In the world of transportation, there are a few universal laws: Cars drive, planes fly, and boats sail. But a new flying superyacht from Lazzarini Design Studio may soon change everything we thought we knew about travel. As reported by CNN, the concept vessel, named Plectrum, is designed with hydrofoil technology, which is best described as an an underwater fin, that allows the boat to lift off of the water’s surface and “fly” at top speeds. To do this, three hydrogen-powered motors capable of 5,000 horsepower each push the yacht up from underneath.
“We like to remember that in 1964, shipbuilding was already capable of similar vessel construction,” the design team said in a statement. Hydrofoil technology, specifically, dates back even further—all the way to 1906. For those who follow sailing, the speciality vessels are most commonly seen at America’s Cup, an international sailing competition, which is what inspired this new creation. However, most of these vessels don’t even come close to the size Lazzarini Design Studio is proposing. The AC75, the model used in America’s Cup, is 75 feet long. Plectrum, on the other hand, is imagined at 246 feet. For this reason, if it were to be built, it wouldn’t come cheap: The designers expect it to cost around $86 million.
Still, according to Lazzarini, the hydrofoil technology would allow the boat to travel significantly faster than other similarly sized vessels. As CNN reports, designers believe the boat could get up to 75 knots (about 86 miles per hour). Amenities like a helipad, beach club, swimming pool, six guest cabins, and an owner’s suite are also included in the four-deck concept. Of course, building a hydrofoil of this size would be a considerable challenge; nonetheless, Lazzarini Design Studio remains confident that if a buyer is found, the flying superyacht could be constructed within two years.