As the superyacht market evolved throughout the last 50 years, the expectations and requirements of yacht owners, too, have evolved; they continue to push the boundaries of design and development. Based in the Netherlands, ICON Yachts has responded to these demands with the construction of a revolutionary yacht that blends intelligent use of space with beautiful design and pioneering technology. This yacht is the 96-foot (29.22m) ISLANDER HYBRID project, which is proudly represented for sale by Northrop & Johnson.
A collaboration between ICON yachts and multi-award-winning designer Ken Freivokh, who envisaged a pocket hybrid superyacht offering all the luxuries of a much larger vessel combined with a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system, ISLANDER HYBRID is set apart from all other yachts in her range. From the outset, ICON strived to build an exquisite yacht offering the very best of Dutch craftsmanship. Thus, ISLANDER HYBRID’s steel hull and aluminum superstructure were completed and met Lloyd’s certification standard. ISLANDER HYBRID will be ready for delivery within 18 months of contract completion. The ocean-going steel hull features a 24-foot (7.5m) beam, creating generous interior volume.
ISLANDER HYBRID’s unique diesel-electric propulsion comprises twin Hydrosta electric Azimut thrusters with lithium-ion battery generators. When ISLANDER HYRBID is underway, the generators will continuously charge the batteries, providing power to the thrusters. With such a system, the impressive fuel consumption is considerably lower than a standard shaft configuration, allowing for a remarkable range of 2,200 nautical miles at 10 knots. In addition, ISLANDER HYBRID is much quieter and produces considerably fewer exhaust emissions, creating a smoother, quieter ride with very little onboard vibrations — both while underway and at anchor; all complemented by the yacht’s Zero Speed stabilization system.
ICON Yachts has built an enviable reputation in the last decade, delivering some of the world’s most distinguished superyachts, including the 223-foot (68m) M/Y ICON, the 205-foot (62.5m) PARTY GIRL (ex. MERIDIAN) and the 205-foot (62.5m) M/Y BATON ROUGE. ICON’s attention currently is focused on completing ISLANDER HYBRID, which promises to be a yacht in a class of her own.
ICON boasts a reputation of maximizing the space aboard its yachts. Thus, ISLANDER HYBRID boasts a highly efficient use of space at a practically unheard size for a custom-build Dutch shipyard of this caliber. The 140-strong construction team at ICON’s facilities in Harlingen is determined to deliver ISLANDER HYBRID to the same technical standards as bigger yachts.
Designer Ken Frievokh has become world-famous for pushing boundaries and delivering revolutionary projects such as S/Y MALTESE FALCON; the ISLANDER HYBRID certainly follows suit. Frievokh’s aim was to incorporate as many features usually found on a much larger yacht as possible. These include spacious interior dining, large tender storage capabilities, a private on-deck master suite and expansive outdoor spaces. There also has been considerable attention paid to the service areas on board; all technical spaces to allow ISLANDER HYBRID to run with a full complement of crew.
The overall feeling of space and light throughout the interior is thanks to the generous use of oversized glass and low, solid bulwarks. These open up the living space dramatically, inviting in the surroundings and offering panoramic views and seamless inside-outside experience. Natural light also pours into the full-beam master stateroom through a beautifully designed skylight, which runs the length of the cabin all the way from the bed to the exquisitely appointed split-level en-suite. ISLANDER HYBRID’s layout was carefully designed to accommodate up to eight guests in four spaciously comfortable staterooms, including the main-deck master.
ISLANDER HYBRID’s three additional cabins on the lower deck comprise two half-beam staterooms, which can either be configured as doubles or twins and benefit from generously proportioned en-suite facilities and a double cabin found forward of the lower guest accommodation.
The open-plan main salon features extensive glazing and flows between lounge and dining areas. Two L-shaped sofas and triangular coffee tables are found here. The oversized superyacht sundeck boasts an alfresco dining space, a full bar, a barbecue grill, sun loungers and built-in seating to port and starboard. Further alfresco dining is provided on the aft deck; it includes seating for eight and a full-service bar.
“Offering class-leading innovation, hybrid propulsion and superior Northern European build quality, there are few yachts that will compare with ISLANDER HYBRID upon her completion,” says Edward Dickinson, sales broker at Northrop & Johnson. Philip Bell, also a broker of Northrop & Johnson representing ISLANDER HYBRID, adds, “There are no other new build opportunities for a yacht of this size on the market today. ISLANDER HYBRID offers economical, green-propulsion systems and breathtaking exterior and interior designs.”
ISLANDER HYBRID is under construction at ICON’s facilities in Harlingen, Holland, where inspections are highly recommended. ISLANDER HYBRID is priced at €10,500,000 exclusively through Northrop & Johnson. Full build specifications and renderings are available upon request.