Gee worked to create Tuhara’s hull and propulsion system, which is integrated with a hybrid, contra-rotating Azipod system from ABB for a top speed of 18 knots.
James Roy, yacht design director at BMT reported that the drivetrain has proven efficiencies in the commercial sector. He said, “The hybrid CRP system is inherently efficient and perfectly suited to the canoe form. There is a synergy between the efficiency of the hull form and that of the propulsion system, leading to a yacht which marries an evolutionary simple hull with an evolutionary advanced propulsion system.”
The yacht’s technical infrastructure – developed by Dutch firm Van Berge Henegouwen’s custom division LuxLab – is able to monitor on-board behaviour and automatically adjust the music and temperature accordingly. Other highlights on board include a 360-degree cinema room, a foredeck hammock and a spa pool on the sundeck.
Oceanco’s commercial director, Dirk de Jong concluded the press conference by saying, “This is a technically challenging and intriguing project. It is 180-degrees different from our previous two yacht collaborations with Lobanov Design studio, yet Tuhara is still 100 per cent Oceanco DNA.”