£200million superyacht that turns 'invisible'
New Delhi : Billionaires who keep privacy first, a £200million superyacht has been unveiled that is capable of going invisible in the sea.
The 106-metre Mirage will be made completely of glass, making it invisible in the sea. The panels, the yacht's designers say, will reflect the image of the sea back to onlookers, making it look as if the 4,200 tonne vessel has 'vanished' to people from as little as 50 metres distance.
The superyacht comes fully equipped with a helipad, spa, outdoor theatre and cinema; it will be suitable for members of the world's super rich who value discretion.
The six-decked craft can sleep 14 guests and 29 crew members, and can cruise at a comfortable speed of 19 knots.
According to designer Pieter Van Geest, the blue prints of the ship have been created in one year and the whole production will take up to three years.
He said: "The whole design process took about one year. The longest part was researching the reflective glass and how it would be built.
"From our side, it was developed with just a team of two, however, there was a whole team to support us from Fincantieri boat builders.
"They dealt with the shipyard development side of it, which is the structural and naval architecture of the vessel.
"The main reason in designing this yacht was to make something that belonged to its environment.
"Most yachts nowadays stand out and break the horizon or the landscape, in a way, we have tried to minimise this effect.
"The colour variable mirrored glass is developed by a German glass manufacturer, which has never been used on yachts before.
"All the vertical panels on the yacht will have this finish.
"If you were on the water it would probably be invisible from over 50 metres away.
"If you are on the yacht itself the mirror will project the yacht's surroundings, so in a way, it will give you a floating on air effect when onboard."
The expected price tag of the superyacht will take it into the top 10 world's most expensive yachts.