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Posted by on Nov 17, 2013 in US |

Picture This: Inside an Eco-Friendly Mega Yacht

Step Onboard Sparkman & Stephens designed Safira

Safira is a one of a kind, eco-friendly mega-yacht. This floating palace runs on biodiesel and was built to such discerning standards that she earned a coveted LEED Platinum environmental rating.

Check out these photos and read the full article, Safira: Eco-Friendly Megayacht by Diane M. Byrne on YachtWorld.

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The owners turned to Sparkman & Stephens for the design and engineering of Safira on the advice of their captain. Safira has advanced cruising features like an ice-strengthened steel hull and dynamic positioning, plus green features like the ability to run on biodiesel.

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All woods are forest-certified or reclaimed.

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Rather than have Safira’s exterior decks lined with teak, a wood that is not always sourced in ethical ways, the owners requested that Esthec’s decking material be used. Esthec produces synthetic soles that mimic the look of wood in remarkably realistic ways and works with a number of high-end clients as a result.

Her low-season charter rate is $119,000 per week, and her high-season rate is $140,000 per week. But it won’t cost you anything to enjoy the photos and imagine yourself watching the sun set off South Georgia Island from the hot tub.

What a boat.