To those who say that the world’s richest are not very charitable or considerate of environmental issues, yacht designer Steve Kozloff has this to say: here’s the G-Quest megayacht. The rich might not be all these things right now, but they could be, if they commissioned the build of this megayacht.
Superyacht concepts might seem like a pointless exercise of imagination, but they do serve a point: that of pushing the envelope in naval design and driving innovation. Whether they propose larger volumes or more luxurious features, more gear and enhanced capabilities, or greener fuels and propulsion, these concepts can test the proverbial waters of the industry and introduce new ideas to revolutionize it.
California-based yacht designer Steve Kozloff has been putting in overtime on this account, delivering several concepts that go all out there in certain respects. The Goliath series is perhaps the project to draw the most attention, as it includes vessels that live up to that name. The G-Quest megayacht explorer is a good example in this sense.
Introduced earlier this month, the G-Quest is a gargantuan superyacht explorer (a megayacht, based on size alone) with incredible capabilities, with the most important being that of doubling as a research vessel. This megayacht is not only about meeting the sky-high demands of a very rich owner, but also about being a testbed for research and experimentation, a floating laboratory, and a marine research vessel. G-Quest is like all good things wrapped in one single package with a giant red bow on it, with the only downside that it doesn’t exist. It could at some point in the future, but it would take a lot of money for it to happen.
“The mission of G-Quest, a 215-meter [705-foot] yacht, allows its owner to oversee their philanthropic efforts while living in luxury at sea,” the designer tells autoevolution, adding that the vessel is “designed for both humanitarian and research objectives.”
The division between work and play onboard G-Quest would be physical, with the owner and the guests occupying the top three decks, while the others are dedicated to gear, hospital functions, and research. Kozloff estimates the proportions would be of 20% to 80%, but there would be zero compromises in terms of luxury and comfort to the owner’s comparatively small chunk of the megayacht.
Renders show three pools and one massive helideck, a gorgeous solarium, shaded and open-air lounge areas, and a beach club – and all of them are blown up to size, to match the size of such an impressive vessel. The interior is not detailed, but the designer notes that the list of features also includes a full bar on the beach club, a crow’s nest for uninterrupted views and command and control, a spa area organized around the pool on the flybridge, formal dining and lounge area at the stern, with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, and a basketball half-court on the flydeck. Nothing compares with an outdoor workout session, and you know it.
The owner’s suite is 3,000 square feet (279 square meters) and sits on a private deck with a private pool. Given the size of the vessel, we can assume superyacht-standard features like a gym, cinema, and other fancy lounge areas would be included.
As impressive as all these sound – and the do sound very impressive – it’s the vessel’s remaining 80% that helps it stand out from the crowd of other megayacht concepts. G-Quest would be a “philanthropic yacht” that would serve a variety of purposes. In addition to the 26 guests on the top three decks, it would also carry as many as 150 people, including permanent crew, doctors and nurses, researchers, and a wide range of specialists.
G-Quest would carry a complete oceanographic laboratory, a medical laboratory with MRI and X-ray imaging, ophthalmology department, and dentist suite, and as many as 20 hospital beds with 5G-connected robotic surgery facilities. It would also have a marine laboratory and enough gear to allow exploration of the most remote areas, whether underwater or on land.
The cavernous garages of this megayacht would carry one U-Worx Research submarine, six Candela hydrofoil boats, one electric ship-to-shore landing craft for vehicles and bulk freight, three electric Taiga-Orca jet skis, and two SUVs, one of which would be the Nimbl overland vehicle that Kozloff also designed. A 5,600 square-foot (520 square-meter) hangar would house two Sikorsky S-92 VIP helicopters, one eVTOL air limo designed by Kozloff, and several smaller aircraft. Then, the hangars midships would fit two Cessna Caravan Seaplanes or, if need be, could be repurposed for experimental propulsion systems that would be tested out at sea. A complete dive center with gear would also be available.
Equipped with state-of-the-art navigation and state-of-the-art everything, G-Quest would also be protected against possible attacks. Kozloff mentions anti-terrorism and pirate systems with a permanent crew of security officers and armored windows all around. You can never be too cautious about these things, especially when you have a vessel that stands out like that.