Rumours abounded that Bill Gates had commissioned Dutch superyacht builder Sinot Yacht & Architecture Design to build the world’s biggest superyacht yet for a reported $650 million, but the truth is that these rumours are just that—rumours. Sinot told the BBC that the company has “no business relationship” with Gates, and that the vessel is still “a concept under development and has not been sold.” Whoever does get the craft, dubbed “Aqua,” though, will have a pretty magnificent yacht.
A model of the 367-foot superyacht was unveiled last fall at the Monaco Yacht Show, and even that model was immense, measuring in at six and a half feet. The yacht is designed to run on liquid hydrogen and fuel-cell technology, which means that the watercraft’s only exhaust would be water. The system would store the liquid hydrogen in two 28-tonne vacuum-sealed tanks that keep the hydrogen at a balmy -423 degrees Fahrenheit. The yacht’s central spiralling staircase leads to a clear base where you can view the tanks. The yacht would be able to hit a top speed of 17 knots, and would have a range of 3,750 nautical miles. “Our challenge was to implement fully operational liquid hydrogen and fuel cells in a true superyacht that is not only groundbreaking in technology, but also in design and aesthetics,” says Sander Sinot, a lead designer with the company.
The exterior of the yacht is designed to bring to mind the flow of ocean swells, which is to say that it has curved exterior lines. Plenty of glass band windows allow for fuller views of the ocean. The yacht has five decks and can accommodate 14 guests and 31 crew members. Four regular staterooms provide accommodations for guests while two VIP staterooms are also available along with a master pavilion. The rooms are all done in a Japanese style, with floor-to-ceiling windows. The yacht also features a cascading infinity pool and plenty of lounging space outdoors, as well as a formal dining area inside and both indoor and outdoor entertaining areas, a gym, a spa, and a yoga studio. The yacht also holds two 32-foot tenders and three jet skis. Gates may not have bought this yacht, but you might have to have his paycheck to afford it.