Pierpaolo Lazzarini, the person behind Lazzarini Design Studio has created a solar powered catamaran that doubles as an amphibious vehicle.
Known as the Pagurus, named after a genus of hermit crabs, this 82ft catamaran is solar powered helping it get from sea to land. When the sun isn’t powerful enough, twin 890hp diesel engines, power the props moving the ‘pagurus’ to an estimated top speed of 24 knots.
The Pagurus has a trick up its sleeve though. Whilst the yacht is in motion on open water, the submersed sections house large 6.5m helical screws that spin with the friction of water allowing it to charge the onboard batteries. These four screws are also connected to an engine, independent of those running the propellers, which generate up to five knots of additional power.
These screws can then be lowered further and used as propulsion devices when on land, moving the yacht on sand or mud up to 30 km/h.
The yacht is subdivided in two living sections configure on each side with two or three bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom, accommodating up to eight passengers, plus four crew members. The two hulls are interconnected by a bridge tower deck which houses the main dining area, that, can be lowered down so that guest can eat on the water. If the owner prefers it can also be used to house a vehicle that can be used when the yacht reaches land.
Prices are said to start at €24,000,000 and can be optioned in a multitude of colours.