All eyes were on Oceanco at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show as they unveil the striking 115 meter/377 foot Tuhura. Named after the Maori verb which means to bring to light or explore, Oceanco’s latest project takes luxury yacht design in a whole new direction. Designer Igor Lobanov who collaborated with Oceanco on the exterior styling explained that, ““Our Tuhura is a simple idea. The thought was to take a natural shape similar to those seen in the earliest canoe-type craft and augment it multifold to a larger scale, using modern technology.”

Tuhura’s striking design with soft, flowing lines is immediately evocative of simple Polynesian outrigger canoe structures which root the modern yacht in an ancient tradition of boat building. The form also has practical advantages since the hull shape allows for better maneuverability and reduced resistance, and Lobanov’s design can be easily adapted for future builds between 80 and 120 metres in length.

Like any ground-breaking project, making Tuhura a reality wasn’t all plain sailing. One of the toughest challenges was finding a propulsion system that would work with the canoe-like hull. Oceanco collaborated with BMT to develop both the hull and propulsion system and the team decided the best fit would be a hybrid Azipod® contra-rotating system.  BMT Yacht Design Director James Roy explained that, “The hybrid CRP system is inherently efficient and perfectly suited to the canoe form, there is a synergy between the efficiency of the hull form, and that of the propulsion system, leading to a yacht which marries an evolutionary simple hull with an evolutionary advanced propulsion system.”

Tuhura’s interior spaces reflect her Pacific Island design influences and offer a thoroughly modern and calming environment to contrast with the sleek, dynamic exterior. Interior designer Achille Salvagni opted to use brushed teak, gunmetal and tatami floors to create a sense of “humble elegance and sensuality of the primitive organic shapes echoed throughout.

“This is a technically challenging and intriguing project,” says Dirk de Jong, Commercial Director at Oceanco. “It is 180-degrees different from our previous two yacht collaborations with Lobanov Design studio, the 86m launched in 2013 and the 110m Jubilee launched just last year. Yet Tuhura is still 100 percent Oceanco DNA.”

Visitors to the Dubai International Boat Show can find Oceanco at stand SYL-06 at the Superyacht Avenue.