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Your own private island that goes wherever you want
If you fancy your own private island but can’t decide where, this could be the answer.
Project Utopia is a man-made floating island that looks like it would be more at home in a science fiction movie than on the high seas.
The island’s diesel powered azimuth thrusters mean it can move in any direction at a top speed of fifteen knots. And if you suffer from sea sickness there’s no need to worry; the structure’s four ‘legs’ keep it stable even on the heaviest seas.
Project Utopia is one hundred metres in diameter and has the same deck space as a modern cruise liner. The basic engineering is not much different to an oil rig. But that’s where the similarities end.
Utopia’s eleven levels have over two hundred berths for guests and seventy for crew.
Two of the decks are dedicated entertainment zones where you will find a cinema, a casino, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. And if you fancy a bit of shopping there’s a whole deck given over to retail shops.
Obviously as the proud new owner you can design your own interiors and features to suit yourself. But something you probably wouldn’t want to change is the swimming pool and sun lounge. Located on the top deck this is covered by a huge, sliding glass canopy which can be opened and closed as weather conditions dictate.
At its highest point, sixty five metres above sea level, Utopia features an observation deck.
Four helipads make travelling on or off the island easy. And at sea level wet docks with retractable jetties on each ‘leg’ provide access and storage for boats and jet skis.
Project Utopia was developed by British company Yacht Island Design and BMT Group naval engineer Nigel Gee. The final design was unveiled on 19th September at the Monaco Boat Show.
Yacht design director at BMT Group, James Roy, commented; “Visions of the future are often constrained by familiarity with the present or reflection on the past. Much is made in today’s design community of starting with a blank sheet of paper yet many, if not all yacht concepts revert back to the traditional form - the perception that a yacht should be a form of transport becomes an immediate constraint. Utopia is not an object to travel in, it is a place to be, an island established for anyone who has the vision to create such a place.”
The price? No one seems to know. But it is rumoured to be in excess of 100 million US dollars.
Article - http://blog.oceanvillasgroup.com/
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