The 150-foot Gotham Project is the marine equivalent of the Wayne Manor
Three years ago, around the time of the high-profile annual Monaco Yacht Show, we first heard murmurs of a Batman-inspired superyacht. But as is the case with several fantasy projects like this one, the time from conception to execution can span anywhere between a few years to several decades.
Good thing then that we didn’t have to wait too long. Dutch shipyard Icon Yachts has confirmed that it has begun building a 46-metre (150-foot) yacht with the keel laying ceremony recently undertaken at the Bloemsma aluminium facility in Makkum, Holland. Brokerage firm Bristow-Holmes are involved in this project, as are naval architect Van Oossanen and designer Ivan Erdevicki.
The design of The Gotham Project inspired by the mask of the caped crusader isn’t a mere vanity project – the sleek aluminium hull design has been conceived with the aim of reducing fuel consumption by 15-20 per cent and giving the vessel a higher top speed of around 25knots. Powering up this superyacht are twin 2,000hp MTU engines.
The multi-tiered exteriors have several spaces for guests to kick back and work on their tan. Below the helm station is a deck with two wet bars and integrated bar stools. Below it is a large alfresco dining area that opens out into the main saloon. One level lower, is a waterside bar near the swim platform that opens out into the water and has a retractable staircase. The foredeck has another sunbathing area with a plunge pool adjacent to it.
The Gotham Project will have a transatlantic range of up to 2,950 nautical miles. There are four guest cabins that can accommodate up to 8 guests within them. Apart from these guest suites, there is also a full-beam master suite. The yacht will have a state-of-art entertainment system, a gymnasium and is reportedly the only sub 60-metre yacht feature a glass wine cellar located in the lower deck.
Delivery for this vessel is slated for June 2019. Interestingly, it is also certified for charters. It’s the ultimate yacht for a superhero-themed party.