Lazzarini certainly know how to rock the boat (pun intended) when it comes to disrupting the yacht industry.
But this is something else entirely.
This is a superyacht that can also fly.
Lazzarini, an Italian design studio that specializes in outrageous yacht concepts, has created outstanding concepts in the past, but this is something else.
Their latest creation is called the ‘Air Yacht’.
As the name suggests it’s a yacht, but it’s also an aircraft.
The main hull is connected to two 150-meter airships powered by helium.
In ‘flight mode’, the two airships fill up with helium and the yacht takes off.
In theory, according to Lazzarini, the Air Yacht can travel at speeds of up to 60 knots (70 mph / 112 km/h) for 48 hours.
The Air Yacht is designed to be a bona fide luxury ship, too.
It has large dining areas and living spaces, and it can provide accommodation to 22 people in 11 cabins, not including crew.
It even has a helipad, and of course a swimming pool on the top deck.
For now, the Air Yacht is just a design concept but it could, at least in theory, be built in the future.
After all, we already have hydroplanes and seaplanes and, conceptually, this isn’t too different.
One of the key issues would be the cost, though.
Building a prototype that works and is safe to operate would cost eight figures at least.
Hopefully some billionaire will step up and finance the prototype.
A variety of crazy projects that are perceived to be impossible are already being financed as we speak.
Saudi Arabia, for example, is working on a wild turtle-shaped floating city that’s also a yacht.
And more importantly, they’re investing $1 trillion on The Line – the futuristic city in the desert that looks like a horizontal skyscraper.
This isn’t vaporware, either.
Construction is already underway.