I’m not a huge fan of the open water but I do appreciate boats and yachts. Nope, I don’t have a great deal of experience with any type of boating really but I love the design of boats and how two similar sized boats can differ in so many ways. We’ve written about lots of different boats over the years but we tend to stay away from Concept Boats for the most part. Today, we’re going to have a look at the Picchio Boat which is currently a concept.
The Picchio Boat, is based on a 21 meter (68.9 feet) displacing catamaran. Just like car designers are busy coming up with crazy automotive designs, the same can be said in the boat/yacht world. It’s really exciting to see what designers and manufacturers are dreaming up and even more so when the concept is slated to become a reality. The Picchio Boat is one of those examples that will go beyond the concept phase and is scheduled for release at some point in 2015. What’s unique about the boat is is glass floor. Awesome right?
The Picchio Boat is the creation of yacht designer, Christian Grande. The boat is was designed to cater to the owner’s every need on a whim featuring high-end conveniences and state-of-the-art facilities which are able to transform a regular trip across the water ways into a memorable experience of relaxation and fun. According to the Christian Grande, the exterior of the boat celebrates “the rhythms of the natural world, adapting to them the times of navigation and life on board”.
I don’t know what Christian has been smoking with his “rhythm of the natural world” talk but what I see is an awesome playground for adults and plenty of room for a party to take place. On the outside, there are two dining areas, one sitting area on the upper deck, sitting area on the lower deck, and even a hammock to sleep on while the gentle sea waves put you to sleep….or cause you sea sickness. There is an additional seating area on the forward balcony along with sunbathing mattresses for relaxation.
Once you’re done being amazed at the exterior of the Picchio Boat, the interior is where things get even more exciting. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by a very spacious living area furnished with a bar, a large sofa, and a dining area. In the center of this area is the submarine observatory – an integrated glass platform allowing you to see the sea and its inhabitants below your feet. And in the evenings, specially designed underwater spotlights will reveal the creatures of the night.
The boat also features two VIP cabins with a private bathroom and a children’s room. The pilot area has a large sofa and access to the master cabin. The master cabin is where the large glass floor is situated right under the bed. A very cool feature indeed but also a bit scary at the same time. The master cabin features a large wardrobe, vanity desks, and a very large private washroom with a double basin, shower, and a whirlpool bath. The boat is estimated to cost $8 million retail, has a cruising speed of 12 knots, maximum speed of 17 knots, and features two Volvo Penta IPS1200 engines producing 900hp each.
The “Picchio Extra” package pictured above doesn’t come with the boat but it can be yours for an additional $86,162. The $80,000 goes towards the small boat, $4,000 for the travel suitcases, $1,350 for the bicycles, $677 for the directors chair, and $135 for the cotton foulards.
For more information, check out the Picchio Boat website.
Picchio Boat Gallery