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A New Look at The Mako, the Future of Explorer Yachts

Four new renders reveals a closer look at State of Craft's cruising concept.

By Ellys Woodhouse

As the rest of the world advances toward the skies and beyond, the prestigious design studio State of Craft is looking to the waters. The leading studio – which has previously worked on some of the world’s most outstanding residential developments, including The Shard Residence in London – presents the Mako, a cruising concept that the brand described as the bold future of explorer yachts.

The Mako is the brand’s first dip into the waters of nautical design, but what an ambitious debut. The almost 395-ft superyacht is an adventurous take on cruising explorers, featuring long-range ice cruising capabilities and a zero-carbon footprint – all with a design inspired by the shark that gives its name. 

After making its public debut in 2022, the subsequent noise showed the market’s hunger for a sustainable and luxurious cruising vessel. Building on that excitement, State of Craft has released four new renders of the yacht’s generous interiors. 

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Newly released images of the yacht’s interiors / ©State of Craft

Giving a closer look at what is to come for the concept, the new images reveal the Mako’s observatory, studio and master suite. 

The brand has also revealed to Elite Traveler that, while it is difficult to put a cost on the project, it is estimated the superyacht would cost “between €250m and €500m” (approx. between $268m and $536m).

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The interiors lead out to the yacht’s wrap-around decking / ©State of Craft

The images give a better look at the Mako’s unconventional structure, which uniquely blends the hull and superstructure into a seamless overall form, creating a continuation of surface that allows for seamless transitions from the yacht’s interior to outdoor decks. 

At the heart of the yacht is the studio, a light-filled, double-height space with uninterrupted views to both the foredeck and aft deck. This generous and comfortable space flows to the outdoor spaces of the yacht’s aft deck, which wraps around the vessel’s hall. 

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The top deck pavilion makes for an excellent observatory / ©State of Craft

Towards the hull, the unique arrow shape forms a large platform, which has been dubbed the vessel’s beach club for its use for sports and other activities. This central section of the deck can be retracted and the door lifted to allow tender boats to drive directly into the hull and moor internally.  

Above the top deck is the pavilion, a versatile space that can be used as a yoga studio, fitness space, panoramic lounge or even a night sky observatory.

Meanwhile at the bow, the wide and long foredeck has integrated a generous landing platform that has been designed specifically for a VTOL personal Lilium jet, which State of Craft says offers significantly increased safety compared to a helicopter.

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The expansive interior space allows for flexibility to adapt to suit any need / ©State of Craft

And it’s not just in its design where the Mako seeks to break conventions. With its propulsion system of hydrogen tanks, fuel cells and electric engines – combined with a battery storage system and solar panels – the Mako is set to be a sustainable evolution of the luxury superyacht.

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