What hosts 60,000 guests, costs $7.9 billion dollars and is shaped like a turtle? It’s Pangeos, a terayacht that could become the largest floating structure the world has ever seen.
Which brings up more questions. Like what is a terayacht? And why do we need one? Wait, let me get out my yacht yardstick. Superyachts range from 37 to 60 meters (about 120 to 200 feet), megayachts are 60 to 90 meters (up to about 300 feet) and gigayachts are more than 300 feet long. The longest yacht currently plying the seas is Azzam, measuring 179.7 meters (590 feet).
But Pangeos will make Azzam look like a micropenis. It will measure a whopping 550 meters (1,800 feet) long and 610 meters (2,000 feet) at its widest point. This floating city can house 60,000 guests, and features shopping centers, parks, hotels, ship and aircraft ports.
“A terayacht needs a terashipyard: the conception of a similar sized vessel, involves the realization of a specific shipyard/dam infrastructure that floods to levitate the terayacht when it will be launched,” said a spokesperson for the design firm.
The terayacht will resemble a giant turtle, cruising around the world at a speed of up to five knots. For landlubbers, that translates to 5.75 miles per hour. Fortunately, solar panels will power the teraturtle’s nine high-temperature superconductor engines.
“While sailing, the large wings will gain energy from the breaking of the waves and Pangeos will cruise perpetually without emissions around the planet Earth seas,” Lazzarini said.
Next step? Raise $7.9 billion to build Pangeos. Lazzarini is crowdfunding via non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The design studio estimates it will take eight years to build.
So back to why the world needs a luxurious turtle-shaped terayacht? One can imagine a climate change-inspired repeat of the Noah and the arc story. Except this time, instead of conserving animals two by two and weathering a 40-day flood, 60,000 of the richest and most powerful humans survive rising seas by taking an endless cruise.
Images via Lazzarini