Maxim Zhivov designs ultimate houseboat concept

  • The concept could be the perfect vessel for those looking to spend an extended period of time on the water
  • It combines all the comforts of home and a luxury sailing experience in a yacht designed to run on solar energy
  • Yacht's open stern resembles the back of a house, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a tiny balcony and a garden

Living on the water could become a lot more hospitable – and stylish – if this concept yacht is ever launched.

Called ‘Your Yacht, Your House’, the vessel could be the ultimate houseboat for wealthy types who crave lazy days on a calm lake or bay.

It combines all the comforts of home and a luxury sailing experience in a contemporary yacht that features a sleek design and technology to reduce its ecological footprint.

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Called ‘Your Yacht, Your House’, the vessel could be the ultimate houseboat for wealthy types who crave lazy days on a calm lake or bay

Called ‘Your Yacht, Your House’, the vessel could be the ultimate houseboat for wealthy types who crave lazy days on a calm lake or bay

The concept yacht features all the comforts of home and a sleek design, with the latest technology to reduce its ecological footprint

The concept yacht features all the comforts of home and a sleek design, with the latest technology to reduce its ecological footprint

The open stern resembles the back of a house, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a tiny balcony, a small patch of grass and a lounge area

The open stern resembles the back of a house, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a tiny balcony, a small patch of grass and a lounge area

Designed by Maxim Zhivov, from Russia, the yacht could be used as a permanent residence or a holiday home.

It has an outer layer of solar panels that capture the sun’s energy, which is used to power everything on board.

The open stern resembles the back of a house, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a tiny balcony off a bedroom, a small patch of grass and a lounge area.

Dock-like extensions create space for tenders or could double as a sun deck on pleasant days.

The yacht also has an extendable cover to provide shade or protect from the rain, and the front has a retractable sun deck with loungers

The yacht also has an extendable cover to provide shade or protect from the rain, and the front has a retractable sun deck with loungers

Designed by Maxim Zhivov, the yacht has an outer layer of solar panels that capture the sun’s energy, which is used to power everything

Designed by Maxim Zhivov, the yacht has an outer layer of solar panels that capture the sun’s energy, which is used to power everything

The yacht also has an extendable cover to provide shade or protect from the rain, and the front has a retractable sun deck with loungers. 

Zhivov told boatsandoutboards.co.uk: 'From the front, its prominent nose gives it a similar appeal to classic rum-runners. As it passes, the open stern evokes scenery not unfamiliar to a small suburban home.'

Superyachts burn a lot of fuel and designers are looking at ways to make them as environmentally friendly as possible and more affordable to operate, proposing banks of solar panels and hybrid propulsion systems.

In 2014, H2 Yachts revealed designs for the world's first energy autonomous superyacht, with a fully electric propulsion system and a liquid organic hydrogen carrier to store energy, but it has not been built. 

FOLLOW THE MONEY: NEARLY HALF OF THE WORLD'S SUPERYACHTS ARE OWNED BY AMERICANS AND BRITONS

Serene (top), the world's 14th largest superyacht, at 439ft, was sold by Russian tycoon Uri Scheffler last year for a reported $350million

Serene (top), the world's 14th largest superyacht, at 439ft, was sold by Russian tycoon Uri Scheffler last year for a reported $350million

While they’re usually associated with Russian oligarchs and Middle Eastern royalty, nearly half of the world’s superyachts are owned by extremely wealthy Americans and Britons, a new study has found.

Multimillion-pound price tags and steep upkeep costs make ownership an incredibly exclusive club, with the first-ever report on luxury yachts revealing that there are just 4,476 in the world.

Of those, 33 per cent of owners are from the US and 11 per cent are from Britain.

In third place, Italy is home to five per cent of all owners, followed by Australia (four per cent) and Russia (three per cent), said the report from London-based yacht management firm Camper & Nicholsons and London-based Wealth-X, which analyses the spending habits of the super-rich.

In 2015, the world's owners spent a combined $22bn (£15.2bn) to operate their yachts.

An estimated $2.68bn (£1.8bn) was spent on sales in 2015, down 18 per cent on 2014’s figures largely due to the US dollar’s strength against the euro. However, orders increased slightly to 166.

The largest yacht that exchanged hands in 2015 was the 133.9-metre (439ft) Serene, the 14th largest superyacht in the world.

It was originally owned by Russian tycoon Yuri Scheffler and was rented by Microsoft head Bill Gates, the world’s wealthiest person, in 2014.

The report found that the average value of a superyacht – defined as a vessel measuring 30 metres (98ft) or more – has dropped to $10million (£7million) from around $16million (£11.1million) in 2011, and the average length is 41 metres (134ft).

The largest superyacht in the world, the Azzam, owned by United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is 180.6 metres (592.5ft).

The report is the first of its kind on the world’s one per cent and their taste for luxury vessels.

Like private jets, superyachts are one of the ultimate symbols of fame and fortune, and a flashy way to flaunt one’s wealth in places such as the Mediterranean or Caribbean.

However, a generation of new and younger owners is setting new trends with a desire for rare and tailored experiences to confirm their high status, the report said.

While the Mediterranean and Caribbean are traditional superyacht destinations, owners are increasingly looking to visit exotic places such as the Galapagos Islands, Asia or Antarctica, meaning the demand for ice-breaking hulls and long-range capabilities is on the up.

They are also fitting their floating palaces with gyms, spas, swimming pools, cinema rooms and brighter open-plan interiors, and bringing personal trainers, nutritionists, therapists and other professionals with them.

In terms of water toys, personal watercraft no longer cut it, as owners want the latest gadgets, including skibobs and hoverboards.

The report analysed data from 211,000 people who have a minimum net worth of $30million (£20.8million).

They account for 0.003 per cent of the world’s population and have a collective net worth of nearly $30trillion (£20.8trillion). 

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