With a retractable "moon roof" the Dominator Illumen's owners can sleep under the stars

An owner’s cabin with a retractable “moon roof” is the

centrepiece of a revolutionary new design for a 26-metre motoryacht.

The

spectacular owner’s suite is surrounded by glass on three sides with access to

its own private bow terrace but it’s the retractable ceiling, allowing its

occupants to sleep under the stars, that will cause the biggest stir.

The Dominator Illumen project has been under development in secret for two

years and will finally be made public at the Cannes Yachting Festival next month,

although the finished boat is still some way off.

Designed by Alberto Mancini

for custom yacht builder Dominator Yachts, the idea was to capture the space

and feeling of a megayacht in a 26-metre raised pilot house design.

There is certainly no skimping on the specification list

with a carbon fibre full hull that is claimed to be 25% lighter than

conventional GRP and eight times stiffer than steel.

Multiple layers of sound

insulation and special rubber mounts developed from the cable car industry have

also been used to keep noise and vibration to a minimum.

Even the drivetrain has been subjected to intense scrutiny

resulting in a hybrid solution with four different modes ranging from pure

electric cruising at 6 knots to combined diesel and electric motors for a top

speed of 29 knots.

An optional 12,000-litre tank should give it a range of over

3,000nm at 8 knots.

All the yacht’s key systems will have built-in redundancy as

standard and there’s no skimping on luxuries either with features such as a beach

club area at the stern, a hot tub on the flybridge and a fully customised

interior with the owner’s choice of wood, marble, silk and leather.

Dominator Yachts caught MBY’s attention earlier this year

when our sea trial of the 640 flybridge (MBY Sept 2014) revealed it to be one

of the most beautifully executed craft in its class.

The new Dominator Illumen looks set

to be an even bigger surprise.

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