Lateral naval architects reveal 102-metre superyacht: Project Balance

01 October 2018

Credit: Lateral Naval Architect, a subsidiary of BMT

British naval architecture and engineering firm Lateral have revealed their superyacht – designed by Sinot, and enabled by Oceanco's proven LIFE platform: an optimised hull that delivers fuel efficiency and environmentally-conscious solutions.

On board, Project ‘Balance’ accommodates 14 guests across several generous staterooms, including four double suites on the lower deck, two VIP apartments on the main deck, and impressive owner’s facilities on the dedicated owner’s deck.

The yacht’s clean, architectural lines come from the drawing boards of Sinot, who have incorporated large glass windows into the ship’s profile, as well as introduced expansive outdoor spaces to create a perfect balance between indoor and outdoor.

Explaining the engineering design philosophy behind the project, Lateral’s managing director, James Roy states that, as the name implies, ‘balance’ is indeed at the very heart of the vessel: “We do not live in a linear world,” Roy explains. “The world is in balance, our Earth and its ecology act as a coordinated system to maintain the balance of nature and a state of equilibrium.

“A small change in a seemingly benign parameter is balanced out by another to ensure the complex system remains in balance. Balance, then, is the inspiration for our project. Project Balance is a yacht with a natural balance of proportion, form and space – achieved by taking inspiration from the laws of nature and asking new questions.”

Oceanco’s LIFE platform is developed in collaboration with Lateral, and leverages fundamental naval architectural principles to deliver a design that operates in a virtuous circle: less weight, less power, and less technical space, in turn, drives the need for a lower overall gross tonnage and affords a better balance of technical and luxury space on board.

Such a virtuous circle results in being able to select a lower engine block series, which in turns means a significant reduction in the vertical height required in main machinery spaces. At the centre of the virtuous circle is the result: a single-tier engine room.

Credit: Lateral Naval Architect, a subsidiary of BMT

Lateral’s principal naval architect, Alex Meredith Hardy, explains the immediate benefits of a single-tier engine room: “Where conventional designs of this size would employ a full height engine room, Project Balance can utilise a single-tier design to deliver more benefits to the owner. The single-tier engine room at the heart of the LIFE platform delivers greater accommodation and lifestyle space, more flexibility in layout, and, ultimately, a yacht of perfect balance.”

Coupled with a hybrid propulsion system that features twin 16V2000M72 engines at 1440kW, Project Balance delivers exceptional performance and is configured to offer multiple operational modes, each matched to the variable operating profile of a yacht designed to adventure autonomously across the world’s oceans. The ship boasts a range of 5,300 nm, a cruising speed of 16 knots, and a top speed of 18.5 knots.

Further in reference to the exterior design, Sinot states: “With a 102-metre length and nicely balanced superstructure, the yacht’s appearance lives up to her name. Teak detailing in the ceilings, the stern and on-the-side grills offer a warm and pleasant demeanour.

“From the beach club up to the observatory, the five decks provide vast space for outdoor activities, lounging and dining – with the main deck featuring a 10-metre pool and an outside cinema found on the bridge deck.

“On the lower deck, the efficient single-level engine room creates a very spacious area for the stunning open beach club, the Laguna Lounge, a large gym and a fully-equipped spa with sauna. In short, Project Balance is the perfect family yacht: her innovative layout and design will set the new standard for future generations.”

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