Architect unveils revolutionary $15m solar-powered yacht

Arabian Business. By Nick Ames.

A futuristic yacht has been designed by architect Margot Krasojevic which is powered by solar panels on its sails.

The Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran, set for construction this year at an estimated cost of $15 million, has been created for Holden Manz wine estate in Franschoek, South Africa. Krasojevic says the clients are racing fans, but the yacht can also be used for cruising.

The vessel can convert from a racing trimaran to a single-hulled cruising boat with a set of fold-out hydrofoils to lift the main hull out of the water, reducing water resistance by up to 80% and creating a faster and smoother ride.

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