With the GT-series of hybrid superyachts, IYD have effectively created a new market segment. These yachts mark a return to the kind of grace, style and elegant proportions that have been missing from modern yacht design for many years. The GT-55 follows the same “longer, lower, lighter” ethos as her smaller sister the GT-40. The hybrid propulsion system allows her to run at up to twenty knots courtesy of her main engines, travel at up to eight knots for short periods under electric power alone, or for extended periods in diesel-electric mode, with just the gensets running. Synthetic decks, LED lighting, Smart Glass glazing to cut down on the air conditioning load: every aspect of the design was considered from a low impact & efficiency point of view.
The styling is a beguiling mix of retro and up-to-the-minute: features like the reverse bow with its titanium cutwater and the forward cockpit, complete with its own helm station, proving that superyachts can still be fun! The design was partly inspired by the styling and efficiency of the Midnight Lace series, designed by the late Tom Fexas in the early 80’s, partly by the sensible proportions of modern sailing vessels, and partly by the long-held desire to create a relatively compact, stylish yacht that represents the latest in efficiency and technology.
The innovative layout, which places an emphasis on relaxed, casual living, sees the full-beam Master Suite located forward, with an adjoining office. The four guest cabins feature direct access to what must surely be the GT-55’s highlight amongst highlights: The “Beach Resort” - a second saloon that opens onto the enormous aft watersports deck. A combination of folding bulwarks, balconies and hydraulic swim platform ensure that it will be a favourite amongst everyone on board.
Generous crew cabins and living quarters are up forward, below the tender storage facilities, which can house a 10 metre tender along with a multitude of water toys.