Fairy tale

Cantu Design together with DFD Design have unveiled a 51-metre superyacht concept with a fast displacement hull.

09 November 2020


US studios Cantu Design and DFD Design have teamed up to present a 51-metre hybrid superyacht concept named Sinderella. Its engineering package can easily adapt to advances in battery and hydrogen cell technology.

The project features a number of design and engineering solutions that have been developed to ensure the longevity of Sinderella with environmental concerns at the forefront of the design process.

The inspiration behind the exterior design was to create a clean and contemporary profile.

“I wanted to create something that combines the best of American and European design philosophies,” explains John Cantu, who founded his studio in 2015.

“This is the sort of look I think we should be producing in America. Sinderella has a sexy side to it but is also tough in its appearance and it piques your interest — it is the grand and magical ball that is still there when you wake up the next morning.”

This look is achieved in part by the plumb bow that evokes an instantly recognisable stiletto heel detail which can be seen at the waterline.


Cushioned behind the bow on the main deck is a sunken seating area, concealed underneath the foredeck. This space is unveiled when deployable awnings lift part of the deck to reveal a cosy socialising area.

Just aft of this location is additional seating and sun pads, underneath of which is the tender garage with stylised gullwing door openings for the safe launch and retrieval of a 6-metre and 5-metre tender.

Up on the sundeck is a touch-and-go helipad towards the aft, while a bar and a Jacuzzi is located forward offering stunning panoramic views.

The sundeck superstructure also includes a glass overhang that acts as an awning. Underneath this overhang, the supporting structure is angled allowing sunlight to penetrate into the sky lounge, which includes a dining and lounging space and an al fresco dining area aft. When shade is desired, the glass can be made opaque with the flick of a switch providing a stylish yet practical design solution.

“It is one of the defining features of the concept,” explains Cantu. “This is one of a few design and engineering solutions that allowed us to circumnavigate the issue of achieving a strong and full looking exterior without adding to the tonnage. At the same time, it provides a very practical purpose and is a simple yet effective solution.”

One of the core elements to this project is the application of colour to the exterior via carefully integrated lighting technology in the structure and windows.

The interior accommodates 10 guests across five en suite rooms with the owner’s full beam suite on the upper deck and four suites on the lower deck.

Three power plant packages have been considered for Sinderella. The first two options are a diesel-electric package utilising four 500 to 750 kW diesel gensets that power Kongsberg electric azimuths.

The use of a diesel-electric and auxiliary battery bank system provides Sinderella with two hours of purely electric, zero-emission propulsion.




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