Design Study: Viral Turtle Yacht “Pangeos” for Super Rich Fake?

Italian designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini has the internet abuzz with his proposal for a giant swimming turtle. The footage of the project was clicked almost a million times, and prominent media such as “stern”, “Welt” or “t-online” reported on it. The watercraft, called “Pangeos”, would literally outshine any yacht built to date with its dimensions – and not just yachts, but also the world’s largest cruise ships.

Unlike the conventional ocean liners, however, the plans do not envisage a home for short stays. On the contrary, “Terayacht” “Pangeos” resembles a floating city. It will include various hotels, shopping malls, parks, shipping and airport ports and all other facilities needed to accommodate up to 60,000 guests in the middle of the sea. In addition, the extravagantly designed cruiser had to move completely emission-free. The plans for this innovative turtle sound almost too good.

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“Terayacht”: “Pangeos” is wider than it is long

The giant yacht stretches 550 meters in length and measures 610 meters at its widest point – the turtle’s arms. If implemented, with a draft of 30 meters it would be the largest floating structure in the world. In order to drive this colossus, each of the nine electric motors had to have an output of 16,800 hp. Nevertheless, cruising speed would only be five knots. And even that seems questionable given the construction and its hydrodynamic properties.

According to the designer’s plans, these do not conflict with the emission-free design that is also planned. The jet propulsion must be fed by various sustainable energy sources on board. In addition to the solar cells on the turtle’s “shell”, a very special way of generating energy has been provided, which justifies the design with the wide support legs. In this way, energy must be obtained from the refraction of the waves during the journey.

Virtual real estate can already be bought

From apartments to large villas, everything had to be there Photo: Lazzarini

From apartments to large villas, there should be everything at “Pangeos”.

But that’s not all, in addition to physics, the realization depends above all on one factor – financing. With an estimated construction time of eight years, construction will probably cost around eight billion dollars. Therefore, it is offered to buy the currently still virtual spaces as part of an NFT crowdfunding campaign.

What is an NFT?

A Non-Fungible Token (NFT) can be broadly defined as a non-fungible, unique cryptographic token. A token is a digital certificate stored in a secure and distributed database. An NFT is a digital deed, so to speak, indicating who owns a unique property, in this case a property on “Pangeos”. Buyers can collect certain content and access the virtual objects with their login data. The same access data also serves as a deposit for the property during actual construction.

NFTs have historically been associated with fraud. You often try to create a lot of awareness about a project in order to increase demand and suggest a high value and thus the possibility of a good investment. As soon as the entire collection was sold, the developers stopped working on the project, promises were broken, or the developers’ accounts were deleted. These disappeared with the collected investments and the investors were left with a worthless NFT.

Various offers can be found on the project’s website under the menu item “Ureal Estate”. From a $116 one-way ticket to homes and villas currently priced over $1,000. Payment is made either with the cryptocurrency Ethereum (ETH) or via PayPal. According to the sales page, some properties have already been sold, many of the 60,000 spaces are currently still available.

The property type can be selected in this menu
Photo: Screenshot/Lazzarini

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Why “Pangeos”?

The Terayacht proposal takes its name from the supercontinent Pangea, which existed approximately 175 million years ago. A similar half-life is hoped for from the mega-yacht, which the designers describe as unsinkable. This must be guaranteed by the 30,000 chambers into which the fuselage is divided.

Lazzarini has already attracted attention in the past with polarizing designs. The designer, born in 1982 and previously active in the automotive sector, was inspired by a swan when developing his extravagant maritime fantasies. So far, this project has also not been implemented.

Whether it will be similar to the latest design, or whether “Pangeos” will actually be built, depends on whether the designer succeeds in convincing enough interested parties of the seriousness of this project.

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