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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