ON THE HORI­ZON

Luiz DeBasto and Oceanco cre­ate the con­cept yacht Vec­tor, with a su­per­struc­ture they say is ac­tu­ally pos­si­ble to build.

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GLASS GONE WILD

Some yacht de­signs are so super cool that you imag­ine they can only be a pipe dream. But 344-foot (105-me­ter) Vec­tor—a col­lab­o­ra­tive con­cept by DeBasto De­signs and Oceanco—is more than a pie in the sky. “With­out any aes­thetic sac­ri­fice, our ad­vanced Oceanco en­gi­neer­ing makes Vec­tor per­fectly fea­si­ble,” says Dirk de Jong, di­rec­tor of de­sign and in­no­va­tion at Oceanco.

Vec­tor’s su­per­struc­ture would be built from con­tin­u­ously curved and an­gled glass. “Glass is uti­lized in this yacht not only as a de­sign fea­ture, but as a con­struc­tion ma­te­rial,” says Luiz DeBasto, prin­ci­pal of DeBasto De­signs, adding that the en­closed part of the su­per­struc­ture would be sole-to-ceil­ing glass. “It is en­closed be­cause it’s fac­ing for­ward and more ex­posed to the weather.”

Look­ing from the in­side out, guests would have sweep­ing views, but a treat­ment on the glass means the yacht also would of­fer pri­vacy from the out­side look­ing in. The glass would be tem­pered to with­stand force, would have UV pro­tec­tion and could be fogged with the push of a but­ton.

The glass su­per­struc­ture would be en­gi­neered with much the same treat­ment as the cap­ti­vat­ing glass struc­tures one sees at many of the Ap­ple stores. “With lead­ing-edge tech­nol­ogy, the num­ber of weight-bear­ing struc­tures can be kept to a min­i­mum to al­low for a to­tally seam­less ef­fect,” de Jong says.

While DeBasto has been de­sign­ing a di­verse range of yachts for two decades, the five-deck Vec­tor is his new love. “Vec­tor is pure,” he says. “The aft decks are open to na­ture, which is the nat­u­ral ap­proach to the lay­out of a long-range ocean­go­ing ves­sel.” A hot tub would sit un­der the radar ar­ray for a bird’s-eye view of the sur­round­ing seascape.

Other fea­tures would in­clude a beach club and well­ness area, an aft-deck swim­ming pool and a bar with dual ac­cess from in­side and out­side the pool. DeBasto says the pool could even be sur­rounded by real sand, per­haps gath­ered from the finest beaches of Brazil—he says the grains could be kept slightly wet and pro­tected with a can­vas cover when not in use, for the ul­ti­mate in bring­ing the beach to the boat.

“This col­lab­o­ra­tion with Oceanco is a har­bin­ger of next-gen­er­a­tion, over-80-me­ter ves­sels,” DeBasto says. “Plus the de­sign is very ver­sa­tile, as the over­all con­cept can have many dif­fer­ent shapes. Vec­tor is just one of them.”

be­low: A spa tub perches on the top deck for a bird’s-eye view of the sur­round­ing seascape.

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