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

While the rest of the world advances toward the skies and beyond, the prestigious design studio State of Craft is focusing on the waters. Known for working on some of the world’s most outstanding residential developments, including The Shard Residence in London, State of Craft now presents the Mako, a cruising concept heralded as the bold future of explorer yachts.

The Mako marks the brand’s ambitious debut into nautical design. This nearly 395-foot superyacht is an adventurous take on cruising explorers, boasting long-range ice cruising capabilities and a zero-carbon footprint—all inspired by the shark that shares its name.

Following its public debut in 2022, the market’s excitement for a sustainable and luxurious cruising vessel was palpable. Building on that enthusiasm, State of Craft has released four new renders showcasing the yacht’s generous interiors.

The new images provide a closer look at the Mako’s observatory, studio, and master suite, revealing the innovative design elements to come. The studio has also shared with Elite Traveler that the estimated cost of the superyacht would be “between €250m and €500m” (approximately $268m to $536m).

The images highlight the Mako’s unconventional structure, which seamlessly blends the hull and superstructure into a unified form. This design allows for smooth transitions from the yacht’s interior to the outdoor decks.

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

Towards the hull, the unique arrow shape forms a large platform, dubbed the vessel’s beach club for its use in sports and other activities. This central section of the deck can be retracted, with the door lifting 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 night sky observatory.

At the bow, the wide and long foredeck integrates a generous landing platform designed specifically for a VTOL personal Lilium jet, which State of Craft claims offers significantly increased safety compared to a helicopter.

The Mako seeks to break conventions not only in design but also in its propulsion system. Featuring hydrogen tanks, fuel cells, electric engines, a battery storage system, and solar panels, the Mako is set to be a sustainable evolution in the world of luxury superyachts.