Gill Schmid Design’s latest superyacht concept caters to the growing number of eco-conscious seafarers.
Christened Bloom, the 272-footer is equipped with a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system that produces less carbon, noise, and vibrations than conventional gas-powered engines. The setup gives the vessel a top speed of 16.5 knots, a cruising speed of 14 knots, and a range of 7,000 nautical miles at 11.5 knots. It’s not the newcomer’s only draw, of course.
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Penned in partnership with Lateral Naval Architects, the yacht features a steel hull and steel superstructure that are equal parts sleek and sturdy. The design is based on Lateral’s new Free From Bulkheads (FFB) platform that eschews upright walls and enclosed spaces in favor of a much more open-plan layout.
The flowing nature of the vessel is perhaps best showcased in the bi-level entertainment space. Guests can move freely between the two levels and also have direct access to multiple pools or the ocean. As such, Bloom will feel more like your favorite oceanfront resort than a typical vessel.
The superyacht has the lavish accommodations of a five-star hotel, too. Six spacious guest suites sit at water level by a double-height aquarium, while the owner’s suite opens to a private deck with a Jacuzzi, an outdoor cinema, a fire pit, and sunbeds. In addition, there are prep kitchens on every deck, several swanky dining areas and lounges, and even a juice and sushi bar. Other interior highlights include a huge gym and a spa with ocean access.
Heading outside, the lengthy foredeck is outfitted with a touch-and-go helipad and a Jacuzzi surrounded by plush lounges. More splashy amenities can be found aft, with a glass-bottom pool on the main deck overlooking a second pool on the beach club below. The beach club is also equipped with expandable platforms and ladders for seamless comings and goings. Further toward the stern lies a hydraulic swim platform where you can board the 33-foot limousine tender, 36-foot RIB, or one of the three Jet Skis from the garage.
Hybrid yachts are becoming increasingly popular in the marine industry, as they are more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient than diesel-powered vessels. Rossinavi, Amels, Numarine, and Southern Wind are just some of the industry heavyweights to have floated hybrids to date. The New York–based Gill Schmid Design also unveiled a diesel-electric 213-footer back in 2021. No doubt there will be more hybrids on the horizon soon.
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